Does Juice Oxidize? How to Stop Juice from Oxidizing

Juice oxidize

Does Juice oxidize? And what exactly is oxidization?

Oxidization is what happens when plant matter is exposed to oxygen. If you slice an apple in half and leave it outside, you’ll notice it browns. While it’s not spoiled or rotten, the oxidized apple is less tasty than a fresh one and also has fewer nutrients.

Is oxidized juice a problem?

There are a lot of gurus who say that juice must be consumed immediately or else the juice will oxidize, lose it’s nutritional value, and become worthless. I disagree with the gurus for a couple of reasons.

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First, look at the bodies. Joe Cross in “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” would make his juices 2-3 days in advance. Mr. Cross used a Breville Juicer, which the gurus say oxidizes the juices more than any other brand. (Omega juicers cause less oxidation.)

Nevertheless, Mr. Cross lost 80 pounds of fat and cured himself of an autoimmune disease while drinking so-called oxidized juice. People who have followed juice fasts have noticed glowing skin, more energy, and better health – even though, like Cross, they drank oxidized juice.

If juice oxidation is such a big deal, then why are there so many people who have improved their health drinking the stuff?

Is oxidized juice is as good for you as fresh juice?

Some may say that oxidized juice is not as good as fresh juice. Maybe that’s true. Maybe.

Even so, do you have personal servants at your beck-and-call who make you juice at will? If so, then by all means fret over whether fresh juice is fundamentally better than juice that’s been in your fridge for a day or two or three.

If you live in the real world, there’s no reason to worry about juice oxidizing.

How to prevent juice from oxidizing?

Have you ever made guacamole for a party? If you have, you’ll remember sealing it in an airtight container and only bringing it out once guests are ready to eat. You’ve also likely added a little lemon or lime to keep it looking fresh.

Avocados, like apples, develop browning because of oxidation. By putting the guac in a sealed container and adding lemon or lime juice, you’ve prevented it from oxidizing. The same is true of juice.

If you’re worried about oxidation, take the following steps:

  1. Add some lemon or limes to your juices. Lemon has long been used as an all-natural preservative because it prevents meaningful oxidation.
  2. Also fill your juices to the top of the container. This will prevent excess oxygen from hanging around.
  3. Store your juices in the refrigerator. You can also freeze your juice.

You can also get an Omega juicer. Omega juicers spin at a lower rate of speed. This causes whatever you’re juicing to be exposed to less oxygen.

Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer

Listen to your body, not gurus.

Juicing and anything else health-related tends to attract gurus. Gurus generally earn their living selling information. To earn your living by selling information, you must convince people to listen to what you say and to ignore what happens in the real world. Otherwise people could look around and figure things out for themselves.

Don’t listen to the gurus. Listen to how your own body responds and observe how other bodies have responded.

Do you feel better while juicing? If so, does it even matter if juice oxidizes?

Check out: 60 Day Juice Fast.

Comments

  1. says

    Great post. This is the perfect example of an 80/20 situation that people fret over, causing them to do nothing at all. 20% of the work (juicing for 3-4 days and storing it) will produce 80% or more of the beneficial results.

    People allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good in these situations — drinking 3-day old “oxidized” juice every day will still put you in the top 5% of people in terms of healthful practices. Just fire up the juicer, reap the benefits, and get on with your life.

  2. sal says

    It is too much of a hassle to juice everyday with my omega, so I think I will store it for up to 3 days. If I plan to store for a week I might use mega h .There is some interesting information here about this subject:

    http://rawpaleodiet.vpinf.com/juicing-basic-1.html

    A number of persons in the raw foods world have come up with guidelines for the quality of each class of juicer, and, while there is some variance, most seem to agree that:

    the juice from a centrifugal juicer must be consumed almost immediately after juicing to take advantage of nutrients before serious oxidative damage can progressively damage nutrients; such oxidation, when severe, often yields a brownish color in the juice
    the juice from a masticating juicer may be refrigerated and stored for up to 24 hours, while maintaining an acceptable nutrient quality
    the juice from a twin-gear juicer may be stored under refrigeration for up to at least three days, while maintaining an acceptable nutrient quality. Indeed, Aajonus Vonderplanitz reports that he has commissioned studies which have shown that after 78 hours (3 days and 6 hours) the nutrients in the juice from a Green Life juicer still retained at least 82% of their original potency.
    Therefore, many “serious” devotees of juicing seem to end up using twin-gear juicers in order to yield higher juice quality and the ability to juice vegetables in quantity and then store the juice in 8-ounce or 16-ounce tightly sealed containers (see below) under refrigeration for a few (3+) days, while still maintaining high nutrient quality. Recently, a fair number of raw foodists who eat raw vegetable and animal diets (RVAF diets), including this author, have been adding small amounts of a proprietary hydride (H-, also known as the H- ion) donor antioxidant (MegaH™ or MegaH-™), marketed as a nutritional antioxidant, to the raw juice before storage to decrease oxidative damage over time and to increase useful storage lifetime of the juice. The H- ion is a powerful, primitive, primal and primordial antioxidant which has been present in much raw drinking water and found as well in all raw vegetation and raw animal foods.

  3. says

    Meh. Yes, I use lemons and limes for every batch of juice I make….however, when it comes to “oxidization” I counter that with the term: “fermentation.”

    I juice once a week. I make a batch large enough so that I can drink a 12 oz. glass of juice every day for 7 days until the next farmer’s market.

    By day 5, my juice starts tasting a little……..alcoholic.

    No problem! lol

    Fermented foods are a staple of healthy, traditional diets…foods like Kim Chee. Sauerkraut. Poi. Yogurt. Kefir. It’s all good!

  4. says

    Here, here!
    I’m a paranoid weirdo (with a lower quality centrifugal juicer, if that’s any excuse), so when I was juicing, I would juice every single day–but I don’t necessarily recommend that to anyone. It was just my preference. I’m switched to green smoothies now and only juice a few times a month–if you’re impressed with Omega juicers, give one of there blenders a whirl. You won’t be disappointed, the thing is a beast. Add fiber and the thing keeps me feeling full 4+ hours. It’s great. Wooo tangent. THANK YOU for posting this. I think it’s important for people to not get so obsessed with the details of their actions that they forget the importance of the action itself. Cheers!

  5. ab says

    I juice every other day. Drink a glass and freeze a mason jar. Second day I’ll take the juice out of the freezer and when it starts to tjaw shake the crap out of it. Tastes better as a slushie. Figured the same thing it might not be 100% but still better then diet coke or whatever garbage the world drinks nowadays.

  6. rick. says

    Love the blog. I freeze my juice in Mason jars as well. However, I’ve run into an issue of the jars cracking while in the freezer.

    Any of you guys out there having a similar problem or have any insights on how to solve my exploding Mason jar issue?

  7. blueasajewel says

    @rick – you have to leave some room for the juice to expand as it freezes ~3/4-1″. Also using mason jars with straight sides vs curved shoulders helps avoid glass breakage.