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Drinking the Food Pyramid: Healthy Living and the Cold-Pressed Juice Craze

The juice craze is on. The juice craze is on.

 

Admit it. At one time or another, you have spent somewhere between $6 and $10 on a fresh-pressed organic juice and guiltily slunk down the street, trying not to let anyone see you’re a yuppie at heart. But damn it, those rows of pretty rainbow-colored bottles are just so eye-catching! Then again, maybe you’re not such a sucker for snazzy packaging.

We’re undeniably in the middle of a juicing revolution that is reaching raw foodists and Big Mac weekenders alike. Hype aside, getting your seven daily servings of fruits and vegetables in liquid form is one of the most effective ways to extract vitamins and nutrients from your food.

Though cold-press juicers are more expensive, their slower and more thorough extraction means higher juice yields and better-quality juice, which can be preserved for a longer period of time.

Juicing, which is being touted as a means to lose weight, detoxify and elevate phytochemical levels, retains nutrients generally lost when food is cooked. It also extracts fiber, which, though an integral part of eating well, impedes digestion and slows nutrient absorption when consumed in large quantities. Juicing allows these vitamins, minerals and proteins to be absorbed more readily into the bloodstream. Cold-pressed juices in particular have been receiving a good deal of attention.

Proponents claim that compressing food, rather than roughly pulverizing it as with a standard centrifugal juicer, slows oxidation, allowing fruits and vegetables to keep their enzymes and nutrients intact. Though cold-press juicers are more expensive, their slower and more thorough extraction means higher juice yields and better-quality juice, which can be preserved for a longer period of time.

Apparently, however, just cold-pressing juice isn’t enough to eke out every last bit of health benefits from your drink. Chewing each time you take a sip activates the secretion of saliva and enzymes that inform your body that it’s time to process and absorb the nutrients you’ve just consumed. Bottoms up!

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