Cold-pressed juices have been hot on the scene for a solid few years now. They're touted as being extra healthy and are usually pretty pricey. So, are cold pressed juices actually good for you?
The Nutritional Nitty Gritty
A cold-pressed juice is made with a hydraulic press that uses thousands of pounds of pressure to extract the maximum amount of liquid from fresh fruits and vegetables. No additional heat or oxygen is used in the process, unlike traditional pasteurization where ingredients are brought to a high temperature which damages or destroys essential vitamins and minerals.
Meaning, cold pressed juices maintain more nutrients! So the answer is yes, these juices are better for you. Look for brands that incorporate veggies into their juice blends as well. While just fruit juice may taste better, getting a vegetable's raw nutrients is a major bonus. Just like high heat pasteurization causes fruits to lose nutrients, cooking vegetables has the same effect.
As with any juice, high sugar content is always something to watch for. For example, if eating them whole, you would probably only eat one apple, but when juiced, you could consume up to 3 apples worth of sugar without feeling full (plus you miss all the fiber and good stuff!).
Happy juice hunting!