People often ask me – you talk about Green Drinks so much which contain probiotic enzymes, antioxidative superfoods, veggis and what not – how is it any different from vegetable juices that people prepare using juicers anyway at their home. And how is either better? Well, this article is specifically to resolve this conflict once and for all. Here are the facts of the case and the conclusions that can be very easily drawn from them.
Benefits And Shortcomings Of Vegetable Juice
Leafy, green vegetables are beneficial for us – our mums have told us, mums of our mums have told us and so has been confirmed by new studies each day. Kale, Broccoli and Spinach are praised in these clinical studies – thoroughly corroborated of course – about their richness in vitamins, minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Moreover, these vegetables are also low in carbs and sodium and cholesterol; allowing us to savour them without many side-effects like weight gain or heightened blood pressure.
Juicing these then has been a long standing tradition with many forms of juice pasteurisation arising in the early 20th century.
However, juicing vegetables is kind of like: it removes the fibrous parts of the fruits and vegetables and makes it easier for your digestive tract to absorb the remaining nutrients in the drink. Then, body’s enzymes can act relatively quickly and easily on the vitamins, minerals and carbs in the drink. But losing the fibrous part of the veggies causes you to miss out on the benefits to digestive and heart health that they have the potential to offer. If it was retained, even your blood sugar levels could be prevented from spiking due to subsequent effects.
Largely, however, how much of a nutritional value is left within the juice is determined by the process of juicing opted for. Older methods used blades to cut the fruits, exposing them to oxygen and heat. Newer forms instead use a cold pressing method which allows the juice to retain more of the nutritional content.
Benefits And Shortcomings Of Green Powders
Powdered forms of green vegetables in order to mix them and ingest them is a relatively modern trend in terms of consumption patterns. Before being densely powdered, veggies are usually light-dried, allowing their nutritional content to be stored for longer durations.
Loss of fibre can be suffered through this process as well. Moreover, the quality of the juice you receive at the end can also be affected by artificial additives or sweeteners to enhance the taste of whichever Green Drink powder you choose to buy. Hence, ensure the primary ingredients or superfoods of your Green Drinks before buying them to ensure that they are, in fact, green vegetables.
An obvious benefit for powdered green juices is the shelf life that they quite easily boast. Moreover, these pack less caloric content than their vegetable counterparts. Also, Green Powders are relatively more flexible as you can make smoothies, add to your yoghurt or sprinkle some in your coffee.
It really comes down to individual preferences and the flexibility one requires with their desired product.