I have a quick question. I was reading and doing research and came across some information stating that when you juice veggies or fruit you lose a lot of the enzymes, nutrients, and vitamins similar to when you cook them. Is this true? Or is this just a myth? What do you all think?
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I've always heard the opposite. That juicing items allows you to get all that stuff more quickly than when you have to digest the fiber or digest the cooked product.
I think it depends on how you juice whatever you are juicing and also what the blade or auger(or whatever is doing the juicing) is made of.
Teeth run at a slow speed and are made of inert bone like material. Some juicers heat up the product as much as cooking and are made from metals that react with whatever you are juicing in mostly negative ways.
I think low speed juicers or presses that are made from inert material(like ceramic or glass) would be totally fine.
Teeth are probably the best choice :)
+1 for the auger style juicer! Look at the Omega juicers not too expensive, and work very well with leafy greens and wheatgrass! Also don't make your juice for later, drink it immediately for the least oxidation and nutrient loss. Green juice is by far my favorite thing to consume!!! Unlock the all that green chlorophyll, it's the plants stored energy form the sun, you will be so energized!
I think they say this because it oxidises. But on the other hand, in a fully juiced state, they will be extremely easy for the body to absorb. So unless you chew exactly like a juicer but quickly before it oxidise, you might not be able to effectively absorb everything anyway.
I say juice on with good conscience.
No, you actually gain access to far more of the nutrients, even if you are using a centrifugal juicer! You are also making it super-easy for your body to absorb these nutrients. For example, the US Department Of Agriculture tested 12 fruits and found that the juice contains roughly 90% of the antioxidant activity. This is good enough for me!
More and more research studies are showing the benefits of juicing. If a lot of the enzymes, etc. were lost, this would not have been so. Another huge plus is that only the insoluble fiber is lost via the juicing pulp. The important soluble fiber is retained. And I even stir some of the pulp back into the juice to get extra fiber.
So, all in all, your body can only benefit from juicing a variety of fresh goodies regularly. Enjoy!