Get the Best Juicer for Delicious Home Juice
Fresh Juice Machine Buying Tips:
Usage – How often you plan to use your home juicer should be the first thing you determine. Are you juicing for yourself or an entire family? Will you be running the juicer a maximum capacity every day, or only juicing every now and then? Determining how often you plan to use your juicer is important. If you are a frequent juicer it may be worth spending a little more money to get a quality juicer that will last. Our juicer reviews focus on quality, as well as warranty, customer service and the ability to obtain replacement parts, if needed.
Cleaning – How much time do you want to spend cleaning up after juicing? Are any parts of the juicer dishwasher safe to save on clean up time? How many parts of the juicer are there to pull apart and clean up after you’ve finished juicing? Needless to say, no one likes to spend time cleaning up and some juicers are easy to clean than others. We’ll let you know how many parts there are to wash, whether they are dishwasher safe and how easy clean up should be with each juicer review.
Type of Juicer – Juicing specific fruits and vegetables such as celery, kale and wheatgrass are very different to juicing apples and oranges. Decide what types of juices you are most likely to make before looking for a juicer to buy. This will help you determine the best juicer for your needs. We’ll also discuss throughout our juicer reviews the best types of fruits and vegetables to juice in each machine.
Juicing Guides & How To
Why Juicing is Good For You
There are many advantages to eating fruit and vegetables raw. Water-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin C) are destroyed by heating, so there will be less vitamin C in a cooked carrot than in a similar raw carrot.
But for some nutrients, juicing is more nutritious, because it makes the nutrients more easily absorbed by the body. Juicing breaks down tough fibers and allows the natural digestive juices of your body to work more effectively on the fruit or vegetable. This is particularly important for someone who is elderly, ill or who has impaired digestion.
The use of fresh fruit and vegetable juices in both normal and therapeutic diets has long been established as a great aid to natural health, energy and well-being. The high mineral and nutrient content, combined with the vibrant life-energy of fresh fruits and vegetables, makes pure, fresh juice a wonderful part of a healthy person’s diet.
In no other way can one consume the nutritional content of, for example, a pound or two of apples and carrots (in a glass) and then go on to eat a healthy breakfast. Fresh juices are an invaluable supplement to any person’s diet. Indeed there are therapies that rely almost entirely on the power and nutrition available in juices to rid an ailing body of serious illness, even cancer.
The body is stimulated by such concentrated goodness to throw off negative, pathological cellular deterioration and regain excellent health. Making fresh juices from your own juicer provides you with the same live enzymes that are available in raw fresh fruit and vegetables. These fresh raw foods give us more energy and sparkle than cooked, ‘dead’ foods, and ‘dead’ juices that have been sitting in a container on the supermarket shelf for days, weeks or even months.
This energy (from the freshly made juice) is concentrated, and you feel it as soon as you drink it. It can clear your head and make you feel light and energetic. In order to extract juice from fruits and vegetables, it is necessary first to break down the cell walls and fibers and then separate out the juice.
Ideally, a top quality juicer should deliver a nutrient-rich juice on the one hand and a dry pulp of cell walls and fibers, on the other. Masticating juicers and twin gear juicers are the best option for this.
A centrifugal juicer merely grates fruits and vegetables with tiny sharp blades, leaving strings of unbroken cells. The juice from the cells that have been broken is then spun out at very high speed (6,000 to 10,000 rpm). Because the juice is flung out, it mixes with the air and so oxidizes (turns brown) quickly. The pulp usually remains very moist, because the process has not extracted all the juice.
Masticating juicers provide richer, more flavorful, nutritious juices. They are altogether more ‘serious’, although more expensive, but should be considered to be an investment in good health. They more thoroughly break up fruit or vegetables, and press out the juice from the resulting pulp inside a nose cone with a narrow opening. This is far more efficient than centrifugal action. A good masticating juicer will extract up to five times more nutrients than centrifugal juicers.
Masticating juicers use use a single auger or twin gears, revolving at 80 to 160 rpm, to more gently crush smaller pieces of fruit and vegetables. They are especially useful for juicing tough fibrous greens and wheatgrass (a powerful healing natural tonic). Many masticating juicers will also make smoothies, purees, nut butters, pasta, baby foods and frozen fruit ice creams.