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Is Cold-Pressed Juice Better?

efa019113854f004077736beca4a59ecThese days, everyone is juicing. And I’m not talking steroids. Juices, juice bars and even juice cleanses (which are a bad idea) are all the rage.

If you’re into juicing, you’ve probably noticed a trend toward cold-pressed juices. But what does cold-pressed mean? And are cold-pressed juices really a better option?

Let’s break it down.

Traditional juicers are called centrifugal juicers; they work by spinning a metal blade against a mesh strainer that separates the juice from the fruit or vegetable flesh. This is what you’ll commonly see at kitchen supply stores, and they’re usually fairly inexpensive.

Cold press juicers work by pressing and crushing fruits, vegetables and even nuts to extract as much juice as possible. The process results in a higher juice yield than centrifugal juicers.

Often times, cold press enthusiasts will note that the fast-spinning blade found in traditional juicers generates heat, and thus destroys some of the nutrients in the process. The authenticity of this claim is doubtful; the force and friction of cold pressing also generates heat. The real advantage of cold pressing is that, because so much liquid is extracted, the resulting juice is more flavorful, abundant and colorful. And you can press things (like nuts or wheatgrass) that would otherwise be difficult or impossible with a centrifugal juicer.

On the downside, cold pressed juice and juicers are more expensive – so there’s a bit of a tradeoff. And remember, cold-pressed or otherwise, juicing fruits and vegetables leaves all that good fiber behind in the pulp. It’s not necessarily as healthy as you might imagine. Juice, even when it’s rich in nutrients, tends to be very calorie dense, especially when it’s made from fruit.

So everything in moderation! Even those fancy, overpriced cold-pressed juices.