We’re often asked if green juice is good for you and if it’s ok to drink green juice every day. Our answer would be a resounding yes. One of the main reasons for choosing green juice is because of the nutrients you consume from the vegetables and fruit you use to make the juice. When you go all out to put good stuff in, you feel great. The beauty of green juice is that you can include a wide variety of vegetables and add those extra ingredients which offer the delicious taste you’re looking for, such as lime or ginger. When making green juices at Plenish, we use all-natural organic produce and add more vegetables than fruit to ensure that the sugar content is kept low. Read on to discover why we think green juice is a good addition to your daily diet.
Is Green Juice Healthy? 5 Reasons Green Juice can Benefit Your Health
- It can help you hit your five a day vegetable and fruit target, and that’s important as most people aren’t getting enough fruit and veg. The Health Survey for England discovered that only 28% of adults ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. While it’s possible to eat your vegetables, clearly, not everyone is doing it.
- It’s easy to get a quick dose of vitamins and minerals from a green juice. Many of the foods that you would include in a green juice recipe are some of the most nutrient-rich foods in the world, such as kale. Each ingredient usually has an impressive range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A juice is packed with nutrients, and it’s quick to absorb the vitamins and minerals from the ingredients.
- It’s an easy way to get your leafy greens into your daily diet. Juicing uses large quantities of leafy veg, and often the main ingredients in a green juice can be kale, spinach, Swiss chard or romaine lettuce. Greens like spinach, kale, and chard are a treasure trove of phytochemicals and antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and calcium. Phytochemicals are compounds that occur naturally in plants. They are not a vitamin or mineral, but some studies show they have very positive effects on the body and could help protect from cancer. According to Medical News Today, leafy greens provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which may lead to a vast array of health benefits, such as a reduced risk for health conditions like anaemia, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll which gives the greens their colour but is also a powerful antioxidant. The juice itself tends not to taste of kale or spinach when it’s made as it’s juiced with other ingredients, giving you all of the benefits of leafy veg without the taste.
- Hydration – there are many ways to hydrate throughout the day, and opting for green juice is both healthy and flavoursome. In some Plenish juices, we use cucumber, which is 96% water and gives a lovely light and fresh flavour and boosts hydration. Other green vegetables like romaine lettuce contain potassium, an electrolyte that can help ward off dehydration. If you want a change from water, this is a healthy choice – especially if you choose a green vegetable juice that isn’t packed with sugar.
- It can help to boost your immune system. Many of the ingredients in a green juice will contain immune-boosting properties. For example, kale and spinach are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K. Romaine lettuce is rich in vitamins A & K, and broccoli and Bok Choy are rich in B vitamins. Pears are rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium. Cucumber has vitamins K, B and C along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Limes are high in vitamin C and contain small amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin B6, thiamine, and potassium. These vitamins help support the immune system’s normal function and help promote healthy skin, eyes, and nails.
Which Green Juice is Best?
There isn’t a particular juice that is the best, but certainly, not all juices are created equal. Here are a few things to be aware of when selecting your juice:
- Select a juice that isn’t pasteurised. Cold-pressed juice hasn’t been damaged by heat, so it contains three to five times the nutrient content of pasteurised juices.
- Some juices are high in sugar, especially if they have added sugar or are predominantly made with fruit. Make sure you select a juice or make a juice that primarily consists of vegetables and is ideally organic to avoid any nasties.
- Some store-bought juices have other preservatives added as well as sugar. The common preservatives used in fruit and vegetable juices include sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, and sulfur dioxide. It’s best to opt for a natural juice if possible.
- It’s important to remember, though, that green juices alone don’t replace meals – the juicing process removes the fibre from vegetables and fruit, so you’ll need to also eat fruit and veg as part of a meal or have a smoothie to keep up your fibre intake.
Getting your Green Juice On
You can try making your own juice at home or have cold-pressed juices delivered directly to your doorstep. Plenish offer three green juices Plenish Boost: Essential Green Juice, Plenish Fuel: Hard Green Juice and Plenish Lift: Sweet Green Juice, which you can have delivered directly to your door. All Plenish Juices are high in vegetable content, “Hard Green Juice” comprises 96% vegetables with just a bit of lime and ginger for taste. The “Sweet Green Juice” has 62% vegetable content, and the remaining content is pear and lime. All Plenish juice is also cold-pressed with 100% organic produce (some of it is a bit wonky to reduce waste). We go all out to make sure our juices contain nothing but the finest natural ingredients to help you enjoy their goodness. Discover more about juice with our quick guide to juicing.