Mrs Tan's New Interest: Cold-Pressed Juices

Monday, December 23, 2013

It seems that at each point of time, there will be some sort of "health fads" going around. I remember there was a period of time where 东方Billy will go live on 97.2FM and teach listeners various life hacks and cleansing tips and one specific one that I remember until now (because my mom actually made me do it!) was drinking lemon/lime juice.

It was said that if I were to drink a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, undiluted by the way, it will kick start my metabolism and it will help me to lose weight.


Ok thanks, kid. I know that. This lemon juice cleansing technique didn't work quite well for me, to be honest.

Then came Ear Candling, where apparently by putting a candle into your ear hole, it creates a small vacuum effect that will draw out ear wax and also cure all sorts of stuff, like sinus infection, for example. I was interested, but I never got around trying it so I don't know if it works.

Then very recently, you know how this entire "organic" thing becomes super popular and everyone's buying something "organic" in their grocery shopping trip. So talking about that, there's this new fad that I am rather interested in:

JUICE CLEANSE

I first read it from Dr. Oz, and I was interested because it seemed like an easy cleansing method that is said to be useful in kickstarting weight loss and the influx of nutrients and antioxidants will help the body to repair itself.

Besides, most of the juices sound reasonably delicious (although I will not vouch for the taste of beetroots. Don't say I never warn you) but juice cleansing technically meant replacing most meals with juices, which is what I worry the most because I think I may starve to death omg. (Remember my dinosaur appetite?)

And then as I research further, I realized that there is something called the cold-pressed juices, which is quite different from the usual juices we get from a juice bar, or by squeezing them at home.

"Cold pressed juices are known to be the healthiest way to drink juice.

When something is cold pressed it means it was juiced by a machine that extracts juice through the tremendous pressure exerted by a Hydraulic Press. Maximal amounts of natural fruit sugars, vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes, and other vital elements are preserved rather than killed during another juicing process.

This makes sure the juice is an extremely fine quality and flavor which is unequaled by any other juicing extraction method. 

Most juice bars use a centrifugal juicer. That involves a rapidly spinning strainer. It heats, has static electricity and large amounts of air are drawn in. That compromises and destroys the nutrients that causes an oxidation to the juice. Essential enzymes in fruit and vegetable juice die at temperatures that go above 50 degrees Celsius. 

Any juice extractor using a high-speed blade or centrifuge creates friction heat and destroys vital nutrients. Juicing machines will allow you to take control of the quality of the produce, but extraction methods can still destroy vital nutrients, vitamins and living enzymes." - (credits)

So I started looking around for cold-pressed juices and I realized that there are a couple of online stores that carry them in Singapore!

Image from Lucky You Cleanse
There are Lucky You Cleanse, Sana Six, Hic'Juice, just to name a few I've found.

The only reason that is holding me back is the price, to be honest. A 5-day cleansing ranges from $75 to a whopping $330 for 6 bottles of juice!!

I... dunno why it is so expensive. T__T

That said, I will continue on my quest to look for affordable cold-pressed juice and I hope that I'll have an opportunity to try out this new health fad.

Have you tried it before? Do give me some advice and suggestions if you have!

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2 comments

  1. Hi I think you shd try to squeeze the fruits by yourself. I'm not too sure if that's correct but I think the juice would be juicier with more pulps. Maybe that's why the bottled co;dpressed juice is so expensive.

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  2. I find with a twin gear juicer which is in my opinion the best for ease of operating and juice output, that with juicy things not leafy that I need about 16+ pounds to make a gallon. If that answers the juice cost question.

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