All you need to know about cold-pressed juices

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A morning without orange juice is like a day without sunshine. But not all juices are the same. There’s normal juice- the juice that we all know and then there’s cold-pressed juice. This is the new health trend that is sweeping people across all nations. This style is the new favourite of all health freaks. The modern lifestyle is constantly changing and we are changing with it. What’s so great about this juice, you ask? Well, it’s healthy and contains more vitamins than your average juice.

How is it made? These juices are not made in the regular juicer, but are “pressed” as the name suggests. This helps retain the maximum flavour of the fruit or vegetable and when it is put through a cold-pressed juicer, it retains the maximum amount of nutrients. Cold pressed Juices will provide an instant nutrient and sustained energy hit. The other style of juicing involving rotating blades can overheat and oxidise the juice, resulting in nutrient loss – and a less palatable end result.

How is it manufactured? You can get cold-pressed juice in a variety of flavours from 100% Orange Juice to complex, dense green juices. Cold-pressed juice that you find in bottles starts out by using huge hydraulic presses that press fruits and veggies through fine mesh getting nearly all of the juice out of the produce. For citrus, the manufacturers use high speed extractors to get deliciously bright juice from oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. When the extraction process is done, you get naturally vibrant juice, that is bottled and shipped.

Juice power at home! The best way to get your hands on one is to make your own, and the juicers are available from homewares outlets. When juicing at home, aim for nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables. Take the juice from leafy greens and powerhouse root veggies as your base, then add citrus or fruit to sweeten the taste. Juicing at home enables you to decrease the fruit and increase the veggies, so over time you should find yourself enjoying greener, less sweet juices.

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If you’re new to juicing, a blend of cucumber, celery, spinach and lemon is a nice, easy way to start. A green smoothie with banana, mango and spinach is great if you like a sweeter drink. Another benefit of drinking green juices is that, you eventually start to retrain your taste buds and ultimately lose the craving for hot chips and other fatty foods. So keep calm and juice it up!

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