Juices, in Bell Gardens, are the natural liquid content of fruit or vegetable tissue. The general method for preparing juices is mechanically squeezing the flesh or pulp of fresh fruits or vegetables without applying heat or solvents. A variety of manual or electric juicers can be used to prepare juices at home from fresh fruits and vegetables.
Most commercial juices are filtered for removal of fiber or pulp. However, high-pulp fresh orange juice is a popular as well as healthier beverage. Juices are processed & preserved using canning, pasteurization, freezing, evaporation and spray drying techniques.Juices provide a lot of health benefits in the form of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, antibacterial substances etc. Consumption of juice on a regular basis has proven benefits of fighting cancers, delaying onset of Alzheimer’s disease & resisting stroke.
Some popularly consumed juices are: Coconut water which is rich in potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, vitamin B complex and vitamin C. Carrot juice which is rich in Vitamin A, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium and iron. Grape juice which is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants and vitamins. Apple juice which is rich in vitamin A, calcium, folate, magnesium, phosphorus. Muskmelon Juice which is Rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Watermelon Juice which is Rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium .
Lack of fibers & high levels of processing often decrease the quality of juice as compared to its source fruit or vegetable. However, in moderate amounts, juices can help children and adults meet their dietary requirements for nutrient & calorie intake in the form of fruit consumption.