Juicing and Raw Foods

June 20, 2012
How to Store Your Juices

What’s the best way to store your juices and how long can you store them?

The best advice is to NOT store your juices at all since the best quality and nutrition exists right after you juice. Every minute your freshly juiced food is exposed to air it starts to oxidize. Exposure to light will also degrade the juice.

Let’s say you really need to store your juices for later consumption. You will want to use any method you can to make sure there is no air in the container and you should use glass or stainless steel and fill the juice to the brim. Let it overflow if needed to minimize air in your container.  Mason Jars are typically used to store juices. Store your juice in a fridge.

Low RPM Juicers vs Centrifugal Juicers produce less degraded Juice and thus store better.  The taste of the juice is better too.

How long can you store the juice?

This will depend on the type of juice, conditions of the juicing process and quality of the food prior to juicing. All these things will effect how quickly your juice will degrade once stored. Typically no more than 24 hours. At best 72 hours, but after that forget about it. I would not even recommend more than 48 hours to be honest. Citrus juices will last longer than green juices or tomato juice. Do not attempt to freeze your juices. I know you where thinking that. The freezing process destroys the juice.

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People do freeze their juice or attempt to but degradation of the nutrients still occurs and by freezing you are not only changing the taste once thawed but also degradation still occurs and the color and texture is different. Some juices, like apple cider, will last longer. Freezing should be a last resort at best.

“Pasteurized juice” with preservatives can be stored longer and is what you find at your local store however the pasteurization process destroys most of the nutrients. It’s still healthier than many alternatives but the taste is not as good and will not give you the health benefits of fresh juice.

You can buy certain frozen juice at the store, however you do not get the nutritional benefits and they typically contain more sugar and preservatives.

What you can freeze

You can however freeze the veggies and fruit BEFORE they are juiced. Once juiced you really need to drink it right away. The idea behind fresh juice vs store bought is that the nutritional value and taste is vastly better.

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October 24, 2011
Function of Food Enzymes

Raw foods provide the body with live enzymes which are protein molecules that play a role digesting food, building protein cells in the bones and skin, aiding in detoxification and weight loss.

Enzymes in raw foods are destroyed by heat:

Most raw food is very perishable so when raw foods are exposed to temperatures above 118 degrees, they start to break down.  Enzymes help us digest our food.

Cooking destroys food enzymesOnce enzymes are exposed to heat, they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Cooked foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires us to make our own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest your food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food.

Eating enzyme-dead food also places a burden on various organs, which eventually exhausts them. Many people gradually impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods.  Symptoms of digestive enzymes depletion are bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies.

Food that will help heal the Pancreas:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Red Grapes
  • Red Reishi Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Tomato Soup

Raw foods and digestive enzymes:

Enzymes are needed for the digestive system to work. They are necessary to break down food particles so they can be utilized for energy. The human body produces about 22 different digestive enzymes which are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Sprouted seeds

Sprouted foods and enzymes:

While all raw foods contain enzymes, the most powerful enzyme-rich food is sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes. Sprouting increases the enzyme content in these foods enormously.

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October 24, 2011
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead | A Joe Cross Film (2010)

Watch for free on HULU   (as of this posting)

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Review:

I’ve watched this film and I’d have to say it is one of the best illustrations of how and why juicing and raw foods can bring you back into a healthy status. The film uses real life examples of how converting to a raw food diet can bring your weight down fast and save your life. I myself only make juicing and raw foods about 40-60% of my diet, which is just enough for me to get healthy again. We are all so used to believing the typical American diet is OK that we don’t really question it.  While much of that food should be enjoyed (in my opinion), you should also include enough juicing and raw food to stay healthy and fit.  Getting old doesn’t have to include disease and weight gain.

If you are serious about getting healthy then this is the only film you need to watch and currently you can find it for free on Hulu.com or at a low cost on Youtube movies or Netflix.

written by: Richard Green

Synopsis:

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Joe Cross100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Joe CrossWhile talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it’s at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves. Written by Jamin Mendelsohn

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