Juicing fresh produce has been enjoying a revival of interest and popularity these days. More and more people have switched from consuming packed juices which are laden with sugars and perservatives, to the healthier habit of consuming freshly squeezed juice of fruits and vegetables.
So this indicates that juicing is not really a new trend. In fact, it traces all the way back to the ancient era, as evidenced by the Dead Sea Scrolls which mentioned the mashing of the pomegranate and figs which resulted into a “profound strength and subtle form.” It also mentions the diet of the Jewish Essene tribe. It is believed to be the first recorded reference of juicing fresh produce for health benefits and healing.
Ancient Indian medical practitioners implemented the Ayurvedic healing methods using plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs. They prepared remedies that included freshly squeezed citrus fruits and salt to cure fatigue, as well as grape and beet juice to improve blood count and to fight infections.
Fast forward to the 20th century… In 1930, Dr. Norman Walker published a book Raw Vegetable Juices and developed what could be the world’s first working juicer called the Norwalk. This machine is still available today. But contrary to popular legend, Dr. Walker did not live to the ripe old age of 108 — he died at the actual age of 99 in 1985. Still, he lived long enough, and the secret to his longevity may lie to consuming raw foods and juicing fresh produce.
The maticating juicer (also known as a “slow juicer” or “cold-pressed juicer”) first came out during the 1950s. It was named as the “Champion Juicer” and true to its name, the machine was a “champion” because it could juice every type of produce, even the tough and fibrous ones.
Fitness and exercise guru Jack Lalanne stressed the power of juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. This led him to launch a line of juicers called the “Jack Lalanne’s Power Juice,” and he would promote it with his famous tagline, “That’s the power of the juice!”
In 1993, a Korean man named only as Mr. Kim developed the “Green Power,” the world’s first twin-gear juicer. The device’s juicing method was based on the mortar-and-pestle principle of extracting the maximum goodness of the produce without losing their nutrients or enzymes as it did not use heat (like the centrifugal juicer does).
There are many varities of models and brands of juicers on the market today, each with different features, functions and price range — offering a lot more choices for the consumers.
Of course, juicing is not the only way to achieve health and fitness, although it can make a great supplement to your diet. Here are some of the benefits of having a juicer and juicing fresh fruits and vegetables:
- It promotes healthy eating habits.
- It is an easier, more digestible and more delicious way of consuming fruits and vegetables.
- It is also a good way in cutting back on calories without depriving yourself of the much-needed nutrients.
- Juicing also allows you to introduce wider varieties of fruits and vegetables into your diet.
- Juicing helps in boosting your energy as well as your immune system.
- Juicing helps in increasing good bacteria in the intestines.
- It helps in detoxifying our bodies.
Juicing is a good option for gradually introducing yourself to a healthier diet. If you want to switch to a more wholesome diet but you dislike actually eating fruits and vegetables, juicing makes an ideal start. When you’ve acquired the taste of the juices from the raw produce, then you can move on to actually eating them.
If you are having a hard time coaxing your kids to eat vegetables and fruits, juicing can also be a neat way to disguise the taste of vegetables (like broccoli or spinach, which kids usually hate) with other flavors such as the sweetness of apples and oranges, which appeal more to the kids. It also a great way to introduce wider varieties of fresh foods into your kids’ diet.