It’s not about what you eat but what you absorb and juicing is one of the best ways for optimum absorption. Juices bypass the digestive system and are absorbed directly into the blood stream, giving the body rich amounts of vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and oxygen and taking them directly to the cells and organs where they’re needed.
At Barannes we love juices, it's what we do best – fruit juices, vegetable juices, fruit and vegetable juices!
In fact, if it is healthy then we will have a go at juicing it, in order to deliver some of the finest tasting pure health drinks you will ever experience.
We even juice grass! Well Wheatgrass anyway, one of the most nutritional foods produced by nature.
We all know that we need to be eating more fruit and vegetables. Although 'experts' seem to disagree on whether we should be eating 5, 7 or even 8 portions a day! However, there is widespread agreement on the benefits of eating lots of fruit and vegetables to maintain a healthy balanced diet.
The greatest benefit of juicing is being able to easily get in your quota of fruit and veg in an easily digestible format - particularly for those of us who are not great fruit and veg fans, or who simply lack the time to prepare and cook vegetables.
Juicing has become really popular in recent years, partly due to the rise of nutri-bullet type blenders, but also because juices are such an easy and convenient way to take on nutrients that also taste good - provided of course you are using the right juice recipes!
Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables?
The simple answer is, no. Juicing is not healthier than eating the whole fruit or vegetable. The problem is that most of us don't eat the whole fruit or vegetable. We peel them, we remove the cores, we cut off the stalks. Because of this we are not getting the full benefit of the nutrients contained in the fruit or vegetable.
Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. If you’ve watched us in our Juice Bars, you will see the whole fruit or veg going into our Zumex juicer (see photo).
The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, juicing does leave behind a pulp which contains most of the insoluble fibre contained within the fruit. However, our bodies can't easily digest this insoluble fibre, which acts as a broom sweeping out our intestines.
Some regular juicers also believe that juicing can be better for you than eating whole fruit and vegetable because your body can absorb the nutrients faster and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fibre.
Juicing vs Blending
To keep the fibre in the juice a blender can be used which pulverises the fruit into a smoothie, rather than extracting using a juicer. Blending the edible parts of fruits produces a thicker drink that contains more of the healthy phytonutrients and the fibre. Fibre also helps you feel full.
Juicing and blending are two totally different techniques so it is impossible to say that one is better than the other. They each have their own benefits which is why we use both techniques at Barannes.
Our smoothie recipes use blenders which produce a thick drink - particularly if ice or frozen fruit is added to the mix. Blending is great for certain types of fruit and vegetable, such a avocado, banana and spinach. The thinner juices are made by extracting the juice from the whole fruit. This includes apples, lemons, limes, carrots, ginger, cucumber and much more. Juicing leaves behind a residue or pulp which includes a lot of the insoluble fibre. This explains why you can drink a lot of juice without feeling full and get all the benefits from the vitamins and nutrients. A smoothie will be a more filling drink.
Whether you juice or blend one of the most important factors is to drink the juice as soon as possible after it has been made. The big problem is oxidation. Oxidation occurs the moment you start juicing. This is why it is important to drink the juice right after making it. If you have to store it, just remember that the longer it sits around the less benefit you are getting from it.
Read more about juicing vs blending here.
Our juices contain a variety of fruit, vegetables and superfood supplements. We also have seasonal specials as and when stock of different ingredients become available. Here are some of the ingredients we use and why they are beneficial.
Apple: High in vitamin A and C and a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus. There are also the phytonutrients: ellagic acid, malic acid, chlorogenic acid, and quercetin. These compounds have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Avocado: The most nutritious fruit in the world. They contain everything the human body requires nutritionally including essential fats which help maintain a healthy weight.
Beetroot: One of the most powerful vegetables around. Renowned for cleansing the liver and the blood and one of the most tested and proven vegetables for reducing blood pressure. It’s superb for rebuilding red blood cells and is therefore excellent for treating iron deficiencies and anemia.
Carrots: The beta-carotene found in carrots is known to be highly protective for the heart and cardiovascular system, by helping to protect the structural integrity of the inner lining of the blood vessels, therefore helping to reduce ruptures and injury that can lead to the formation of clots.
Celery: An excellent inner body cleanser as well as detoxifier, rich in potassium and sodium which makes it a good diuretic which in turn can help lower blood pressure.
Cucumbers: These contain a high quantity of silica which is the mineral responsible for strengthening the connective tissue which holds the body together including bones, tendons, ligaments, muscle and cartilage. Without silica connective tissue would not form properly. Silica is also important for adding elasticity to the skin and is therefore great for the complexion.
Ginger: This has been referred to as "the king of anti-inflammatory foods" and is incredibly useful for any inflammatory problems in the body from rheumatoid arthritis to easing muscle pain after strenuous activity and exercise. Most conditions and pain in the body are associated with inflammation including all muscle pain, arthritis and even skin conditions.
Lemon & Lime: Great for aches and pains, eyes, cleansing the system - the acid scours the intestinal tract; eliminating toxins; neutralizing harmful bacteria.
Spinach: Spinach is said to be the finest material for cleansing, reconstructing and regenerating the bowel. It contains high levels of chlorophyll which will help to bring oxygen to the blood cells. Spinach can also help to reduce arthritic pain.
Ask about our Wheat Grass shot. Containing over 100 easily absorbed nutrients it is packed full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and a mind-bending 80 enzymes. If you want more facts and figures then come in and ask, we know our healthy stuff.
If it’s not listed in the ingredients it isn’t in our juices and smoothies!