See the supermarket aisle in the photo…we live there! Okay okay…we don't actually "live" there, but you'll often find us there studying the ingredient labels on each bottle.
We've probably tried the majority of the green juices that you see on the shelves since we like to drink our fruits and vegetables as well as eat them. We often bring a bottle of green juice with us when we're at our various markets. But with so many types of green juices out there, how do we choose the "right" ones? Are all green juices created equal?
Here are some things we look for in green juices:
- Look for cold-pressed. Cold-pressure processing crushes and presses the fruits and vegetables, using processes that generate less heat. This keeps the juice as fresh and as nutrient-rich as possible.
- USDA organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) preferred. Food and beverage companies that have these certifications operate and process their products in accordance with specific government regulations.
- Avoid added sugars and salts. Many fruits and vegetables have natural sugars and sodium, so keep an eye out for ingredient labels that have added sweeteners such as cane sugar, corn syrup, and other artificial sweeteners.
- Take note of the top ingredients. If the juices include a plethora of other ingredients or the top ingredients are not the ones being touted, then they may not be the ones to choose.
We hope this helps in decoding green juices. And, we hope to bump into you in the green juice aisles some time :).
Thank you for being kind to your body!