One of the most frequently asked questions at Journey Juice is about fiber.
Does the cold-pressed method get rid of all the fiber?
Don’t we have to eat a lot of fiber to be healthy?
Will I still be able to go to the bathroom if I don’t eat enough fiber?
Like almost everything in the world of health and nutrition, ‘It’s Complicated.’ The most common answer is that fiber is good for you because it keeps you ‘regular.’ And if you are a typical American eating the typical Standard American Diet (SAD), adding fiber to your regular diet will indeed help keep you regular. If you are eating three meals a day of fast and processed foods, it makes sense to get the bad stuff out of your system as fast as possible. If you eat ‘clean,’ the benefits of fiber are less pronounced. But it’s still complicated.
There are two types of fiber, insoluble and soluble. The insoluble fiber in many foods is what your body cannot digest. It speeds up the digestion process and helps to keep you regular. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and ferments in your gut while producing many important byproducts such as short chain fatty acids, which help the millions of microorganisms keep your gut healthy. Soluble fiber also decreases your blood sugar and increases your absorption of vitamins and minerals.
So what about fiber in the juice? The cold press machine that takes two-three pounds of fresh produce and magically produces delicious Journey Juice removes the insoluble fiber but maintains more than 90 percent of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The cellulose that is left over is inedible — to humans anyway. We feed it to the goats!
In the study referenced below, researchers demonstrated how cold-pressed juice with soluble fiber increased the levels of Beta-Carotene concentration more than taking supplements, and even more than eating the actual fruits and vegetables (that contain all that extra fiber). The soluble fiber in cold-pressed juice actually makes the nutrients more bioavailable than eating the fruits and vegetables. And as Amy say, ‘It’s easier to drink your veggies than to eat them. Especially two to three pounds of them!’
Notice the soluble fiber in this bottle of Just Greens (pictured) that has settled in the bottom of the bottle. Since we do not homogenize, pasteurize, or use amalgamation chemicals at Journey Juice, the water contained in the vegetables is separated from the soluble fiber and nutrients. Therefore, it is always important to Shake Well before consuming.
So enjoy your next bottle of Journey Juice with the piece of mind that there is plenty of soluble fiber in the juice, working hard to bring your body all of the healthy nutrients from the fruits and vegetables.