Carrot juice is great on its own, or used in combination with apple juice and greener vegetables such as celery or kale stems.
This raw carrot juice recipe makes a lovely fresh juice that is naturally sweet and so smooth it's almost creamy.
In the winter I like to mix carrot juice with ginger and lemon juice to give it a bit of a kick - and keep those pesky colds away!Ingredients
I like to make V8 Juice with organic carrot juice as the base, rather than the traditional tomato juice.Ingredients
Carrot Juice is said to kill off bacteria and viruses, and has been used successfully in many cancer cures. It removes toxins from the body, improves the health of the liver and the digestive tract.
Carrots are nearly 90% water! Carrot juice gives you the benefits of eating raw carrots, without all the chewing and munching. Carrot juice does not contain any fiber, which makes it very easy to digest.
Fiber plays an important part in the health of the digestive tract, and helps to remove toxins from the body. Juices are usually consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet that is naturally rich in fiber, from whole fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains.
Juice fasting is an exception to the above, where juices are consumed as the only source of food for one to several days.
The nutrients in carrot juice include:
Very high in Vitamin A - this comes in the safe form of beta-carotene which the body is able to convert to Vitamin A as required.
Also contains Vitamin K and Vitamin C, plus smaller amounts of the B complex vitamins and Vitamin E.
A good source of minerals carrot juice is high in calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, and contains small amounts of iron, zinc, manganese, copper, and selenium.
While carrot juice is mostly water and carbohydrate it also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).
A glass of carrot juice made from the above recipe with 4 large carrots (300g) contains approximately 120 calories.
If you'd like more raw carrot nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw carrots" into the search box.
A 8oz glass of fresh raw carrot juice each day is a lovely way to improve and maintain your health.
After eating a diet high in raw foods for a while - or straight away if your lucky - your body will tell you if it wants carrot juice or not.
Last winter (2007-2008) I was totally in love with carrot juice spiced up with lemon and ginger, and barely a day went by without me indulging in a glass of the liquid sunshine - well that's what it felt like! Now it's spring and with the arrival of the warm sunny weather I find I have no desire for it at all.
Drinking carrot juice may turn your skin yellow. This can happen when the liver is getting rid of stored toxins. It's not suppose to be harmful but you may not want to go around looking orange! Diluting your carrot juice with water or other juices should help your body flush out the toxins and restore your normal skin tone.
If you are drinking lots of carrot juice you may turn orange because of the beta-carotene. This is probably natures way of tell you you are drinking too much! If you are drinking lots of carrot juice because you have cancer please do make sure you are lovingly supported and supervised by a qualified doctor.
So which is the best juicer for carrots? Well that depends on both your budget, and how many carrots your planning on juicing at a time!
I make lovely carrot juice with my Samson juicer. You do need to slice large carrots up to fit in the feed tube. Personally I quite enjoy a bit of chopping, and the Samson pays me back by being both lovely and quiet, and easy to clean. And as I'd much rather chop than clean this suits me fine:)
However if chopping up vegetables isn't your thing I'd go for something like a Breville Juicer: A centrifugal juicer with a wide spout so that whole carrots can fit in. Very easy to make lots of carrot juice quickly, but a bit noisier and messier to clean up.
If your on a low budget a cheap centrifugal juicer should also juice carrots easily and quickly. You'll probably need slice your carrots in half or quarters length ways, and they are a bit noisy and a tad annoying to clean, but all in all they do a great job with hard vegetables like carrots. In the U.K. you can pick one up in Tescos for around £10, so they're a good way to start juicing. I had one before my Samson Juicer and it made really good carrot juice.
Need more advice? Visit my Best Juicer page to learn more.
Creating your own fresh juice is fun, and I recommend you begin by following a recipe. This way the juice is more likely to taste delicious, and you'll want to keep on juicing:)
For lots of recipe ideas check out "The Juice Suggester - Juice Recipe Software". This handy tool gives you recipes for whatever fruit and vegetables you've got around the house, and you can print out the list to take shopping too!