This new(ish) way of juicing is about so much more than apples and oranges. Here's everything you need to know about cold-pressing
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Juice: what's not to love? Especially those green ones that make you feel as if you're drinking up health in a glass.
Newsflash: it's not about the juice you're drinking, it's about how that juice was pulverised into its liquid form. Yep, we're talking about cold-pressing.
Beloved by juicing converts for its ability to retain the maximum nutrients without sacrificing flavour, cold-pressed juices used to only be available to those in possession of the right type of juicer or at certain juice bars across London, such as Blend & Press and The Detox Kitchen.
Now, though, brands such as Coldpress and Plenish have brought the cold-press movement to supermarket aisles nationwide for those of us craving a cold-pressed juice fix on the go (you can even get cold-pressed juices delivered to your door if you're really pressed – yeah, we went there – for time).
We talked to Plenish founder Kara Rosen, author of Plenish: Juices to Boost, Cleanse & Heal (published by Mitchell Beazley, £12.99), to get the 411 on cold-pressed juices. Here's what you need to know before you drink up.
So, what's the difference between regular juice and cold-pressed juice?
"Cold-pressing refers to the type of juicer you use to extract the nutrients and juice from your produce," explains Rosen.
"Using tons of hydraulic pressure, our specialist cold-press machines press the living daylights out of our veg and fruit, yielding a super nutrient-dense juice that is pulp-free and delicious. We use 100% Soil Association-certified organic produce, so we can be sure we are extracting heaps of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants but no pesticides."
Unlike a regular juicer with an electric motor, which introduces heat or extra oxygen into the juicing process to heat up fast-moving parts or spinning blades, a cold-press juicer uses tremendous pressure to slowly extract the juice from fruits and vegetables.
"By avoiding heat and extra oxidation, more vitamins, enzymes and goodness from the produce make it into the juice. It also tastes way better," says Rosen.
Yay or nay: cold-pressed juices you make at home are better than the ones you'll find on a supermarket shelf
Nay, says Rosen. Both can get you more than 2kg of organic produce in one glass.
"It’s really about convenience: you're outsourcing the juicing to us so that you can spend time doing other things you love. Home juicing has to be done daily and can be a messy and time-consuming business – you have to wash, prep, juice and then clean up!" says Rosen.
Plenish juices are made with high-pressure processing, which uses cold pressure instead of heat to make the products "food safe" and keeps juices fresh for up to a week in the fridge.
Rosen became a cold-pressed juicing convert after falling ill in her late twenties and rethinking her daily diet, which didn't include enough fresh vegetables. After a green juice cleanse and a transition to more plant-based eating, Rosen felt healthy again and juicing became a regular part of her daily routine. A lack of cold-pressed, organic vegetable juice options in the UK inspired her to launch Plenish.
Best cold-pressed juices for...
- Getting an immune boost Try juicing a huge hunk of ginger, half of a lemon and some cayenne pepper. Drink it as a shot. "The vitamin C and antibacterial properties usually sort me out!" says Rosen.
- After a workout Plenish's Green Recovery has 3 cups chard, 3 cups cos lettuce, 2 cups broccoli pieces (ﬂorets and stems), 1 cup coconut water, 1 tbsp chia seeds and a pinch of Himalayan salt and is designed to replenish electrolytes and minerals like sodium, potassium and magnesium that may have been lost through sweating.
- For an energy kick Green juices with high green veg content contain lots of chlorophyll, which helps circulate oxygen around your cells, and folate (vitamin B) which helps with energy. They are also full of phytonutrients (the wonderful plant compounds that give vegetables and fruits their beautiful colours), which are part of the plant's immune system so when you consume them in their raw form, they may help to bolster your own immunity.
Please note this article has been produced for information purposes only and is not condoning the consumption of these foods at the stated quantities. It should not be viewed as a replacement for any kind of nutritional advice.