Juicing is such an easy and effective way to get more vitamins, minerals and enzymes into our body. The juice is much more easily absorbed than if we were to actually eat the fruit or vegetable, which let’s face it to try and eat the equivalent would be an arduous battle every day. I can’t recommend juicing enough. Even if you were to only have time to introduce one or two a week, it is better than nothing.
A recent study has shown that simply drinking fruit and vegetable juice three times a week reduces the risk of getting Alzheimers by 76% so imagine the difference it could make to your health!
Here’s just a few benefits of juicing:
- Increased energy levels
- Floods the body with much needed nutrients in super quick time
- Improves focus and concentration
- Helps improve skin conditions
- Alongside a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, it can promote weight loss
So the next question is, “What Juicer?”
Researching the internet can be a little confusing so here is a simple description of the two types of juicer available to buy; Centrifugal and Masticating
Centrifugal juicers tend to be cheaper because basically they don’t do the job as well. The blade spins at a high speed forcing the juice out and the pulp into the collector at the back. There tends to be a lot of wastage with these juicers as it does the job so quickly, it doesn’t actually extract as much as the masticating juicer so you end up with a lot of pulp. It also thought that the heat from the machine can damage the enzymes in the juice making it less nutrient-dense. The juice also tends to separate and shouldn’t be left to sit before consuming. The centrifugal machine is noticbly much noisier than the masticating juicer.Typical example of a Centrifugal Juicer
Masticating juicers work by chewing the fruit slowly and quietly taking more enzymes, nutrients and juice from the fruit or veg that is being juiced. They literally squeeze the juice out so there is very little pulp and what pulp there is, is bone dry. Juices made in a masticating machine don’t tend to separate, they last longer and most can juice wheatgrass which centrifugal juicers are not able to do. Masticating juicers can juice greens such as kale, swiss chard and spinach effectively which a centrifugal juicer cannot do very well as the blade spins too fast for it to extract the juice.
If you are serious about juicing and getting the most out of it, I would definitely recommend a masticating juicer. Yes it is more expensive, however it is likely to last you forever. They also tend to come with 5 or 10year warantees. The centrifugal will be much cheaper but because of the speed at which the motor runs, it is more likely to burn out with a lot of use and will come with a shorter warantee period.
But if you are reluctant to spend so much of your hard-earned cash on a machine you’re not sure you’ll use that much, then get a centrifugal juicer and see how you go – it’s better to have a less nutrient-rich juice than nothing at all.
If you’re wondering what juicer I use, I have the Juiceproducer KT100 which is the first vertical single auger machine which I like to use for juicing my greens. I also use the Matstone which I really love because it’s super easy to clean.. I had to get used to cutting the veg smaller and having to push everything down with a tamper (whereas the Juiceproducer just pulls it down) but it is saves me loads of time as I never have to scrub it clean which makes all the difference.
Although it is not advertised that they can, masticating juicers can make nut butters and frozen sorbet. Check this out:
You should go for whatever is affordable and what you feel would be best for you as only you know how much you will use it and what you want to get from it.