Fruits are great for us for so many reasons….
Fruit juices that are fresh with no additives are a great way to get these fruits into our daily diets. But, did you know that along with consuming these fruits as juices, you also have to be careful about how and when to consume them?
Juices are best consumed immediately after making. But, with our lives becoming more hectic with each passing day, consuming them fresh is often a hard-to-achieve task. Also, there are so many questions when it comes to the different aspects of juicing – like the process, storage, etc.
To help you better understand the important factors to consider regarding the juicing process, lowering oxidation and storing the juices correctly to keep their nutrition and freshness intact for long, read on…
Which Juicing Process is Better?
Most centrifugal juicers or high-speed juicers use what can only be termed as a violent procedure to chop and blend the fruits and veggies to extract their juice. It involves high friction and heat, which kills the enzymes that are beneficial to the body. Hence, the nutrition levels of your juice decrease much faster and you have to consume it within an hour or two.
Whereas, slow juicers or masticating juicers, which employ cold-pressed method to extract juice, cause almost negligible harm to the produce. There is much less friction and heat involved in this case. So, the oxidation process is much slower and the nutrition level of the juice stays intact up to almost 80%. This gives you a larger time frame to consume it.
What does Oxidation do?
Simply put, oxidation reduces the quality of your juices. As the produce is cut in the juicer of any kind, the cell walls of the fruits and vegetables are exposed. This opens up the chances of the nutrients within being oxidized by the oxygen molecules.
Most of the enzymes and even vitamins such as A, C, and E are all molecules which have the capacity to react with oxygen and being broken down. Also, instead of the antioxidants you may consume the free radicals formed in your juice, as a result of oxidation. So, oxidation does more than just reduce the nutritional value and freshness of your juice.
How to Store?
How to Store?
Storing the juices so as to lower the rate of oxidation is the key to keep them fresh for long. To do so, you can try any of the following ways:
- Add lemon juice or thin slices of lemon with skin during the juicing process. The lemon will enhance the taste, aid the body to absorb the nutrients faster, and help in detoxifying and cleansing the body.
- Store juice in cool and dark areas.
- Fill the container to the brim. This leaves no space for air and hence slows down oxidation to a great extent.
But if you are so hard-pressed for time that juicing hours ahead before you consume it is your only option, then SANS has a zero-preservative juice and smoothie storage solution for you!
SANS bottles have an innovatively designed lid specifically created to slow down the oxidation process. The lid comes with a vacuum pump which is used to pump out the air, hence creating a vacuum sealed bottle. This lowers the oxidation rate and lets you enjoy fresh juices hours after making them.
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