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.
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:
- Add some lemon or limes to your juices. Lemon has long been used as an all-natural preservative because it prevents meaningful oxidation.
- Also fill your juices to the top of the container. This will prevent excess oxygen from hanging around.
- 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.
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?