There’s a juicy new trend in town making quite a commotion!
With no added sugar and delicious combinations of fruits and veggies, cold-pressed juices are the coolest pick-me-ups around. But what makes them oh-so-good? ANURADHA WITHANACHCHI chats to Sofia A. Ortega of GoodLife Café and Uvini Nanayakkara of Arô to find out the secrets behind Colombo’s healthiest, yummiest juices.
If you’ve heard the words “cold-pressed juice,” and wondered what makes it so different from a glass of standard OJ, you’re not alone! We decided to set the rumours aside and put the question to Sofia and Uvini, two fabulous, cold-press masterminds. “The main difference between the two types of juices is the machine used to make them. Whereas regular juices are often made in a blender, cold-pressed juices use a pressing mechanism, which squeezes the fruits and veggies together to make a pulp from which the juice is then extracted,” says Sofia. According to Uvini, aside from the type of press used, the nutrient content and the juice yield are two other factors that differentiates pressed juices from the regular kind. “Cold-pressed juices have no additives, water or sugar. A 250ml bottle of cold-pressed juice will entail approximately half a kilo of compressed fruits and vegetables! In comparison to other juices, cold-pressed varietals are not watered down and only carry the fructose found naturally in the fruits,” says Uvini. The bottom line? These juices are leagues apart from the good ol’easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy variety!
Talking about nutrients…
It’s easy to claim that the way a juice is made can increase the level of nutrients in a liquid—actually, all new trends claim to have some health benefits. But how do we really know? Uvini broke down the technicalities for us juice noobs: “The heat generated during the mainstream, centrifugal process of juicing fruits not only destroys some of the enzymes and vitamins in the fruits and vegetables, it also oxidizes the remaining nutrients rendering a less nutritious juice. Because of the method used to create cold-pressed juices [with no nutrient-destroying heat], the end product contains more vitamins and minerals, giving you the purest form of juice available.”
Another added benefit of cold-pressed juices? They’re low in fibre…and yes, this is a good thing! “Many people think fibre is the best nutrient out there and so it’s okay to consume as much of it as possible. Actually that’s not true—anything in excess is not good for your body!” says Sofia. Since the Lankan diet is high in fibre content by default, there’s no need for us to take in too much more. Cold-pressed juices provide chockfuls of nutrients without OD-ing on the fibre—a deliciously healthy, gulp-friendly option.
What about taste?
“Every bottle has its own unique taste because it depends on the amount of juice extracted from each fruit in the mix,” says Uvini. “Since we don’t water down our juices, it’s likely that each bottle tastes slightly different. But, to somewhat standardize the taste, we tend to always use a mixture of fruits in different stages of their life spans. Because we use all natural ingredients, aside from the taste, the colour and smell can differ too!” says Uvini.
In addition, there’s no one way to fix on a superstar blend. As Sofia confirms, it often depends on the tastes and requirements of cosumers, and it’s easy enough to whip up customized blends. Who says healthy shouldn’t be sweet? Not these pressed blends!
A juice(s) a day…
For the hustling woman on the go, cold-pressed juices are ideal energy boosters during a long day. But are there specific times a juice goes down better than others? Sofia usually recommends a green juice for breakfast, “A lot of people don’t incorporate vegetables into their breakfasts and opt for cereal, oats or fruits instead. Having a green juice is a great way to add in your vegetables without disrupting your routine!”
In addition, according to Arô’s nutritionist, Mrs. Shayana Ameresekere, drinking juice in the morning (on an empty stomach) allows nutrients to be easily absorbed. Plus, the absence of other food allows the juice to be absorbed quickly into the body.
Aside from the unanimous benefits of having a juice for breakfast, Sofia suggests swapping out sugar-stocked snacks for a bottle of juice. “Most times, people don’t have the time to prepare their own snacks and so end up eating something on hand that’s often unhealthy.” Even if they do have an apple nearby, people hardly end up eating it in Sofia’s experience, because it’s cumbersome to chew in a meeting and not easy to bite into gracefully. A juice is the perfect alternative. “It has the same – or sometimes even more – vitamins and minerals, and fills you up nicely. At the end of the day it’s always better to have a juice than a sugar-spiked piece of cake!” she says.
Can juices be substitutes for meals?
Juice diets are massively in trend these days—so much so that many claim they far outrank the wonder of detox teas. But are they advisable? In terms of pure nutrient content, maybe. “A bottle will typically entail three to four blends of fruits and vegetables. This makes it exceptionally easy to consume the recommended daily dosage of goodness by drinking your fruits and veggies,” says Uvini. However, she adds that even though you meet the technical amount of your body’s required daily nutrients, relying on juices alone will not help you get through the day.
Sofia agrees. “At the end the day, your body needs to have solid substances. You can drink one litre of juice for breakfast and another for lunch, but your body needs to have something to bite and to swallow, to feel like it’s eating. Otherwise, your brain usually starts sending distracting hunger signals.” So, she recommends a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, good fats and carbs to go with the juices.
When will the health benefits start to show? (AKA super glowy skin!)
Since these wonder juices are brimming with masses of nutrients, there may be a good chance of a get-there-fast option, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, says Sofia. Juice consumption has to turn into a habit to see visible outcomes. “It’s impossible to see results in just a day or two,” she explains. “Healthy dietary habits are of paramount importance for the juices to take effect.”
Says Uvini, “The benefits of juicing vary from person to person. However, over time, subtle positive changes in energy levels and mood can be noticed after commencing the juice journey. And, since juicing provides an easy way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables, they provide an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that equate to longer term results.” Healthy body, healthy you!
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This article was originally published as ‘The Undiluted Truth About Cold-Pressed Juices’ in the June 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For more health and life advice, grab a copy of our latest magazine.
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