Slow juicer: quick hype or smart investment?
The new year is fresh and thinking of good intentions is another popular subject. “Living Healthier” is at the top of the list of many people. And whether that is losing weight, quitting smoking or more exercize, there is a desire buried in it for a better version of oneself. And that is a good intention.
Diet and your health, of course, also fall under this heading, and that is what this blog is about. The last few years, healthy food has become a huge trend (and industry), making that the average consumer cannot see the wood for the trees anymore. He asks himself in despair if honey is still allowed, why cut-price chickens still exist and why it is that super foods by definition have to come to us from a distance of thousands of kilometers. That is what your ecological footprint comes down to!
Gibberish in the virtual jungle
Luckily: we can figure it all out ourselves by using the Internet, right? Unfortunately, this virtual jungle of information does not make things any clearer. One forum talks gibberish. Blogs contradict each other. Or they take for granted product information from manufacturers. And self-proclaimed gurus claim that with their special diet everything will be fine as long as you strictly follow the rules of their book. How boring is that!
So, this does not work for most people. At least not for me. Just You can be sure that this jungle of information will only continue to grow and eventually -as always- it really comes down to yourself: what suits my body, how do I want to live, what are my values, priorities and opportunities. The really sensible questions, let’s say.
This first blog discusses the trend of liquid foods: fruit and vegetable juice from the slow juicer. Another development that our grandparents did not know of, but that clearly fascinates the modern consumer. It makes us buy expensive equipment, get super foods from nature shops and that we devour blogs with the ultimate juice recipes. We are very busy with it.
What kind of devices are on the market? Indeed, there are blenders, juice extractors and juicers. How do you determine which is right for your needs? Briefly: from a blender, you get juice with pulp in it (because the machine grinds the whole fruit), a juice extractor and juicers separate the juice from the pulp, the fibers. A slow juicer does that extra slowly and has the highest juice yield. There are advantages and disadvantages to appoint to all variants. Again, what is your need? Depending on your health, a fiber-rich juice is in fact either very nice or just a drama for your gut, just to name something.
What your body really needs
What we all nowadays agree on: to know what’s in our food is important. Parcels and bags and ready-made meals are packed with additives that are only added to permit a longer shelf life for the product, make it beautiful shiny, lobed or just plain. Even so-called ‘healthy’ supplements contain toxic elements. Ask yourself whether your body needs it.
Making it yourself is important for several reasons: you know the origin of the ingredients, know what has been added and what the impact is on your health. Back to the basics, so to speak. That goes from soup to juice and everything in between. To keep with the juices: with a slow juicer you separate the coarse pulp from the juice. But, since the speed of rotation of the machine is low, there is less pulp waste and more juice yield with less ‘damaged’ molecules. So. higher nutritional values. It takes a while, but it’s worth it!
Variety for long-lasting fun
Any slow juicer can pretty much handle many kinds of fruits and vegetables, even harsh ingredients like nuts and chewy wheat grass. Once you have a taste of the possible combinations, it is a small step to also add your (biological) supplements!
But beware: the unlimited squeezing of fruit juices is not the intention, because here too, you must vary. From a slow juicer comes fruit juice with fibers, but in fact, it is liquid candy. Drink it with moderation; that is our advice. That way the slow juicing stays an easy and enjoyable way to supply the body with nutritious ingredients. A nice development is to over time juice more and more vegetables and to emphasize that. Inspiration needed for flavor combinations? Then suddenly the internet becomes a very handy tool!
By the way, speaking of taste: I personally am in favor of organic fruit and vegetables to use in that slow juicer. Not only because of the near-absence of pesticides, the small-scale farming, and the local production. Also, because of the better taste and higher nutritional values. Although, there will undoubtedly be a skeptic who wants to have this first proven. In the beginning I already mentioned the personal responsibility. Listening to your own needs is hugely important in the information age in which we happen to live. As mentioned, in the end it will actually come down to you yourself: what suits my body, how do I want to live, what are my values, priorities and opportunities?
At least you do not have to Google those answers.
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Founder of Meditech Europe Ltd.