By: Tiffany Riley
Soon after midterms, first and second year students had the opportunity to participate in AIMRx’s first ever Juicing Workshop. The event was held on Monday, October 13, 2014 and was open to a lucky 36 students who were randomly selected out of the 80+ students that applied.
Prior to the event starting, the AIMRx team came early to prep the fruits and vegetables and get the space organized. The workshop featured a total of 2 juices and one smoothie. To start out the event and get the students full of energy, the Power juice was demonstrated. The ingredients included kale, grapes, cucumber, apples and water. After the second year co-chairs demonstrated the juicing in the front and covered the respective properties of the ingredients, students were able to try a sample of the freshly made juice and even try their own smoothie version at the various blending stations in the lab.
Next up was the Berry smoothie, hosted by first year project managers Remy and Jenny H. The Berry smoothie featured delicious blueberries, bananas, milk and honey; a sweet treat packed full of antioxidants!
Last was the Detox juice, which was demonstrated by the first year co-chairs. Detox turned out to be a velvety red juice containing beets, carrots, ginger and apples. The ginger definitely gave the juice a kick, and some pharmacy students were able to try beet juice for the first time!
All in all, AIMRx’s first ever Juicing Workshop was a success. The students at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences were able to learn more about the pros and cons of juices and smoothies. In addition, the workshop covered several potential food-drug interactions (ie: warfarin and a high intake of Vitamin K from juicing, especially from green-leafy vegetables), as well as the potential risks juicing may have on diabetic patients. Juicing fruits allows one to intake higher than average levels of sugar into their diet in a rapid amount of time and patients with diabetes should be aware of this. Although juicing is generally viewed as healthy, there are potential risks involved and those interested in juicing should consider these prior to adding this to their daily diet.
At the end of the workshop there was a raffle, and giftcards were given out to a few lucky students who were able to attend.
The AIMRx team would like to thank the generosity of Dr. Wagner for allowing us to use the Barker laboratory space and Dr. Rogan for advising us during our workshop. This event would not have been possible without their help.
We hope to see those pharmacy students who were unable to attend this event at future Juicing Workshops!