With more and more people opting for healthy lifestyles and healthy eating, fruit and vegetable juices have become a must-have on most people’s diets. The health benefits of almost all fruits and vegetables are tremendous, and so with rasing awareness, people who were previously averse to eating whole fruits and vegetables, are now opting for the next best option – juices.
There are many brands of masticating juicers available today and one needs to read this review before deciding on which one will work best for you.
Juicing is a great method of having fresh fruits and vegetables. The liquid which is extracted contains most of the healthy nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that are found in the whole fruit or vegetable. Added to this, the number of fruits or vegetables required to make a 12-ounce glass of juice will give you the whole days’ worth of servings in one glass!
Numerous recipes that are readily available make juicing all the more enjoyable as one can experiment with various juice options and can even try out new fruits and vegetables.
How do I get the juice out of the fruits and vegetables?
The best way of extracting juice is by using a juicer. A juicer separates the fiber from the fruit or vegetable and extracts only the concentrated liquid, whereas a blender will process the whole fruit or vegetable, leaving you with a thicker smoothie.
What are my options for juicers?
While there are many different brands of juicers available, juicers are of two main types – Centrifugal and Masticating. Centrifugal juicers are generally smaller and cheaper than masticating juicers but the working principles of both are very different. Centrifugal juicers run at super high speeds, shredding and then spinning the food to extract the juice. They can be quite noisy and tend to warm the juice because of the high speeds at which they run.
Masticating juicers, on the other hand, run at a slow, steady speed and are less noisy.
Masticate means to chew, and as the name suggests, these machines literally chew up the fiber of fruits and vegetables, then strain the juice. Since the machine runs at a much slower pace, the juice does not get heated in the process. These juicers are therefore also referred to as cold press juicers.
How does a Masticating Juicer chew up fiber?
A masticating juicer has an auger (a drill bit with a rotating helical screw blade) which turns very slowly to crush, grind and squeeze the fruits or vegetables against the outside wall of the juicer. The dry, residual pulp is held by the filter which lines the sides of the walls while the juices are forced out. Since there are no sharp blades rotating at super high speeds, the extracted juice does not get heated and so the nutrients and enzymes are intact.
Why is a masticating juicer considered a better option?
One of the best benefits of a cold press juicer, is the higher yield of extracted liquid – on average these juicers will give you about 15 to 20 percent more juice. This is largely due to the slow process which extracts every ounce of the juice from the pulp.
It’s ideal for crushing greens like wheatgrass, spinach and soft fruits like berries and can be quite versatile in the kitchen to even grind coffee, mince and make sorbets, pates and sauces!
As mentioned previously, the nutrients and enzymes remain intact as the juice does not get heated during the process so it can be kept for a little longer. However, all fresh juices should be consumed immediately and not stored.
The juicer has a longer life than other juicers because of the slower rate of rotation of the single auger. There are not too many moving parts that will need replacement or servicing.
Are there any downsides to masticating juicers?
Besides being more expensive than the centrifugal juicers, these machines are a tad bulky and will need more space in the kitchen. They are also not the easiest things to move from one place to the other as they can weigh anything between 16 to 20 pounds.
This juicer can be quite tricky to clean and can take an average of about 15 -20 minutes to disassemble and clean depending on how dirty the parts are.
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