Whats a healthy snack before bed – You Ask?

Popcorn!

If you are like a lot of people and don’t want to get the juicer out just before bed time but your appetite need quashing, you may be asking yourself; whats a healthy snack before bed,  You are hungry and need to supress your appetite!  OK this is not juicing I hear you say,  but it is much better than grabbing biscuits ou crisps when the munchy monster arrives.

So grabbing for anything unhealthy goes against the grain so to speak! But reality has it that the grain becomes our friend in the form of the corn grain. Thats if it is the popable kind.  Those little minuscule cute cornels of corn, that can be made so easily at home, that is popcorn could be the answer to the midnight feast you have been looking for.

Whats a healhty snack before bed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Full of goodness, roughage and low in fat is can stave off any hunger pains quickly whilst giving you untold amounts of healthy benefits before bed.

Yes popcorn is our friend its official, not only for bed time snacks but also for a healthy snack at work, or anytime even during the day!

Whats a healthy snack before bed?

SUZANNAH HILLS Writes;

“As well as being a great diet food, popcorn also contains a high level of antioxidents, which help fight harmful molecules.

Plain popcorn has already been hailed as a great diet food for its low calorie content but now a group of scientists claim it may even top fruits and vegetables in antioxidant levels.

Antioxidants – known as polyphenols – have huge health benefits as they help fight harmful molecules that damage cells.

Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just four percent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables because they are made up of up to 90 percent water.

Researchers discovered one serving of popcorn has up to 300mg of antioxidants – nearly double the 160mg for all fruits per serving.

They also found that the crunchy hulls of the popcorn have the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber.

The scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania unveiled their discovery at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.

Researcher Joe Vinson said: ‘Those hulls deserve more respect. They are nutritional gold nuggets.”

 

Personally I have loved these golden nuggets for years. Growing up as a child, my Mum freshly making it on the hob, but even now as an adult made freshly for my children, the bowl is never left empty! So why not eat popcorn all the time and do away with the juicer?

 

“But Mr Vinson warned that people can’t forgo their five-a-day in favour of popcorn – as it doesn’t contain vital vitamins and nutrients found in fruit and vegetables.

Although he added that popcorn has many other health benefits, stating: ‘Popcorn may be the perfect snack food.

But researchers warn that while popcorn has a higher concentration of antioxidents it doesn’t contain any of the vital vitamins or other nutrients found in fruit and vegetables

‘It’s the only snack that is 100 per cent unprocessed whole grain. ‘One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70 per cent of the daily intake of whole grain.

Mr Vinson added: ‘Air-popped popcorn has the lowest number of calories while microwave popcorn has twice as many calories as air-popped.'”

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So buy your corn grains from a wholefood shop or supermarket and heat them up your self.  What they forgot to say is the cost of doing it your self is much less in price and three times the fun.  To hear those little grain cracking and popping (don’t for get the lid on the pan otherwise they will be all over your kitchen like the blender juice without the lid on!) is a delight in its self.

So you may say popcorn before bed hey Hmmm?… Well look at it this way;   You get lots and lots of antioxidents (polyphenols) that work whilst your sleep (or whilst your awake) helping you to keep your system healthy and they fight the harmful cell damaging molecules. Also you get loads of great unadulterated undiluted fibre, good for the bowels and digestive track, that will help your cleansing process,  clearing toxins and waste from the colon wall.

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It should be said again that there is no particular vitamin or nutrient content to shout about in popcorn so your regular juicing and eating habits should not be abandoned for this golden nugget of a grain.  But do make it yourself if you are bothered about dieting and the calories involved form eating it as a ready made purchased product.

OK  it can’t be juiced but it can bridge the gap from eating junk food.

So if your just looking for whats a healthy snack before bed then popcorn is one of your best bets. But dont forget to clean you teeth as the husks of the grain have tendency to make very good friends with you and get stuck between your teeth.

 

 

 

 

How Can I Change My Diet?

How Can I Change My Diet!

You are what you eat, That’s a given here at the Juice Junkie Journal.

So what if you are asking yourself how can I change my diet? You could start by looking at your belief systems about food and where do those beliefs come from which will have created the eating patterns you have?

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By studying food and its effects on the body we have to consider where our food habits come from? The reality is that they have been passed down from our parents, grandparents and so forth. Our social societies and cultures that surround us as we grow up have a massive efffect on our eating habits with regard to what we think is normal and what we consider abnormal. Because it is natural we follow what we have been taught by our parents, which usually is a copy of their mothers and fathers patterns.

For instance if you were brought up in a jungle region you would most likely have a great diet of raw fresh fruits, certain vegetable and berries, some meat and fish etc. If you were brought up as an Inuit (fromerly known as Eskimo’s) in the northern hemisphere your normal diet would be made up of 75% protein and fat obtained from fish and whale meat.

I know for my self, as the son of a butcher (as was also my father), who was brought on a high protein diet of meat and meat products that I am more likely to get prostrate cancer and other illnesses (because of the high protein content) compared to someone brought up as a vegetarian. Ironically I remember whilst studying for the family business, as a meat technologogist at college, I had the thought how can people not eat meat and just eat vegetables and plants to survive – how stupid were they? It was a few years after that (whilst studying with Tony Robbins) I realised it was me that was so stupid and my ignorance had been innocently instilled into my subconciousness from my conditioning and background.

So I asked my self

How can I Change My Diet?

Our histories don’t seem to have helped us as Dr. Mercola points out below

The foods eaten by most Westerners today bear little resemblance to the foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. And our lifestyles are equally non-reflective of our roots. Our bodies evolved to weather the cycles of feast and famine; to accumulate body fat easily in order to make it through times when food was scarce. But the famine never comes now, so all we have is the feast. And feast upon feast upon feast adds up to a LOT of extra body fat.

Hunter-gatherers consumed foods with high nutrition and low calories. Today, most Americans are getting the converse—high calories and low nutrition. Many are overfed, yet starving to death. Their bodies are accumulating fat and pollutants from intentional AND unintentional contaminants in our food supply, causing their biological systems to shut down and be vulnerable to a variety of chronic diseases.

Adding to the caloric excess is an exercise deficit.

As a culture, we’ve gotten away from farms and moved to cities, adopting an indoor lifestyle that expends far fewer calories. Instead of walking, we ride in cars. Instead of running from tigers, we chase cursors around a screen. We have completely lost touch with where our food comes from and what goes into creating it. Our very relationship with food has changed, and not for the better.

Very interestingly Dr Mercola also points out how we have become addicted to the food stuff presented to us by the modern day producers of processed food . Every day you learn more, who would have thought that there are correlations between the tabbaco industry and the processed food industries as he points out here;

Processed food has become a multi-billion dollar industry that dangles the carrot of “convenience.” However, the price you pay for convenience is your very health and vitality. Hungry For Change exposes the dark side of the food industry’s marketing plan—namely, the addition of certain chemicals that secretly can get you addicted and make you a perpetual customer (they hope). You can probably already see the parallels with the tobacco industry that, in the 1960s, began increasing the nicotine level in cigarettes, which kept smokers coming back for more.

One example of an addictive food additive is MSG (monosodium glutamate), which is added to 80 percent of all flavored foods. MSG excites the part of your brain that’s in charge of your fat programs. MSG is what’s known as an excitotoxin, but it’s also used to fatten up mice for scientific study. Yes, MSG is the perfect obesity drug. If you want to achieve your ideal body weight and health, avoid MSG at all costs.

Dr Mercola also expands on what was said in the opening paragraphs of this post;

People of vastly different cultures and environments thrive on all sorts of diets, from high fat and high protein to high carbohydrate; some mostly animal products and others largely vegetarian. Yet, as varied as native diets are, most native populations have very low rates of chronic disease when compared with Americans and other Western cultures. Eskimos thrive on diets rich in animal fat and muscle and organ meats, but tropical natives thrive on abundant fresh plants, fish and fruit. Yet both cultures are healthy!

So what’s the common denominator?

Native diets consist mostly of natural, whole foods (whether plant- or animal-based) rather than processed foods that come in a box or a can. Americans are eating overcooked, overprocessed and chemically manipulated fake foods, instead of REAL foods.

Native diets, in general, are largely made up of whole vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and meats. Not cooked down, refined, dehydrated and reconstituted, boxed-up pretend foods that aren’t really foods at all. Eating wisely requires a gradual transition toward the consumption of natural, whole foods that are unaltered by a lab. The closer to nature a food is, the more nutritious it will be. A change away from the cultural “norm” won’t be accomplished over night. Start gradually. As good foods are added into your diet, bad foods will eventually be crowded out.

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Without being derogatory to our own upbringings It is perhaps pertinent, if you are at all concerned with your diet, that you look back at your own conditioning and knowlegde of the food stuffs you eat. Through education you can change your future and your childrens futures and on and so forth… to make for a healthier life and exiistence for all concerned from here on in.

So by asking your self How Can I Change My Diet, you are probably already on the road to doing so. By looking at your food belief structures and where they have come from will give you lots of clues. A little bit of studying will help enormously in acheiving your goal and so putting you on a path to a healtier new you. Juicing for change with the beneficial juice of raw foods  may be the way to go to break those bad unhealthy eating habits.

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Healthy Juice Recipes, What Does Lazy Town Produce ?

Lazy Town Promotes Healthy Drinks For Children! Are They Healthy Juice Recipe’s?

We are all for our children being healthy but are these drinks made using healthy juice recipes?  Is it great way to get your children drinking healthy juice or is it just ‘lazy’?

 

 

The Gerber Juice Company, under license from Turner broadcasting who now own the Lazy Town brand, will release exclusively in Sainsbury’s a series of juice drink products for children.  We are told:

“The Lazy Town range, based on the popular children’s TV show, is free from artificial sweeteners, flavours, colours and preservatives.”

Anything that helps children eat, drink and associate good health with fruit and vegetables is a good thing I’m sure you’ll agree (they are not making a juice with vegetables yet I should add).  The fact that such a brilliant program has been brought to the front to promote good health and promote products like this is no surprise.

The program makes great use of the concept of sports sweets (fruit) as a message to children with the good guy Sportacus dishing out ample helping of fruit throughout the show, and the bad guy Robbie Rotten disdainfully turning his nose up at it at every opportunity.  It serves as a healthy paradox against eating sweets and makes it a lesson that’s easily digestible and fun for children to learn at the same time.

So Does Lazy Town Use Healthy Juice Recipes!

According to Packaging Europe’s Web Site tells us this:

“Super Squash, a unique, natural squash which is available in apple and raspberry, pink lemonade and orange and peach.  The Super Squash has no stabilizers or preservatives and comes in a 1.5L carton which should be stored in the fridge after opening for up to 21 days.  When diluted it contains 75% juice, delivering the equivalent of one portion of fruit per 250ml serving.  The MRRP is £3.49.

100% natural smoothies in three flavours: strawberry and banana, apple and blackcurrant and orange and pineapple.  They contain oat fibre, which delivers slow release energy, and the equivalent of one portion of fruit per 180ml. The smoothies come in 4 x 180ml cartons which is the perfect format for packed lunches.  The MRRP is £2.69.

Fit Fruits, a juice drink that comes in three flavours: apple and blackcurrant, lemon and lime and orange and peach.  These are packed in 3x200ml cartons and contain 75% juice, which means they are lower in sugar than pure juice but still 100% natural and tasty for kids.  They also provide the equivalent of one portion of fruit per 200ml serving.  The MRRP is £1.49.

Water, this product directly supports the TV show in which Sportacus promotes drinking water to children.  Lazy Town water is available in 6x330ml packs.   The MRRP is £1.29.”

 You can read the whole article here

As purists of juice in its purist form we should point out that these juices will have been through the process of pasteurisation or similar to ensure a good shelf life of the product and storage once opened and kept in the fridge. These heat processes used do have some harm on the goodness value, which is sometimes incorrectly perceived in drinking juices of this kind. This is why ew ask if they are healthy juice recipes.

As with all food stuffs, they do go off and manufactures have only just found ways of preserving the nutrients, vitamins and enzymes so that most of benefits are still there when we buy it off the shelves.

In conclusion it should be noted that any form of education for children towards the benefits of fruit juices over fizzy drinks, cokes and other sugar based cordials etc is a step in the right direction in food education and for their development, and well being.

Nothing can beat fresh fruit and vegetable juice drinks that are made and consumed immediately. That way you can benefit from all of the wholesome goodness as well as create your own healthy juice recipes which is always fun to experiment with.

 

Juice Fast Plan To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse?

Juice Fast Plan To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse?

 

Juicing occasionally or going full out with a juice fast plan for detoxification is open for debate.

One thing becomes very apparent reading articles written on juicing and being on a juice fast plan, is that it does provide you with a good dietary intake of what is required for your body to function correctly. Providing it with a high intake of the essential vitamins, amino acids, nutrients and such like that our bodies cells need to have in order to function correctly.

Ok it’s common knowledge junk food with all the preservatives and other nasties don’t make for a good healthy existence and yet when illness sets upon us we are plied with chemicals to readdress the balance and so put us back on the road to health.

Are cause and effect linked here? Imagine the bodies system is just like a cars engine where if you don’t change the oil then the engine eventually will clog up and breakdown. Your body is no different with its various filters and moving parts, if the correct fuel and lubricants (food and fluids) are not used then you too are likely to suffer from the same demise. Then rather than visit the garage you see a doctor who gives you the required pharmaceutical equivalent of spare part or overhaul to get us back on the road to health.

juice-fast-planSo you may be thinking how does this relate to juice and a juice fast plan? Well just like if we look after our car and have it serviced and change the oil regally you can still become ill right? So surely what you put in is what you get out, continue with the junk food after you have regained health and you are likely to fall ill again. By using raw fruit and vegetables in juice or smoothie form you allow your bodies own system to run on only the best fuel you can give it. This is turn stops the build up of toxins and bad fats and thus allows the cells that you are made up of to function correctly.

By cleansing (detoxing) your body with juice or taking on a juice fast plan as a way of cleaning your body out, does seem quite sever and radical only because you are probably not willing to get used to the fact that drinking your food is the way to go. Are you set in your ways, so to speak? People, believe it or not are jumping on the juice diet as a way to gain more health and weight loss for their own benefit. Some are paying good money for purchasing juice cleanse products rather than juicing for them selves.

Here Are Some Truths About Doing A Juice Fast Plan.

by Melissa Valliant of HellaWella.com

“1. It’s dangerous for some people.

People undergoing chemotherapy, diabetics, people with nutritional deficiencies and people with kidney disease should not try a juice fast. The high sugar consumption involved in juice fasts can skyrocket blood-sugar levels in diabetics, which can result in fatigue, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision, excessive hunger and thirst, and wounds or infections that heal more slowly than usual.

According to USA Today, the high levels of potassium and minerals from excessive juice consumption can build up in the blood to hazardous levels in those with kidney disease. And the high levels of antioxidants and low levels of protein can be dangerous for those undergoing chemo.

2. Juicing is not better than whole fruits and vegetables. In fact, it removes some nutrients.

While the juice form does hydrate and supply nutrients, registered dietitian Jennifer Nelson says there’s no reliable scientific research to support claims that juicing your produce is healthier than eating it whole. Actually, the fiber and some of the antioxidants found in the skins and seeds of fruits and vegetables are often eliminated in the juicing process. For example, the white pulp in an orange provides flavonoids, but that’s usually left behind.

Because juice doesn’t offer the fiber contained in fruits and veggies, the body absorbs fructose sugar more easily, which can affect blood-sugar levels, according to Food Republic. If you do decide to try a juice cleanse, drink more veggie juices (carrots and beets not included) and limit fruit juice to one glass a day in order to avoid this potential side effect.

None of this means you shouldn’t drink juice. It simply means, instead of drinking only juice for weeks, a healthier route might just be including juices in a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains.

3. Juices are less filling than whole fruits and vegetables.

You’re not going to feel as satisfied and full if you drink your meals instead of chewing them, Livestrong.com explains. Additionally, the fiber that’s been left out of the juice would have helped slow consumption and make you feel more sated.

4. Juice fasts can leave out critical nutrients your body needs to function properly.

You should always be skeptical when a diet requires extreme restrictions and cuts out entire food groups. There’s a reason dietary guidelines include various categories of food: You can’t get all of your essential vitamins and minerals out of just one.

Livestrong.com explains that juice fasts frequently lack substantial amounts of protein and fat. “Few fruits contain significant amounts of fat and protein, and vegetables that contain these macronutrients — such as avocados, beans and lentils — do not lend themselves to juicing,” Livestrong says. “Without sufficient protein, your body has no raw materials with which to build new tissue. A lack of fat leaves your skin and hair in poor shape and contributes to malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins.”

Extend your juice fast, and you might just cause serious damage. Dr. Glenn D. Braunstein, chairman of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, says thatlonger fasts could result in electrolyte imbalances. Additionally, if you’re not getting enough calories, your body could start using muscle tissue instead of fat for energy.

5. Like most fad diets, a juice fast is not an effective way to lose weight and keep it off.

Will you lose weight? Probably — you’re cutting out all of the fat from your diet and drastically lowering your caloric intake. But you’ll most likely put it right back on after the fast.

“There’s nothing wrong with going on a juice fast for a few days,” said Dr. James Dillard, assistant clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, on WebMD. “But it’s not a great way to lose weight, because you’ll gain it all back — you yo-yo. It’s just like the Atkins diet. The weight you lose is water weight.” And Dr. Braunstein (of Cedars-Sinai) says this type of deprivation can also result in dizziness, nausea, constipation, fatigue and irritability.

Additionally, if you do this to your body enough, you could permanently lower your metabolism — as if it’s not tough enough to lose weight as it is. New York Times writerJudith Newman tried a juice cleanse and wrote about her experience: “This kind of cleansing puts a lot of stress on your body,” she wrote. “Your body wants and expects food. And as with most crash diets, which is really what this is, your body thinks it’s starving. It doesn’t know it’s going to get more food. So it lowers your metabolism, and if you do this enough, it can lower your metabolism permanently.”

Juice-fast-plan-to-go6. There isn’t really anything to detox.

Don’t get me wrong: A “detox diet” to rid my body of all the crap I’ve recently put in it sounds convincing, even to me. Who wouldn’t want to “cleanse” their body of all the chemicals, fat and alcohol they’ve consumed? The fact is, though, our body does an excellent job of this already; our liver, kidneys and intestines filter the unwanted things we ingest and expel them through urine, bowel movements, breath and sweat. We don’t need to punish ourselves with strict juice-only diets to eliminate the bad stuff.

People were talking about detoxification back in the early 1900s, according to QuackWatch. Supporters of the process claimed that “intestinal sluggishness causes intestinal contents to putrefy, toxins are absorbed and chronic poisoning of the body results.” Scientists abandoned this theory, though, in the 1930s, and these mysterious “toxins” that everyone keeps trying to get rid of have never been discovered.

“Our bodies are very good at eliminating all the nasties that we might ingest over the festive season,” said Dr. John Emsley, a chemical scientist quoted in the Washington Times in a story about the potential of detox diets to get rid of all the junk we put in our bodies over the holidays. The idea of detoxing our bodies by “drinking fancy bottled water or sipping herbal teas is just nonsense.”

7. It’s not cheap.

Juice cleanses are a business — a booming one at that. As of February 2011, the boutique cleanse segment was valued at almost $60 billion by Marketdata Enterprises. BluePrintCleanse, a popular New York-based manufacturer, will charge you $65 a day for its cleansing package of juices. Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery offers three different cleanse packages, each providing five juices and one almond milk for a total cost of $70 a day.

Want to juice at home? Get ready to put down some money. Juicers range from $30 to $300. And since you shouldn’t be saving unpasteurized juice for later, you might want to buy one for the office while you’re at it.

8. “But my friend did it and said she felt amazing!”

It’s true. Many people who try these detox diets report having more energy and feeling more focused. However, as Mayo Clinic explains, this could be due to the belief that they’re doing something good for their bodies.

That said, you could also argue that there’s nothing wrong with a placebo effect if it does the job. As the NYT writer who tried one of these cleanses wrote, “What’s so bad about feeling a little better, even if there’s no demonstrable proof that you actually are better?”

9. It’s not going to cure cancer.

Proponents of the juice fast claim it will cure your case of the sniffles and even treat cancer. There has been no scientific evidence suggesting it will do anything but help increase your vitamin intake — which, yes, could benefit your health, but the calorie restriction and lack of protein might actually slow healing. Your body needs all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it can get to heal. The best thing you can do with your diet is to make sure you’re not depriving it of an essential nutrient and eat balanced, well-portioned meals.

As for cancer, the American Cancer Society states that current scientific research does not support fasting (including juice fasting) to treat it. Additionally, as previously stated, those undergoing chemotherapy should not attempt a juice fast because of the risk posed by the high levels of antioxidants and low levels of protein.”

It seems that prevention is better than cure. By using a juice fast plan to initially cleanse your system and then keeping to a healthy diet, so you are getting the required proteins and fats, whilst still regally juicing seems the way to go. Although their is no scientific evidence to back up the health claims of juicing, people who do do it report having more energy, feeling more focused, feeling amazing to quote just a few!

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Get Up And Go For Juicing At Starbucks

Get Up And Go For Juicing.

Any person who juices will tell you, especially if they are the get up and go for juicing type, they miss their juices if the facility to juice is not to hand. For instance if they were on holiday or even out shopping and can’t get back to the juicer at home for what ever reason… Starbucks now has it covered.

Personally I am very happy to hear the news that the Starbucks coffee company is to lead the way in providing various juices to the masses, spreading the gospel of juicing far and wide through their coffee shops.

As a keen juicer of many years this really does illustrate to me the growing revolution of people taking their food intake seriously. ‘You are what you eat’ so to speak comes to mind. Get up and go for juicing at Starbucks way will be fantastic when they role it out to all their outlets.

Not only are the company helping our own internal environments they are helping our external one as well. Operating an eco friendly environment that is constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.

So we can now have fresh juice on the go and have your carrot cake and eat it!

Get Up And Go For Juicing.

In the article below, Marianne Duong from Evolution Fresh http://www.evolutionfresh.com/en-us/ explains how the company is now positioned to be a market leader.

“Four months after acquiring Evolution Fresh, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced the opening of the first Evolution Fresh™ store and the transformation of the brand’s look and feel to better reflect the pure, natural ingredients in each beverage and its strategic expansion and growth. The Bellevue, Wash. store opening and refreshed branding positions Evolution Fresh as a leader in the $3.4 billion and growing cold-crafted juice category and furthers its commitment to evolve and enhance the customer experience with innovative and wholesome products.

Health Meets Design Experience

Today’s opening of the first Evolution Fresh™ store introduces customers to a unique, premium juice and food experience. Combining fresh, natural ingredients with culinary and globally-inspired recipes, each order is personalized and handcrafted to create delicious offerings – including wraps, salads, soups and more. Evolution Fresh is also offering vegetarian and vegan offerings – to help customers get the most out of life, whether in-store or on-the-go.

The experience begins when customers enter the retail store. A captivating one-of-a-kind, patent-pending interactive juice wall displays educational and entertaining digital illustrations of juices and smoothies being handcrafted. As customers experience the store, they’ll be able to order personalized fresh hot and cold food items at the food counter or grab ready-to-drink beverages and food items to go.”

The good news is that the company are also providing other wholesome goodness foods that can also be purchased. Futher more their products will be distributed to retail chains in the future making it even easier to access your favourite juices when away from the home.

Here at Juice Junkie we will be keeping up with their progress and wish them every success. So if you need to get up and go for juicing, Starbucks has got your juicing covered.

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