Juice the Rainbow for Health


Simplistically, the characteristics of fruit and veggies that give them their different colors also work to keep our bodies healthy and strong. These properties differ greatly depending on the color itself, so it is helpful to “juice the rainbow” in order to reap the greatest benefits. By grabbing veggies of many different colors, you also work to keep your juicing experiences fresh and interesting while expanding your palette.

More Than Green Juice

Many juicerheads came to the game after watching “Fat,Sick, and Nearly Dead.” Throughout this film, it often appears as if the only thing that Joe Cross  (the creator of the documentary and the lifestyle) drinks is green juice. Cross shared his recipe for “mean green” after the film, and what many took from the film is that they could live on mean green and stay healthy and lose weight. This is not the purpose of the film and is in fact a dangerous belief. For best results, juicerheads should simply supplement their diet with juice and should vary widely in the types of produce that are being juiced.

Colors of the Rainbow

There are five main colors in the produce rainbow: green, orange, red, purple, and white. Greens include leaves of every type, kiwi, celery, and artichokes. Oranges include pumpkins, apricots, butter squash, and lemons. Reds include apples, tomatoes, strawberries, beets, and rhubarb. Purples include blackberries, blueberries, eggplant, and grapes. Whites include cauliflower, garlic, fennel, white peach, jicama, and bamboo shoots.

Lean Towards Higher Nutrition

When selecting your produce, you should try to include a green in most of your juices, as greens have the highest nutritional content. Kale and spinach are the two greens with the highest nutritional values of all produce, but you should still vary your greens and get some broccoli, zucchini, and sprouts into the mix. Have fun trying different things and tasting the rainbow.