TYH: Health Benefits Of Juicing

By CKPGToday
March 6, 2018 - 7:36pm Updated: May 17, 2018 - 10:55pm

One local entrepreneur is introducing a new way of juicing to Prince George. On today's To Your Health, Catherine Hansen has more on the health benefits of juicing.



And now, "To Your Health". Brought to you by Hart Drugs, Third Avenue Pharmacy and the Phoenix Pharmacy.

(Catherine Hansen - Reporting:)
Rhea Simpson spends her days juicing. She's the co-owner of Col Juicery, last year introducing cold-pressed juice to Prince George. Using a hydraulic press, she juices whole fruits and vegetables to create her blends.

(Rhea Simpson - Col Juicery:)
"The juicer that we use is cold-pressed, so it has stainless steel augers that the produce just gets pushed through and everything just squeezes out. Rather than having a centrifugal juicer or a blender, where it whirls really fast and adds elements of heat. So by adding very little amount of heat, you're going to reduce the impact on the enzymes. You're going to gain the most amounts of nutrients in the produce, next to eating it raw."

The process is a slow one. It takes about two hours to make just 20 bottles.

"This is all prepped to do our green juice, so this is going to make about twenty green juices as well. This is ten heads of romaine lettuce all prepped up ready to go. This is ten cups of kale. All of this is gonna go into just making twenty bottles of juice. So when it comes down to it, you're getting about half a head of romaine and a cup of kale per bottle, which is really great. So you're getting a really easy way to digest your nutrients and especially get those greens, which sometimes can be really tricky to include in your day-to-day."

Cold-pressed juices contain many beneficial nutrients, but dieticians don't recommend replacing food with juice for a cleanse, or even drinking too much juice as a supplement to your daily diet.

(Laurel Burton - Dietician, Northern Health:)
"We recommend that people are eating whole fruits and vegetables, and there are a variety of reasons behind that. Whole fruits and vegetables contain fibre, which is very important for the health of your G.I. or your intestinal system."

A better way to incorporate full fruits or vegetables into a liquid form is through smoothies, according to dieticians, and Simpson offers whole food smoothies as well, at her storefront at the UNBC Sport Centre. To your health, Catherine Hansen, CKPG News.

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