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The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief: Health and Wellness Ministry - Long-Term Nutritional Aspects of a Wellness Plan, Part II

What do the terms “juicing” and “emulsifying" mean? According to the Merriam?Webster Dictionary, juicing means “to extract the juice of or juice; the extractable fluid contents of cells or tissues,” and emulsifying means “to disperse in an emulsion.” These are contrasting definitions that can apply to the foods we eat, but what does this have to do with nutrition and overall wellness? In this “In?Brief,” we explore various options using these terms to help you understand another way to use fruits and vegetables to enhance your nutritional plan.

The Nutritional Value of Juicing and Emulsifying

Should I juice or emulsify? Let’s explore the results of these techniques. Everyone knows what juice is and that we can buy juices from a variety of places. Juice can be derived from water-rich fruits and vegetables ranging from oranges and grapefruits to kale and beets. Basically, juicing calls for simply squeezing the plant to extract its juice. In fact, juices are easy to mass produce, so these products tend to be rather commercialized and convenient. If you prefer, you can buy a juicer and make your own lime juice, for example. After you extract the juice, you’ll be left with the plant’s pulp and fiber remains, and you may have questions about what to do with them.

Emulsifying not only creates juice, it takes the process a step further. You will need an emulsifier, a specialized blender that breaks down and liquefies ingredients. If you put sliced vegetables – such as carrots, squash, kale, cauliflower, and beets – and water into an emulsifier, you’ll get a liquid mixture. Based on the settings you choose, the liquid can be as thick as a porridge (meaning it will have lots of fiber) or completely broken down with the consistency of water.

Which is better, juicing or emulsifying?

Actually, the question should be: Which technique helps to provide long?term nutritional wellness? The answer: It depends on how you juice and what you include in your juicing recipes. For practical purposes, emulsifying always wins over juicing, because it provides both juice and a higher level of fiber. You can then decide how much of a breakdown you want. A good rule of thumb is to emulsify, as it breaks down all the plant’s components so that nothing is wasted, and you still have juice as well as the fiber option. If you don’t want to include the plant’s fiber in your juicing, try adding various other ingredients that contain fiber, such as flax seeds.

Getting Started or Advancing Your Juicing Efforts

Should you consider relying on juice and not eating fruits and vegetables? The long-term answer is "no." Still, juicing will add variety to your routine while helping you to meet the recommended daily allowance of vegetables and fruits. Some people enjoy vegetable juice in the morning with their breakfast for added nutrition and then have a smoothie at lunch or midday to put some pep in their step.

When juicing vegetables, the best way to start the process is to purchase fresh ingredients, wash them, and prep them (blanching is suggested). Then, freeze the vegetables in various portions, so that you can combine them in your emulsifier. It’s best to do the prep work ahead of time, to make daily life easier. You can follow a similar process for fruit, but high-quality frozen fruit is more readily available than vegetables, so there may be less work for you. If you do emulsify, purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables, as they are free from additives. Once you have your ingredients prepped, you can select what you want from the freezer, add water, and put the contents into an emulsifier – in less than five minutes, you’ll be ready to taste.

Finding a good place to purchase fresh juice may be another choice for those weighing the cost benefit value of their juicing efforts. Organic juices (or smoothies) can also be purchased, as they are readily available from a variety of places. As with any nutritional plan changes, consult your registered dietitian (or, in some cases, a physician for special diets) before adding to or enhancing your nutritional options.

1 Corinthians 10:31, 31 “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))

Ministry: Health and Wellness.  Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Leroy Mobley, Aleatha Draine. Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.

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(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;

(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;

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