You may have heard about cold-pressed juice recently and are wondering what is so special about it. This drink trend has been around for several years now and bottles of cold-pressed juice seem to be everywhere from coffee shops to grocery stores. You can even buy your very own cold-pressed juicer to bring all the benefits of this healthy food home with you.
But what is cold-pressed juice, and more importantly, is it really as healthy as everyone says it is? The healthy eating experts from your local 3Natives are here to spill the tea on the cold-pressed juice trend.
What Does “Cold-Pressed” Mean?
Cold-pressed refers to the method of processing where a juicer extracts the juice from fruit and vegetables. A hydraulic press exerting tremendous pressure is used to squeeze the maximum amount of juice, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from your favorite raw fruits and vegetables, creating cold-pressed juice. This differs from the normal way of making juice with centrifugal juicers such as blenders or masticating juicers.
Normally, juicers use spinning blades to mash up fruits and veggies to create juice. However, this method creates heat from the friction of the spinning blades. The heat destroys some of the ingredients and removes some of the health benefits.
By comparison, cold-pressed juicing generates minimal heat. High-pressure processing from pressing juicers preserves more of the fruit and veggies that are usually lost during the traditional juicing process. This results in a healthier, fuller glass of juice for your juice cleanse.
The cold pressing process is labor intensive, so you get every bit of the delicious juice. Think of a giant flat board pressing each fruit individually instead of a spinning blade cutting thousands of fruits at once.
The Benefits of Cold-Pressed Juice
When you cold-press your juice, it retains more of the vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants than regular juice. This makes it a healthier alternative to traditional juicing. Cold-pressed juice is never exposed to heat during its juicing process, which is important for producing more fruit per serving. You can get the nutrients you need, boost your energy levels, and improve your immune system with each bottle of cold-pressed juice.
Cold-pressed juices can be high in calories because of how dense and concentrated the juice is. One bottle is usually two servings. However, they are much better for your health when you compare them to regular juices at the supermarket as these tend to contain preservatives and lose a significant amount of their nutritional value through more heat-involved processing methods.
Another benefit of cold-pressed juice is that all the ingredients are 100% natural and organic. There are no added sugar or preservatives since the fruit goes straight from the fruit to the bottle. More health benefits are in every bottle because none of the vitamins and minerals are lost in the process.
However, due to the absence of preservatives, cold-pressed juice has a much shorter shelf life than other processed juices. While this means you’ll need to enjoy your tasty cold-pressed juice shortly after squeezing it, it has the added benefit of always ensuring cold-pressed juice is as fresh as it gets.
Now that you know what cold-pressed juice is, you can decide for yourself what type of juice is a better fit for your lifestyle.
Cold-Pressed Juice Is the Drink of Choice at 3Natives
Some juices are made using unnatural preservatives and unpronounceable ingredient names that are surely not good for your overall health. 3Natives makes sure that all our cold-pressed juices are organic and made using only the freshest ingredients. We only use whole foods such as raw fruits and vegetables.
Feeling like a little pick-me-up to start your day? Swing by your local 3Natives to add a delicious, all-natural, freshly squeezed cold-pressed juice to your breakfast.
Check out our menu page to browse our tasty cold-press juice selection from the tangy Slim N’ Spicy to the sweet The Beet.
Stop by your nearest 3Natives today or order online for good food that’s good for you.