Curious about juicing?

Anyone who spends time looking into popular trends in health and nutrition has probably heard about juicing. From promising to help you lose loads of weight, to cleansing your body to lowering cholesterol, juicing is a craze that often seems to travel into “cure-all” territory. While many of the claims about juicing have not been scientifically proven to be true, there are some benefits to increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption by making your own juice at home.

In an article written by Registered Dietitian Kari Hartel, juicing is a very effective way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet, especially ones you might not normally eat. People who shy away from chomping down bushels of kale or handfuls of spinach can add them to juice and not even realize they’re there. Juicing is also a way to avoid wasting money on throwing away fruits and vegetables that are near spoiling: throwing them in the juicer is a great way to get a little extra life out of your produce.

If you’re thinking of seeing what the juicing craze is all about, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor first to make sure that you’re still getting your recommended nutrients and not overloading on any vitamins or minerals. If you need a little bit of guidance on how to get started, however, the Santa Clara County Library District has lots of materials about juicing for you to peruse. Check out the list below and reserve your copy of these and many more items from your local library branch today. Happy juicing!

The Juicing Bible

The Juicing Bible (2008)
by Pat Crocker

Designed for anyone who wants to explore nutrition and natural foods it addresses more than 80 common health conditions, has health tips, preparation techniques, sidebars and more.

Juicing, Fasting and Detoxing for Life

Juicing, Fasting and Detoxing for Life  (2008)
by Cherie Calbom

More than a simple collection of recipes, this book guides readers toward a lifestyle that promotes alkaline balance by juicing, eating well, and cleansing the body and soul. This book primarily focuses on juices, smoothies and soups made from vegetables. It also also offers a guide to the food richest in nutrients from Vitamin A to zinc and includes various cleanses to benefit the colon, liver, gall bladder, and kidney and more.

Ultimate Juicing

Ultimate Juicing (2000)
by Donna Rodnitzky

Cold, delicious juice drinks never go out of style. They're perfect in any kind of weather and at any time of day. Most important, they're as nutritious as they are mouth-watering. Ultimate Juicing overflows with 125 great-tasting fruit and vegetable drinks that use the sweet, zesty juices of everything from apples to tomatoes. Inside, you'll discover a wealth of fun and easy-to-prepare recipes for the most delectable fruit and vegetable drinks imaginable.

The Juice Lady's Living Foods Revolution

The Juice Lady's Living Foods Revolution (2011)
by Cherie Calbom

Nutrition expert Cherie Calbom explains the benefits of raw foods, based on new scientific research that shows that biophotons in plants carry light energy into our bodies, which helps our cells communicate with each other.

Drink to your Health

Drink to your Health (2000)
by Anita Hirsch

As juice bars open across the U.S., the concept of healthy beverages is reaching more people than ever. Drink to Your Health offers over 125 vitamin- and mineral-packed recipes for both hot and cold beverages, including juices, smoothies, shakes, teas, infusions, soups, and more.