“Juicing” was not a common term around Provo until Mend Juicery emerged at The Shops at Riverwoods.
Mend co-owner Stephanie Niccoli and her partners saw the need for a cold-pressed juice method in this area. “We want to provide healthy options to our community,” Niccoli said. “The typical person doesn’t even eat the amount of fruits and vegetables in a week that is in one bottle of Mend juice.”
“Juicing is a familiar concept in many areas of the country,” Niccoli said. “We decided it was time to provide our area with that opportunity to gain healthy nutrients in their diets.”
The cleanse is designed to let a person’s digestive system rest and to flush the toxins from processed food out of the body.
Niccoli gave an analogy to show how processed foods affect the body. “If you have a car that takes premium gas, you wouldn’t give it low-grade gas because you know you’ll have engine problems down the road,” Niccoli said. “Too often we compromise our own fuel for our own bodies and don’t give it the nutrients that it needs.”
Mend Juicery has one-, three- or five-day cleanse options. It also provides custom cleanses for those who request longer or custom-style cleanses. The Entry Level is recommended for beginners to juicing, but the A-Team cleanse option is the most popular among customers. The MVP is the most advanced juicing option the store provides, which is the most intense detox because of its high-green content.
Caitlin Stewart, a recent graduate in the Provo area, is grateful to have discovered Mend Juicery. “I really loved how the cleanse made me feel afterward,” Stewart said. “My cravings for unhealthy food diminished, and I was able to make healthier choices because of that.”
Five pounds of produce goes into each 16-ounce bottle of juice. The product contains no additives or preservatives. “Most juice companies’ products have a longer shelf-life of about two weeks,” Niccoli said. “Our juice is unpasteurized, which keeps the original nutrients, and they only have a shelf-life of a few days.”
Mend Juicery also provides “seasonal” juices, which contain produce that is fresh and in season. These concoctions change frequently and usually sell out quickly.
Dr. Laura Beth Brown, a nutrition professor at BYU, explained the benefits and disadvantages of juicing. “Juicing does not make the produce better for you,” Brown said. “Oftentimes the juicing process can take away some of the essential nutrients of a fruit or vegetable. However, if someone would either drink produce in a juice or have no produce at all, then juicing can be a beneficial method for daily nutrition.”