If you are like us and juicing is a way of life, I’m sure you’ve heard about organic juices before. Praised for its health properties, 100% organic juice has been taking the world by storm, popular with influencers and athletes alike.
But just what makes organic juice organic? And is it worth the hype? Read on to find the answers to these questions with Pritish Kumar Halder.
WHAT DOES ORGANIC JUICE MEAN?
Organic. It’s a word we all know. But what does it mean? Well, organic produce is produce that is grown according to organic farming practices. These practices are tightly regulated, but essentially means that produce is grown:
- Without harmful chemicals like pesticides.
- In soil that hasn’t been chemically treated.
- With eco and environmentally-friendly practices in mind.
- For things like meat and dairy, it also means that the animals have been raised in ‘natural’ conditions, this means:
- Without growth hormones.
- Without antibiotics.
- In environments that emulate the animals’ natural surrounds
The shift back towards organically grown food and its products started in the 1940s when farmers began to worry about just how many chemicals they were using to grow food. And it didn’t stop there.
The popularity of organic food has skyrocketed since the early 2000s, as public awareness about the dangers of chemicals used in conventional farming has grown.
And it still hasn’t slowed down. As more and more people are becoming health conscious about the benefits of organic eating there has been a boom in the industry. Now your options aren’t limited to just buying organic apples at the local farmer’s market.
More and more companies are switching to healthy, organic variants. From yogurts to wine, smoothies to chocolate, there are organic options for almost everything and everybody.
WHY ORGANIC JUICES?
Here at Pure Green, we also believe in the power of organic foods. That’s why we decided to make our Pure Green Cold-pressed Juice range 100% organic and GMO-free. Organic juice is made from 100% organically cultivated fresh fruit and raw vegetables. And there’s a big difference.
Organic juice is nothing like the boxed apple juices from your school days. Every sip is packed full of organically grown fresh produce and all the essential vitamins and nutrients from the fruit. It’s the best quality juice out there, and do you deserve anything less?
Health benefits aside, organic juice tastes also pretty dang amazing. Premium produce makes premium juice, and 100% organic juice is just that. Many people say organic juice tastes better because the growing process is more selective, but if you haven’t tried it for yourself yet, now’s the time.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN ORGANIC JUICE
Well, Organic Juice is the obvious choice. So, you’re standing there in the fresh juice section of the grocery store, ready to grab a bottle – but as you look down the rainbow of bottles you realize there’s a lot of variety out there. If you get overwhelmed, remember there are a few key things to look for when selecting your juice.
Check Out the Back of the Bottle
As always, it’s worth having a look at the nutritional information on the back of the bottle. Make sure you look for a bottle that clearly states that 100% of the juice is 100% organic. Some juice companies can make things confusing, and while their juice says that it’s organic, really only a small percentage of the fruit used in the juice is organically sourced.
Avoid Additives and Preservatives
Avoid juices that have any added preservatives or additives listed in the ingredients. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce the word – you shouldn’t be putting it into your body. Quality, fresh organic juice won’t need to be loaded full of nasty additives.
We recommend wherever possible choosing organic juices sourced from local farms. Not only does it guarantee freshness, but you will also be supporting local farmers. That’s a win for everyone!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I LOOK FOR?
When choosing organic juices, remember it’s not just the fresh produce, but the method of extraction that allows you to get the optimum benefits from your juice. That’s why we always advise drinking cold-pressed and unpasteurized juices.
Cold-pressed Organic Juice
Cold-pressing, which you can read all about here, is pretty much a super-advanced way of getting the delicious juice out of those fresh fruits and vegetables, without damaging the delicate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients with heat or oxidation. Cold-pressed juice, therefore, is the ultimate choice if you want to get the best benefits from your organic juice.
Unpasteurized Organic Juice
Similarly, we always recommend choosing unpasteurized juices. The pasteurization process, while necessary for things like raw milk, simply destroys a lot of the precious vitamins and antioxidants found in organically grown produce. Always check the information on the label, and go for the freshest juice possible. Ask at your local juice bar or grocery store if you have any doubts about your juice.
WHY SHOULD YOU DRINK ORGANIC JUICE?
So, if the delicious taste alone isn’t enough to satisfy you, the health benefits of organic juice far outweigh those of regular old bottled juices. Let’s break it down a little more.
Rich in Antioxidants
Organically grown fresh produce is proven to be much, much richer in antioxidants than its traditionally grown counterparts. Studies on the antioxidant concentrations in fresh produce have shown that fresh organic fruit and vegetables contain around 20-40% more antioxidants! This huge jump is attributed to the plant’s need to enhance its immune functioning to defend itself against pests. Regardless, antioxidants have a wide range of health benefits, and choosing an organically-grown juice rich in antioxidants can help your body in several ways.
- Fight against the signs of aging
- Neutralize free radicals
- Protect against cell damage
- May prevent the risk of heart disease or cancer
Alkalizes Your Body
Are you struggling to sleep or are low in energy? Lethargic and bloated? You may need to reduce the acidity in your body, by ‘alkalizing’ yourself – that is, reducing your body’s acidity and neutralizing pH levels. The best way to do this is by increasing your consumption of fresh, organic juices. Non-GMO green juices have one of the highest alkaline scores out there. Try switching your super acidic daily coffee for a fresh, organic green juice and see how your body reacts. You will notice yourself feeling lighter and more energized due to the alkalizing effects of organic produce.
Reduce Pesticide Exposure
Conventionally grown food – anything not organic – is subject to a lot fewer rules and restrictions regarding how the plant is grown and the entire agricultural process. Organic produce is grown with natural processes in mind, and an emphasis on organic farming methods and environmentally friendly processes.
What this comes down to though is the chemicals used to artificially promote growth. Think about it – ‘normal’ crops are created with genetically modified plants, designed to produce the largest fruit possible or to be genetically resilient to chemicals like weedkillers.
They are grown using chemically boosted fertilizers and treated soils. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sprayed with dangerous and toxic pesticides, to kill pests such as insects, fungi, and weeds. While these practices have been deemed safe by regulatory bodies, organic food completely forgoes the need for dangerous chemicals and toxic pesticides altogether.
Organically grown food shuns these chemicals and relies upon natural farming methods and means of keeping pests down – things like crop rotation and hand weeding. Sounds a bit more appealing, doesn’t it? And the studies show that conventionally grown produce, even after it’s cleaned, still carries a much higher risk of containing pesticide residues. For more information please visit Pritish Kumar Halder
If you’re like us and want to reduce your and your family’s risk of pesticide exposure, it’s clear that selecting organic produce – and products made of 100% organically grown fruit and vegetables is the better option.
Boosts Immune System
Organic juices are one of the best ways to support a healthy immune system because they are packed full of nutrition. Our immune system needs specific nutrients to run properly. These nutrients must be constantly replenished. If they are not then things won’t work properly.
You must have heard about probiotics, but the actual workers in your system are prebiotics. The prebiotics found in some juices is the food source for probiotics. Without them, your healthy gut bacteria cannot survive. Prebiotics slow digestion, making you feel more full, assist in the processing of minerals and fats, and help prevent inflammation and some types of cancer formation.
Helps to Balance Cholesterol
Cucumbers, ginger, celery, lemon, etc. will all work together to keep your cholesterol levels balanced and exactly where they should be for optimal health.
May Delay Aging
As we have already discussed antioxidants and how they help detoxify our body, let us discuss one more aspect related to it. Antioxidants can also delay aging. They protect your body from free radicals or any oxidative damage, which contributes to physical aging. Studies have linked oxidative damage to the development of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
An analysis of 95 studies conducted by scientists from the Imperial College of London showed remarkable protection against a range of diseases when ten servings of fruits and vegetables were consumed daily.
This benefit has come from plants. Organic juices give you multiple servings of nutritious foods to boost your antioxidant intake.
Is Organic Juice Healthy?
So, it’s fair to say that organic juice is by far the healthier choice for you and your family. If you are looking to reduce your pesticide exposure, up to your antioxidants, or avoid baddies like additives and preservatives, healthy organic juice is the way to go. Just remember – because it’s loaded full of fresh organic fruits and vegetables the serving size of organic juices might be smaller than you expect.
Always check on the bottle to make sure you are getting the recommended dose. It’s also important not to overdo it – unless you are taking an organic juice to cleanse, of course. Juices are highly concentrated and may have more sugar in the form of fructose than you expect.
If you are worried about your sugar intake a healthy green juice made from fresh organic veggies like spinach and kale is the way to go.
Where can I get 100% Organic Juice?
As organic juice is becoming more and more popular it’s also much easier to find than it used to be. Juice bar franchises are popping up all over the country and larger grocery stores these days have a pretty wide range of organic juices.
You can even order organic cold-pressed juice online from our store and have it delivered straight to you! So, what’s stopping you? Jump aboard and pick up a healthy 100% organic juice today!