Juice from the store has far fewer nutrients because the process of pasteurization literally kills most of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and polyphenols (antioxidants) found in the fruits and vegetables. Just remember WHY you are becoming a “juicer.”
The main reason to become a juicing fanatic is to heal your pancreas, keep it healed. Juicing allows you to consume real, live, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The healing power of fresh, organic, nutrient dense juice is simply amazing.
Juicing will allow you to obtain maximum nutrients while lightening the load on your pancreas because juice digests much easier than raw or cooked fruits and vegetables. Juice is absorbed by the small intestines much easier. That means those who have chronic pancreatitis, with malabsorption issues, or those with IBS, Crohn’s Disease or Celiac Disease will absorb more nutrients by drinking powerhouse, nutrient dense, organic vegetable juice.
It is my opinion that nutrient dense vegetable juice should be the first food introduced after acute pancreatitis, not some fat-filled meal that hospitals normally feed patients. In my opinion a quality juicer is one of the best investments possible by someone with pancreas or intestinal issues. Fresh, organic juices coupled with supplements will promote healing.
Raw foods (veggies and fruits) have far more nutrition than cooked foods. There are a couple of exceptions but very few. The lycopene in tomatoes is activated with heat and so you get more lycopene in tomato sauce than in fresh out-of-the-garden tomatoes. Unfortunately the rest of the nutrients are killed via the long cooking time to create the sauce so …
I’ll go with a little less lycopene in order to obtain the abundance of other nutrients in a fresh, organic, raw tomato.
There are some things you need to know before you just plow into juicing.
Juicing Is Messy
I don’t care what anybody tells you juicing is a pain in the butt especially when you have a cheaper, entry-level unit. With most entry-level juicers you need to of course wash your produce, then cut up the fruits and vegetables you plan to juice whereas if you go just a few bucks more you can get a juicing machine that takes whole produce. That eliminates the time to cut everything up.
Then there is clean up. Cleaning a juicer isn’t hard, it is just time consuming. Some have dishwasher safe parts BUT your dishwasher won’t clean your juicer properly. You need to clean it manually and then run the dishwasher safe parts through the dishwasher for germ killing.
Juicing Isn’t Cheap
It takes a fair amount of vegetables to create a glass of juice. Fresh organic juice will keep well in your refer for only two, maybe three days. Unless you are drinking a lot of juice don’t make more than you can consume in two days.
Since organic vegetables are not cheap I juice what is nutrient dense and makes good soup. Now good soup, to me, may not be good soup to you but keep the thought of using the leftover fiber or pulp to make soup. If you don’t want to make soup the day you juice then freeze it for later use. I’m serious. The skin, fiber and pulp leftovers from tomatoes, onions, green pepper, celery, kale, carrots, spinach, watercress and garlic (my nutrient dense veggie concoction) makes great vegetable soup. Add lentils (protein), a potato with skin and you have a nutritious, very low-fat, lentil soup. Learn more about juicing.
You Don’t Need a $500+ Juicing Machine to Start!
All you need is a good, dependable, easy to clean juicer that gets the job done. In fact I’d suggest going inexpensive at first to see if you like juicing and will stick with it. No sense having a $500 – $1200 conversation piece stuck away in your garage or basement. Start with a good juicer, that meets your needs, budget and one that will do the job. When you feel the difference in nutrition and are sure you are gonna be a “juicer” then you can move up to a better juicing machine if you feel the need. Below you’ll see my personal favorites.
Black & Decker JE2200 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juicer
You will spend time cutting up fruits and vegetables so they fit into the juicer. The container for the fiber/pulp leftovers (your soup mix bin) is small. If you don’t mind the extra time cutting up the produce the Black & Decker JE2200 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor is a decent, inexpensive choice for the 1st time juicer. Learn more …
Hamilton Beach 67608 Big Mouth Juice Extractor, Stainless Steel
Hamilton Beach 67608 Big Mouth Juicer takes whole vegetables and fruits (no cutting first), it is easy to clean, and will most likely do anything you ever want a juicer to do at home.
It’s rated 4 stars out of 5 by 165 customers on Amazon and 5 stars by 355 customers.
4.3 stars average.
This juicer is also highly rated (#2 if my memory serves me) in Consumer Reports.
The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer is a great value and a fine choice in juicing machines. Learn more …
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor
The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juicer is the only juicing machine you’ll ever need to own, unless you make your living by owning a gym and juice bar. There are other Breville juicers with more whistles and bells, for more money, BUT …
There isn’t a juicing machine on the market that does its job any better than this one. For home use you don’t need anything else. The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juicer boasts enough power for the toughest home jobs. It has a nice large leftover (soup makings) bin and large juice cup
It’s durable and easy to clean. It’s rated 5 stars by over 1,150 customers on Amazon with a 4.5 out of 5 star average. Learn more …
The only other thing you may want for juicing are some books with recipes and ideas.
Juicing Books, Recipes