I’ve seen a few posts on the internet recently about common juicing mistakes, some of which I agree with and some I don’t. For example, why is “leaving your juicer dirty” a juicing mistake? Sure, if you have time then it is probably a good idea to clean your juicer straight after you make your juice, but if you are running late for work and don’t have time to make your juices and clean the juicer, make the juice and clean up when you get home!

Anyway, having reflected on some of the other articles I’ve decided to publish a series of posts myself to highlight a few common juicing mistakes. Here is the first one:

Thinking Bottled Juices Are The Same As Freshly Made

Many people who knew the old, obese and unhealthy me ask me about how I regained my health. I sometime get strange looks when I talk about juicing and get the sneaky suspicion that many people make no distinction between freshly extracted juices and bottled juices and smoothies. In fact, the old me considered bottle orange juice to be a health product and I fear many people still believe the bottles and cartons on the supermarket shelves will improve their health. Freshly extracted juices and pasturised bottled juices are NOT THE SAME. In fact, they are not even close.

Dr Joseph Mercola agrees:

“I believe that fruit juice and pasteurized milk are two of the most misunderstood foods in our culture,” Dr Mercola writes on his website. “Most people believe they are health foods, while the polar opposite is true. They tend to be pernicious fluids that worsen most people’s health.”

Bottled juices may originate from the same source as fresh juices, but a lot happens to bottled juice before it appears in the shops. After the juice is squeezed out of the fruits or vegetables and before you pour it into your glass, most bottled juice has been heated and pasteurised. This process denatures the juice, killing off all its natural enzymes and massively reducing its vitamin and mineral content. Many juices will also have preservatives, colours and artificial and refined sugars added to them.

“No artificial sweeteners”

You may think that “no artificial sweeteners” means only the natural sweetness of the fruits and veggies is used, but in many cases you would be wrong. For example, the official motto of Tropicana Trop 50 is “Be 100% Fabulous With 50% Less Sugar And Calories” and it is touted as having “No artificial sweeteners” and providing a “full day supply of vitamin C and a good source of antioxidant vitamin E.” What the small print tells us is that it is sweetened with PureVia, an extract of the stevia plant, so while this juice isn’t sweetened with “artificial sweeteners”, it is sweetened with something that’s not naturally found in orange juice!

“Nearly every canned or bottled commercial juice, on the other hand, are actually worse than soda [fizzy drinks], because a glass of juice is loaded with fructose, and a lot of the antioxidants are lost,” writes Dr Mercola.

Juice that comes straight out of your juicer is packed with live enzymes, vitamins and minerals that are highly beneficial to human health. Freshly made juices are alkalising and provide our bodies with a rapid intake of nutrients and intense hydration. If you are unable to make all of your juices just before you want to drink them, then store them in a dark, airtight bottle or container (ideally in the fridge) until you are ready to drink. You can also freeze your juices.

P.S. Two of the biggest brands of bottled smoothies are owned by Coca-Cola (Innocent) and Pepsi (Naked)!

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