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So to recap: it's easier to physically eat 3 carrots, 3 apples, a stick of celery and an inch of ginger than it is to bang it in a juicer, gulp it down, and spend two minutes clearing it afterwards? I'm sure many would disagree.
I eat 3-4 whole apples, 3-4 carrots, 1 banana, 1 full cucumber on average every day. I bloody enjoy all the crunching noise when I eat it.

It's your big man juice thread so out of respect I will bow out
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Old 19.05.2010, 17:46
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actually, maybe you only need to eat 1 carrot, 1 apple and 1/3 stick of celery compared to juice due to the additional nutrition of eating whole food instead of juice component.

from that perspective it may well be easier and with the advantages of:

no cleaning required
no electricity use (bad for carbon footprint, dontchaknow)
and you can also eat it while walking to the train or on the train so saving time
A bit limiting - try doing that with a pineapple
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A bit limiting - try doing that with a pineapple
stop trolling and tell us some juicing recipes instead
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

Juicing, or blending, is bad for your teeth on account of the high sugar content. Crunching apples and carrots are good for them - at least, better than eating meat ort chocolate. Also, you get rid of the fibre, all of it with juice, part of it with blending, which is an essential part of any healthy diet.

Also, basic proof that everyone has a lifetime of experience in - drink a few pints, how long 'til you need a piss? Eat a meal, how long 'til you need a dump?

You could always do both, some juicing/blending AND eat some fruit and carrots etc on the way to the train station.
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

I have two books from the juice master guy, his approach is interesting but I doubt a lot of people (who are not very disciplined ehem me) can do it. THe first 7 days are really it got to the point of just cleaning the juicer would make me , yes I lost weight but gained it back quickly.
You also do need a juicer and not just a blender and it takes a long time to make the shakes he recommends. I have to admit though that your skin changes a lot (clearer, cleaner skin) and after the first 4 days you actually have more energy.
Another thing this guy mentions is that you can juice (sort of juice fast) 1-2 days a week also to improve your health. If you want the books you can borrow them and then see if you want to invest on them.
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Old 19.05.2010, 19:28
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

don't forget when you juice- you're not only juicing fruit or sugar. yes, things like carrots, apples, even beets have alot of sugar and can be 'bad' for your teeth but honestly now i'd rather my kids have fresh apple or carrot juice than processed juice or soda- let's not get too picky here.

also, in terms of the benefits of certain vegetables- i personally find it much easier (yes easier!!!) and healthier for me to juice. i don't only have veggies in juice but i have a ton more than i usually would and i have veggie juice instead of a sandwich or some other lunch. if i use celery- i use all the celery, cucumber, skin and all, etc. as for scientific studies- honestly there are studies that go both ways. i started juicing when my best friend went thru chemo from breast cancer at 29 years old. her doctor urged her to begin juicing regularly to replace all the nutrients chemo had taken from her and she urged all her friends too do the same just for a healthy lifestyle.

for me i don't really need to see any studies that prove a thing. i feel 50 times better than ever since i have been juicing and juices have substituted not eating veggies but eating crap at lunchtime or other times, plus i like the juice! it's a good enough reason for me
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

Regarding digestion time:
What goes in your small intestine is sludge no matter what. That's what the hydrochloric acid does in your stomach. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to digest anything.

Lecture time:

The assimilation process, or the conversion of nutrients into living substances and minerals in the human body, is a 2 part process.

First, the luminal processes (the mouth, esophagus, and stomach) have the process of degrading large molecules, by emulsification (this is also when the hydrochloric acid (HCl) dissolves the food to a liquid), mechanical preprocessing (also known as chewing), and chemical degradation by enzymes. This happens whether the food is solid or liquid. At this time complexes like Vitamin B-12 are formed. This is called Digestion.

Afterwards, the gut wall and vessels go to town. This is called absorption. They uptake the small molecules previously digested. The duodenum (part of the small intestine) absorbs minerals (like calcium and iron). The small intestine has a huge surface area that absorbs about 8-10 l/day (yes, liters, because it's a liquid), 50- 100 g of minerals with the help of many enzymes. Fats are dissolved here as well, but that's bile acid from the liver and is a whole other lecture. Carbohydrates are starting to be degraded already in the mouth by enzymes, but are absorbed in the small intestine as well (won't explain here how that works). The large intestine comes next. This isn't used really for digestion. It only absorbs about 1-2 l/day. It's purpose is bacteria maintenance and waste removal (which is mainly bacteria waste). Dietary fiber helps this out a lot, otherwise it refuses to move. Dietary fiber is the stuff that enzymes can't degrade.

End of pedantic moment.

But seriously, it doesn't matter if it's solid or liquid, the body absorbs what the body wants to. Otherwise babies couldn't survive their first few months.

Just trying to be helpful. If you would like to debate about anatomy and physiology, just let PM me.
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Old 19.05.2010, 19:32
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i feel 50 times better than ever since i have been juicing ....
I just did some intense calculations and the result is that you would feel 90 times better my way
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Old 19.05.2010, 19:33
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

oh yea. and before i got the juicer ($$$$) i blended juice- yes crazy me i blended all the juice. and the amount of juice that a good juicer gets from a carrot or what ever else and the amount that a blender does is a very different thing. you end up wasting half the carrot and not getting nearly all the minerals that a juicer extracts. juicing an orange is different- no skin, no pulp, it's not so good. but juicing a veggie or fruit that includes skin and all gets just the same as eating. what comes outta the juicer looks pretty much like what'll come outta you....
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

I like juice. It's yummy.
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I just did some intense calculations and the result is that you would feel 90 times better my way
darling i feel a total of 140 times better cuz i do both ways...juice and crunch. juice and crunch.
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

I have a juicer for sale (its been sat on a shelf for the last 8 years). It's in perfect working condition, the white lid is a little discoloured from the sun. Its a Kenwood JE 600, bought for 159.- would like 40.- for it.
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

I will absolutely be in the market for an Oscar-style juicer (wheatgrass!) when I arrive in mid-July. I would also be interested in buying a Vita-Mix or similar industrial blender (because yes, I have tried to blend a carrot, and it was magnificent).

Smoothies for breakfast are where it's at.
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Old 20.05.2010, 08:36
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

My favourite juice has always been strawberry/banana with a touch of orange. Will def try a smoothie of such in my new blender this weekend. Maybe will try it in the juicer as well.

Of course nothing beats a mango lhassi, but I digress; that's for the yet to be created smoothie thread.

When you add ginger, RD, do you juice that as well or just use extract?

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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

I have to say I prefer to bite into things then poor them into my mouth, but I do miss juices. Banana/strawberry for me, no.1. Kiwi is good in it, too. Or apple/banana and papaya (mango). Mango/orange/and whatever. Jeezum, I can't believe we aren't making juices again. When I had green veggies juice I would have a glass of it a day and two glasses of milk some other time of the day to prevent the greens sucking up my calcium. I also throw wheatgerms sometimes in da juice, or add a spoon of live youghurt and honey in the banana juice.
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

I chop and blend with a hand blender- a compromise- skin and pulp all go into my smoothy, more filling than juice- can eat with a spoon even- and no bulky messy machine to unpack, set up, clean and hesitate to take out again the next day... (I'm a bit anti-gadget, in the kitchen at least.)


It is quite easy to grab a toothbrush after too...
I never quite get the "no fruit juice or bananas purists" in schools here. Then you see the kids with chocolate and cakes and crisps?
Sugar may be bad for your teeth if you don't look after them but you can't see inside your arteries or even get a brush to clean them!
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..(I'm a bit anti-gadget, in the kitchen at least.)
Oh, this is speaking from my soul...Yes. I dislike things that take up too much space. I have a handheld blender we got for baby food, it seems to do the job well, big machines always remind me the big messy school canteens, haha..Too much work.

I honestly believe that the best cooking is simple, from simple ingredience and inexpensive few pots, etc. People make it a trendy lab fest.

On the other hand, the raclette machine is the best thing on earth, then we discovered a little sandwich grill, then came my beloved waffle iron....Ooooh. Those are great things for having friends and kids over, everybody participates.
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

Juicing beast finally arrived today, so I set it up and "got it on't go" as we say up noof. Anyway, I got a bit of stuff in from Co-Op and did a quick glass of:
  • 3 smallish carrots
  • 1 golden apple
  • 1 small chunk of ginger.

Cut it all into smaller sizes, cut off any nasty bits, preparation time 3 mins.

All went in fine, juice was produced (and very quietly), and the pulp that came out was almost bone dry, If you put it through again you would get a extra drop... if that. It also tasted delicious, though could have definitely used some crushed ice.

Cleaning time, including dissembling of the chute and rinsing, 2 minutes. It's really that quick and easy.

While I won't get involved in the tail-chasing debates earlier on in the thread, I personally, knowing my lifestyle and dietry habits, would genuinely prefer to stick it in a glass and gulp it down morning and evening between light-ish meals than force myself to chew through a mound of fruit and veg, some I would never otherwise eat under normal circumsances.

It's just going to be a case of building a routine and sticking to it, which is always the trickiest part.
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Re: The Great Big Juicing Thread...

If you use them then they are justified! And if they are fun, better still.
I just hate all the bits and pieces that hide in cupboards gathering dust on top of the inevitable grease (yuk!) waiting for the big day you will whip them out and use them... But you don't so every big clean up you find them yet again, scrub them clean, chicken out of getting rid of them and think they will come in handy some day...soonish...
Back to the "software"
-Apart fom knowing I won't sit down and tuck into three pieces of fruit in one sitting... I love the new and interesting flavours you can achieve from experimenting blending.
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