Fruit and vegetables are an integral part of a healthy diet. They provide vitamins, minerals, fibre and a host of other nutrients, and freshly squeezed raw juices can fit neatly into your intake.
Raw juices are best when enjoyed straight away as that’s when they pack the biggest punch in terms of nutrients and active enzymes. They’re generally also lower in sugar than processed juices and have the added bonus of no preservatives.
What nutrients do you get?
Raw juices can be made using any combination you can think of so that you can get the nutrients you need. Choosing red, orange or purple vegetables for example, like beetroot or carrots, gives you antioxidants which help to reduce cell damage, may help to lower blood pressure, aid healthy vision and have anti-inflammatory properties. The CBC raw juice made with carrot, beetroot and celery, as well as the Heart Beet, made with beetroot, apple, cucumber, lemon and mint are great options.
What about the calories?
A raw juice made with a mixture of fruits and vegetables is a great option, as you get a variety of nutrients while still keeping the calories under control. The new Your Daily Greens raw juice is a perfect example, made with alkalising, nutrient-dense kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, apple and omega-rich chia seeds.
What about fibre content?
While it’s true that you lose the insoluble fibre that whole fruits and vegetables give you, juicing is a great way to up your intake of these foods if you struggle to get them into your day as you still get all the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and some soluble fibre. Tip: if your juicer leaves behind the pulp, you can add a little of it back into your juice to up the fibre content.