Do you drink juice?If so, here’s something you should know – not all juices are created equally! There’s a big difference between pasteurized juices and raw juices. If you haven’t made the swap from pasteurized juice to raw juice, read on to learn why you should!
Most of the juices found in the grocery store are pasteurized, meaning they have been heated to a high temperature to kill any and all bacteria. Unfortunately this means that all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients have also been killed. Many companies add synthetic vitamins back into their juices, but these vitamins are not the same and do not fuel the body like natural vitamins and minerals do. Plus, many companies also add sugar or sugar syrups to their juices, making them basically sugary juices with no nutritional value.
Raw juices have not been heated to high temperatures, meaning they still have all essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients in tact! These juices often have no added sugar – it’s often just fruit or veggie sugar. The best kinds of raw juices to drink are freshly made juices (make your own at home!) or Cold Pressed Juices. You’ll find lots of Cold Pressed Juice options in the grocery store and at local cafes if you look for them!
I really love to make my own fresh juices at home, especially green or veggie based juices. These juices are so good for our bodies! I often choose to do predominately veggie based juices filled with veggies, ginger and lemon, since these kinds of juices offer numerous nutrients, are detoxifying, and aid digestion. To sweeten my juices up, I simply add a half to whole piece of fruit.
Asides from tasting delicious, raw juices can support our health in numerous ways. Here are some examples of what they do for us.
Health Benefits of Raw Juice:
Alkalizes the body
Improves gut health
Boosts immune health
If you haven’t tried juicing yet, get yourself a juicer and give it a try! Or try out some local cold pressed juices and see how you feel! This is the juicer I have and love. It’s not very expensive but it gets the job done!
What’s your favorite fresh juice combination? Mine is celery, cucumber, mint and apple. It’s soo good!