Plant-based drinks with Press Healthfoods
In celebration of World Health Day, we spoke to the cofounder of plant-based juice company Press Healthfoods to highlight the nutritional value of cold-pressed drinks
Words by Anastasia Miari
Though the technology for cold-pressed juice has been around since 1983, the industry didn’t get going until 1996 with Liquiteria – the world’s first cold-press juice bar – in New York. It took even longer to make its way over the pond, with Foy and his partner, Georgie Reames, bringing the concept back to the UK in 2014.
‘There wasn’t this culture of health-food consumption in the UK, specifically around juicing, at that stage,’ says Foy. Now, the global cold-pressed juice market is estimated at US$6.3b and it’s set to grow by 10% in the next five years.
Made by using hydraulic pressure (equivalent to five times the pressure of the deepest ocean) at a cooler temperature to squeeze out every drop of juice, cold-pressing uses the entire fruit or vegetable and retains freshness. While other juices are heat pasteurised (causing nutrients to diminish over time), cold-pressing ensures that the fruit (or vegetable) in its liquid form remains as ‘raw’ as possible.
'You preserve 95% of the nutritional value when you cold press'
Ed Foy, cofounder of Press Healthfoods
Another obvious benefit of a cold-pressed juice is its convenience. A bottle of Press Healthfoods’ Lean Green comprises spinach, celery, kale, cucumber, romaine, ginger, and lemon. It squeezes half a kilo of vegetables into just one bottle and you can sign yourself up to a subscription, which means it’ll arrive direct to your door. It also lends itself to a generation of on-the-go breakfasters who want to feed themselves something more wholesome than a croissant from Pret. Improved immunity, gut health and glowing skin are just some of the benefits of switching to cold-pressed juice, and it’s why the market is growing.
The emphasis is on education around nutrition. Visit the blog and you’ll find articles breaking down macronutrients, or posts discussing the links between diet and sex. They’re putting emphasis on consumers as individuals and acting as data-driven AI nutritionists.
‘It’s about giving people the tools to understand their bodies, understand how body composition effects quality of life, and then helping them reach their goals’ explains Foy, leaving us desperate for a set of smart scales and a bottle of Lean Green.