Drinking natural juice is a healthy option for the body. Although you may not get the same nutrients as you do when you eat the whole fruit and vegetable, juicing still gives you a lot of nutrients, such as potassium, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some claims even say that drinking natural juice is better than eating the whole fruit or vegetable because the nutrients get absorbed better. Fiber, which is still present in whole fruits and vegetables, can hinder the absorption of some nutrients. Juicing is also linked to a healthy immune system. It can also prevent cancer. It can also be used during weight loss because it can give a feeling of satiety.
When you decide to start juicing, the first thing you will need is a juicer. A juicer is different from a blender in that a juicer only extracts the juice out of the fruit, removing the flesh and rind.
You also need to know the two kinds of juice according to concentration- 100% juice and juice drink. The first type, 100% juice, is juice without any additives. This is known as the real ‘juice’. If it is a mixture, it is still called 100% juice if the different kinds of juice added have 100% concentrations. Juice drink, on the other hand, is diluted juice. Water and sweeteners, either artificial or natural, are already added. You can choose what kind of juice you may want depending on your liking.
Next, choose the fruit or vegetable you may want to juice. Good options for vegetable juice are carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and cabbage. Carrot juice is a good source of vitamin A, which is helpful in maintaining healthy eyesight. Drinking this twice a day is highly beneficial. Tomato juice is rich in lycopene, which is good for the heart. Cucumber juice is good for hydrating the body because of its high water content. In fact, its taste is similar to watermelon juice. Lastly, cabbage juice has been discovered to be beneficial to gastrointestinal conditions, such as indigestion and chronic constipation.
For fruits, you can juice apple, mangoes, melons and grapes. These are high in potassium and vitamins, especially vitamin C. You can mix and match to make your own recipe. You can add fruit juices to vegetable juice to add sweetness.
When making your juice, be sure to keep these reminders in mind. Do not forget to wash your hands before touching any fruit and vegetable. You don’t want to contaminate your juice, because it is supposed to make you healthier and not give you a disease. Be sure also to clean the fruits and vegetables, as well as the juicer, thoroughly. Lastly, you must not keep your juice longer than one week, even if it is in the refrigerator. It is best if you drink freshly prepared juice. Juice that is stored for a long time may accumulate bacteria, since this is not pasteurized.
Juicing is basically a good addition to your diet. It is beneficial for the body, and it is very easy to prepare. Just choose your fruit or vegetable, prepare it properly, and you are good to go.