Juicers and Blenders

Juicing offers many health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Drinking fresh juice helps us adopt healthier eating patterns. For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, incorporating fresh juice can be a fun and different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight targets.

How does it work? Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. While fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting nutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fiber persists into the juice. By removing the fibers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquid form, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables.

Efficiency is key.
High Juice Yield with a dry Pulp. An efficient juicer produces dry pulp which means that most of the juice have been squeezed out for you to drink. If your pulp is wet and heavy then the juicer is not doing its job well. You can always re-juice your pulp by running it through the juicer again, but a good quality juicer will save you this added step.

One of the most common questions people ask is “What’s the difference between juicing and blending?” You might think the difference is obvious – but it turns out there’s a lot of confusion about the two and many people believe they are juicing….. when in fact they are blending.’

Juicing: the machine extracts the juice (this is the water and most of the nutrients the produce contains) and separates it from the pulp.


 

 

 

Blending: Everything is mixed in one container, there is no left-over pulp. Blenders pulverize the whole produce to make a smoothie.


 

 

 

Centrifugal Juicers
A spinning basket shreds the fruits and vegetables using a sharp disc, pushing the juice through a fine strainer by centrifugal force. Perfect for anyone new to juicing, making juices quickly and budget shoppers.

 

Pros:
Easy to use.
Juices quickly.
Inexpensive.

Cons:
The juice may get foamy and thus oxidize more rapidly.
Some leafy greens can be a little harder to juice.
These juicers cannot juice wheatgrass, sprouts, or nuts.

 

Masticating Juicers

Also known as Slow Juicers or single Gear/single Auger juicers. Masticating juicers “chew,” or masticate, your vegetables and fruit by grinding and then squeezing the juice out. Perfect for people with a moderate-to-high budget for a juicer and those who juice frequently.

Pros:
High juice yield and less pulp, from my experience; these juicers are ble to extract almost double the juice compared to the faster centrifugal juicers.
Generates less foam so juices oxidize slower
Can juice most fruits and vegetables including wheatgrass, cranberries and even nuts
Some can be used to make baby foods, pates, sauces, nut butters, banana ice creams and fruit sorbets

Cons:
More parts to clean and are more difficult to clean than a centrifugal juicer.
Longer prep time – stringy, fibrous vegetables need to be chopped into smaller pieces before juicing to prevent clogging the juicer.
Higher price than Centrifugal Juicers

Philips slow juicer

In summary:
Purchase a centrifugal juicer if you’re new to juicing, you’re on a budget, you don’t want to spend a lot of time juicing.
Purchase a masticating juicer if you juice often and you’re able to spend more money on an efficient juicer.

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