Alright, it’s time: you’re finally ready to start juicing. You know it’s nutritious, you know it’s great for detoxification, and you know it can help improve your digestion. What you don’t know is how to find a great juice bar—what should you be looking for? How can you tell a juice stud from a juice dud? Well fear not, we’ve got you covered with the top 3 things to look for in a high quality juice bar!
- They use organic produce. If you only look for one thing, make sure that you choose a juice bar that uses only organic produce. For one, organic produce tends to be higher in nutrients than its conventional counterparts. A 2014 meta-analyses in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic produce contained more antioxidants and levels of vitamin C than non-organic produce—up to 69%!
Furthermore, contamination levels were found to be 50% lower than conventional produce. Non-organic produce can contain chemicals, herbicides and pesticides—these are often oil-based and difficult to get rid of, even through scrubbing and washing. While pesticides should try to be avoided whenever possible, this is especially important with juice as it is directly absorbed into the blood stream, without the protective effect of fiber.
- The juice is cold-pressed. When it comes to juicing, there are a few different methods, but the two most popular methods are cold-pressed and centrifugal. Cold-pressed means the juice has been extracted by a hydraulic press, and retains all of its nutrients. Centrifugal juicers use a spinning blade, like a blender, to grind up the produce before being passed through a strainer. The high speed causes oxidation through the exchanging of negative and positive ions, which destroys vitamins and enzymes. You can actually see this oxidation: centrifugal juicing leaves a layer of foam on top of the juice. Of course, both options are better than pasteurization, which uses heat to destroy all bacteria, and consequently all of the nutrients. But, when giving the option, go cold-pressed!
- There are a variety of green juices. While fruit juices do contain a lot of health benefits—high concentrations of antioxidants and polyphenols for example—they also contain a downside: sugar. Juice enters the blood stream within 15 minutes of drinking it, and without fiber, fruit sugar is also quickly absorbed into the blood stream, raising blood sugar levels and spiking insulin. Green juices, with minimal to no fruit, contain all the health benefits, without the spike and crash of sugar. Not a fan of the green juice? No problem! Ease into it slowly: start with a fruit and vegetable juice, and aim to transition to a juice with low to no fruit—you’ll be surprised at your taste buds adapt!
There you have it: your road map to the perfect juice bar! What qualities do you look for in a good juice bar? Are you into green juices? Let us know in the comments below!
Simple Sciences Juices is an organic juice bar with locations in Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas. We aim to provide the highest quality organic cold pressed juices along with gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian and paleo foods.