I’m a sucker for a delicious cold-pressed juice and I’m surrounded by some great local juice shops. So what exactly is cold-pressed juice and whats the difference between cold-pressed vs pasteurized? Cold-pressed juice is typically made with a hydraulic press that applies thousands of pounds of pressure in order to extract the maximum amount of liquid from fresh produce. Cold-pressed juice doesn’t lose any nutrients in the process because no additional heat or oxygen is used verses traditional pasteurization which heats foods up to a specific temperature to kill potential harmful bacteria. When the extraction process is finished, you get vibrant fresh juice! Over the last couple of years there has been an increase in demand for cold-pressed juice so naturally there are a ton of different brands selling it. Here are some things you should know when purchasing cold-pressed juice:
- If the label contains “all-natural” or “100% juice” it doesn’t necessarily mean that its that. “All-natural” is a loose term that has been used in the health industry by many brands. Make sure you check the ingredients for only fruits and vegetables shown. NOTHING ELSE!
- Quality cold-pressed juice can cost up to $12 per bottle because of the amount of produce that is squeezed into a bottle (roughly 3-6 pounds). Visit the brands website and check to see if they are using organic and non-gmo produce. Consuming organic and non-gmo produce is critical in order to avoid pesticides and synthetic ingredients. Bonus if they strive to be sustainable by composting their juice pulp!
- The calories and sugar can quickly add up due to the high amount of sugar that fruits contain, but keep in mind that cold-pressed juiced is packed with nutrient dense calories. If you are trying to steer away from sugar, go for the leafy green juices that have a lower content of sugar.
- In my opinion, cold-pressed juice is not meant to be a meal replacement. Many people go on restrictive juice diets or cleanses to break their relationship with food but you are cutting out essential whole food groups such as protein and healthy fats. I think a 1-3 day cleanse is fine for some boosts of energy and to jumpstart your healthy eating but be careful and don’t stay on them too long. Our bodies need protein and fat in order to function properly especially when we are getting our sweat on.
- Glass vs. Plastic Bottled Cold-Pressed Juice. Plastic bottles are known to leak chemicals into any liquid inside of the bottle and I’ve noticed a huge difference taste when consuming cold-pressed juice from a glass bottle. Try to find a juice thats bottled in glass to help maintain the quality and taste of the juice.
- “There are no scientifically proven health benefits.” I’ve heard and read this statement over and over but I can’t disagree with it more. We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us and a lot of them can help prevent chronic health issues. Drinking cold-pressed juice is a simple way to get all of your daily fruits and vegetables in and help flush out those yucky toxins in our bodies.