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There is a multitude of reasons we choose glass over plastic or other synthetic materials as containers for our juice, even if cost is slightly higher. Here’s just a few of the most important.
1. Plastics have been associated with an array of disruptions in hormonal balance in our bodies which can result in cell, organ, and tissue damage. It is a petroleum based product and often times the chemicals used in the process of making or partial breakdown of the plastic leaches into the liquid within the bottle.
2. Plastic is very porous, whereas glass is non-permeable which means it does not absorb food colors or smells, or harbor bacteria.
3. Better for the environment. Not only does glass last longer than plastic, but it can also be used and washed repeatedly without sacrificing its shape, cleanliness, and durability. Also, when plastic is recycled it loses its integrity and doesn’t get re-made into plastic bottles; instead, plastic is “down cycled” and turned into other types of products. Every time you purchase a plastic bottle or container, it is made using new plastic. Glass, on the other hand, can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality, so when you purchase our glass bottles, it is likely to have been made with recycled glass.
4. And arguably the most important reason, TASTE. Juice just seems to taste better and more refreshing being sipped out of a chilled glass bottle then a sweaty plastic one. While it might seem to make some sense to use a more travel friendly less breakable vessel we find that glass is the number 1 choice when striving to be more environmentally friendly.
Why Cold pressed over centrifugal?
Centrifugal Juicers Versus Masticating Juicers
When it comes to juicing, there are basically two types of juice machines that are available for you to choose from.
You can choose from centrifugal juice machines or masticating juicers.
An example of a centrifugal juicer.Centrifugal means moving or directed away from a center or axis.
A centrifugal juicer is the most common type of juicer you see in stores and on TV. A centrifugal juicer spins at high speeds and during the spinning motion, the vegetables that you have shoved down the chute are ground to a pulp. The spinning motion then forces the juice away from the pulp. The juice then pours into a bowl.
An example of a manual masticating juicer that is really good for wheatgrass and other green leafy vegetables.Masticating means to chew, to grind or knead into a pulp.
Your teeth are an excellent example of mastication in action. Your teeth chew and grind food. After you swallow, the food then goes to your digestive system which, through the process of digestion, begins to extract the juice from the food you eat.
Much in the same way, a masticating juicer grinds vegetables and literally squishes out the juice. Since a masticating juicer works at low speeds and with no spinning action, it tends to juice many vegetables more efficiently.
The Difference Between A Centrifugal Juicer and a Masticating Juicer
The difference between a centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer is like night and day.Centrifugal juicers work at high speeds, tend to be noisy and while a centrifugal juicer may be able to juice the rind of a pineapple more efficiently, in most situations, the low speed action of a masticating juicer allows you to juice more vegetables with greater efficiency. A masticating juicer tends to be a lot more quiet, less messy and easier to clean.A masticating juicer is especially good at juicing the very important green leafy vegetables such as wheatgrass, spinach, parsley, cilantro, kale, Swiss Chard, etc. While a centrifugal juicer can juice green leafy vegetables, the centrifugal juicer is nowhere near as efficient as a masticating juicer in this regard.
Some say the high speed action of a centrifugal juicer produces too much heat which then can damage or possibly kill the enzymes in the juice. While I can neither confirm nor deny this statement, one thing is for sure, a masticating juicer definitely does not create the friction that a centrifugal juicer will create.
One significant benefit of a masticating juicer is that it requires less vegetables, in many situations, to create more juice. As a result, you spend less on vegetables than you would with a centrifugal juicer.
It’s also worth noting that a masticating juicer is much more versatile, in many regards, compared to a centrifugal juicer. Since a masticating juicer squeeze the items you put into it, you can also use a masticating juicer to make baby food, fresh pasta, grind meat and to make nut butter.
Why juice over whole fruit?
Did you know that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables? We would need to eat 2 lbs of carrots, 10-12 apples, or 8 lbs of spinach to get the same amount of nutrients you receive in one 16 oz juice. When you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter the bloodstream absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables and giving your digestive organs a much-needed rest.
Why local and organic?
1. Healthier for You and Your Family Organic certification standards prohibit synthetic herbicides and pesticides, antibiotics, artificial hormones, and genetically modified organisms.
Minimizing your exposure to these toxins can reduce your risk of cancer and other health problems. Exposure to organophosphate pesticides in the womb has been correlated with lowered IQ scores in children and children fed organic diets have been shown to have fewer pesticides in their bodies.
In addition, organic foods have been shown to have higher levels of beneficial nutrients such as antioxidants.
2. Supports Your Community On average, organic farms create 21% more jobs that a conventional farm, helping to sustain viable communities. Supporting local organic farms keeps money in the local economy.
3. Better for the Land Organic farmers protect soil, water, and air quality with practices like crop rotation, cover crops, and composting. By nourishing the soil, organic farmers sequester carbon, reduce harmful waste runoff, and help ensure that our farmland will continue to be fertile and productive into the future.
4. Tastes Great Healthy plants produce great-tasting food! Plus, local and organic food is raised in accordance with the seasons and using varieties chosen for flavor rather than shelf life – so it naturally tastes fresh, clean, and just like it should!
5. Grown with No GMOs Buying certified organic is the best way to avoid exposure to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic farmers do not use GMO seeds, plants, or animal feeds, and organic processed foods do not contain GMO ingredients.
Why Raw Juice is Better than Bottled
Freshly squeezed orange juice tastes so much better than store-bought, doesn’t it? There’s a reason. Know what it is? When you drink the juice of a raw orange – or any fruit or vegetable – right after it’s been extracted, you’re filling your body with living enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients. Our bodies are alive. They can tell the difference between a living juice and one that has been sitting on a shelf containing preservatives and additives. It tastes different because it is different. Store-bought juices are pasteurized…
Pasteurization Kills the Nutrients and Enzymes
According to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary, “pasteurization” is defined as the following:
1 : partial sterilization of a substance and especially a liquid (as milk) at a temperature and for a period of exposure that destroys objectionable organisms without major chemical alteration of the substance
2 : irradiation of food products
So, pasteurization “destroys objectionable organisms without major chemical alteration of the substance”…
Let’s think about that for a minute. Have you thought about it? Good. Because it doesn’t take long to figure out the juice you’re going to put into your body has been altered – and not without at least some chemical change.
It’s safe to conclude that raw (unpasteurized) juice is indeed the better, healthier option—pasteurized juice is dead.
Why Do You Want Your Juice to Contain Raw Nutrients, Enzymes, and Vitamins?
You’re wondering what all the fuss is about regarding raw nutrients, enzymes, and vitamins, aren’t you? Let’s take a look at what they’re all about and why you want – and need – them in your life.
First, we’ll head back over to Merriam-Webster. There, we can learn what each of these words mean, then go from there.
Enzyme: any of numerous complex proteins that are produced by living cells and catalyze specific biochemical reactions at body temperatures
Nutrients: : a nutritive substance or ingredient
1 : of or relating to nutrition
2 : nourishing
Vitamins: : any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body
Basically, a living enzyme is a protein molecule that gangs up with oxygen to help your body digest the food you eat. If you have indigestion all the time, chances are you aren’t consuming raw foods and juices—you’re eating overly-processed foods with no nutrition value.
And, nutrients are the nutrition (benefits) any given fruit, vegetable, seed, or nut has to offer, e.g. Vitamin C in oranges. Vitamins are coenzymes (a thermostable nonprotein compound that forms the active portion of an enzyme system after combination with an apoenzyme)*
What Does Your Body Do With the Raw Nutrients, Enzymes, and Vitamins?
Like a sponge, your body happily absorbs all of the above goodies when you include them in your diet. Your digestion will improve, you’ll rest better at night, have a healthier bowel, think more clearly; some even insist their eyesight is enhanced.
Here’s an example:
Perhaps you’re suffering from Fibromyalgia or Arthritis: two illnesses where inflammation runs ramped throughout your body, right? Once you’ve purged your body of the processed foods (frozen, canned, or packaged foods and/or juices filled with chemicals that have processed all the live nutrients until they’re dead) and began consuming raw, living foods and juices, you’ll begin to notice improvements in the way you feel and the quality of your life. Want to decrease that inflammation, lose weight, wake up refreshed, flexible instead of stiff, with more youthful-looking healthier hair, skin and nails, and a more positive outlook on life? You can! Prime reasons that your body needs raw foods and juices, and what can happen when you give your body what it needs.
Convenience or Caring, Conscious Choice?
Mother Nature gave us living fruits and vegetables to consume—not cardboard boxes or cans. Although bottled or canned juices are more convenient – especially if you’re on-the-go all the time – they aren’t the best choice. As we’ve already discussed, it’s because they aren’t alive and our bodies need to be fed raw, living foods.
By juicing raw foods – particularly organic – ourselves in a juice machine, we are maximizing the health benefits of our favorite fruits and veggies. Not only do raw juices tickle our taste buds more than the average processed juice, we have more control of the ingredients and the quality of the ingredients that go into the machine—and, ultimately, our bodies.
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