The latest health trend seems to be cold-pressed juice. Everyone is going for these expensive juices which are a rage with those who are trying to eat and drink healthy. People don’t mind paying extra for these juices which claim to contain more nutrients than the regular juices which you can pick at the cold section in a supermarket.
So, is cold pressed juice better? While everyone seems to say so, let us find out from the experts whether there is really anything great in these juices to pay so much more for. Let us see what these cold pressed juices are.
What Is Cold Pressed Juice
Cold pressing is a method where the juice is extracted from the fruits without cutting them into pieces. These machines that produce cold pressed juices, masticate these fruits to squeeze out the juice from them. They chew and crush the juices out of these otherwise fibrous fruits, by using hydraulic power. It takes longer to get the juice out and lesser juice comes out in this process. Is cold pressed juice better only just because of this process?
If this is cold pressing what is the other process. The process uses a centrifuge machine where the fruit is passed through a set of fast-spinning blades. These blades pulverize the fruits and get the juice out. This process doesn’t exactly heat or steam the fruit. But there is heat developed by the fast-spinning blades. This process also exposes the juice to air at this stage and so oxidation starts to happen. The heat and the oxidation certainly don’t do any good to the juice.
What Is The Disadvantage Of Oxidation
Due to the fast spinning, the inner flesh and the juice are exposed to surrounding air. This will initiate the process of degradation of the fruit. What happens is that nutrients start to break down, which in common term we can say the food is starting to spoil. Oxidation is detrimental to the Vitamin B and C which we get from the fruits, so also to the antioxidizing phenolic compounds that fruits contain.
Is cold pressed juice better because it is not exposed to air at all? Cold pressed juice is also exposed to air, but not to the extent that the other process exposes it. In that way, the cold pressing process preserves more of what we look for in fruits.
However, it denies us of the fibers which is very important and which we must get by eating fibrous fruits and vegetables.