What is Juicing?
Juicing is basically the extraction of the juice from raw fruits and veggies. The fibre, also known as pulp, is what’s left over and usually takes a few hours (if you’re Gillian McKeith) or a day for most of us, to pass though the body and come out the other end. By extracting the juices and drinking them in a raw form, we get the benefit of all the goodness immediately. Juices tend to be veggie-based and smoothies tend to be fruit-based, but both can contain both fruits and veggies – did you know that cucumbers and tomatoes are actually fruits? Anyway, made correctly, they taste absolutely delicious.
Why is it good to Juice?
Opinions differ here – from claims that drinking them causes superman/woman-like powers, to claims that it’s actually bad to drink too much of the stuff in one go. Despite these conflicting opinions, it’s hard to deny that fruits and veggies contain nutrients, which are one of the three things we need to stay alive (along with oxygen and water).
It therefore makes perfect sense to get as close to their source as possible i.e. FRESH – not cooked to death, processed, or mixed with chemicals to ensure they don’t go mouldy whilst sat in a tin on the shelf in a shop.
Obviously drinking the juice from ten oranges in one go might be a little excessive – as would eating ten bananas. However, incorporating a fresh juice or two, made from a mixture of fresh fruits and veggies, into our daily diets is undeniably a good thing. As well as being packed to the drawstrings with goodness: vitamins, minerals and natural sugars, they also help the body to cleanse itself and to repair at a cellular level (how do you think cuts heals or bones rebuild?).
Thanks to people like Jason Vale, aka The Juice Master, we can now enjoy some of the most delicious combinations imaginable. Several of the contributors here at AW3i can’t stand the taste of celery or beetroot, but when mixed with apples and limes – woo-wee – can’t get enough of it.
How to get started?
Many moons ago, Juicing was a pain in the fibre-extractor. This was mainly because all the ingredients needed to be finely chopped, and then most of the pulp would fly out the machine’s collecting tray, leaving a huge mess all over the kitchen.
However, there has never been a better time to get into juicing because new machines out there have wide shoots, so apples, pears, kiwis etc. go in whole; pineapples can be juiced with the skin on!
The Philips juicer below is one of the best for extracting the maximum juice and is also really easy peacy to clean. Given that the cost is about the same as going out for a Sunday roast with the family, including wine and deserts, it’s not expensive for a good ten years worth of juices – and save a whole bunch of heart-ache in our twilight years.
Jason’s book-Keeping it simple, 100 delicious recipes comes free with the Philip’s Juicer.