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Friday, 15 January 2010

Home made vs bought

If you buy juice from the shops it is certainly better than nothing or fizzy pop but it cannot come even close to home made juice. Bought juices tend to be made from frozen concentrate with 'water' added to bulk it up. You have never seen the produce that was used to make this 'juice' but it is likely intensively farmed with all sorts of pesticides and additives. Even the well known brands which are organic and 100% pure are still pasteurised to allow them an extended shelf life. This is where they fail. This pasteurisation process involves heating to a high heat which significantly harms the vitamins and totally destroys the enzymes so critical to good health and the digestive system. Antioxidants are also wiped out leaving the manufacturers topping up the product with artificial vitamins to meet the label boasts. Home made juice on the other hand is simple, you put your fresh fruit and veg in one end and lovely pure juice comes out the other, nothing added and nothing taken away. You get to SEE what goes into the juicer because you hand picked it so there is no second rate or slightly off produce.

My conclusion: Shop bought juice (even the expensive stuff) cannot compare to home made juice in any way shape or form. Nutrient wise they cannot be compared and if you were to drink 1, 200ml bottle daily for a year it would cost you approximately £693! That is enough to buy a £150 juicer AND enough produce for 3 years. But, I really do recommend you research the subject (because it is interesting what you can find out about commercial products which are cunningly labelled 'good for you') and make up your own mind.

I recommend that you use free range and organic produce for every recipe, diet, juice and detox found within this site. There is no substitute for good quality food!

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