When I wrote out my goals for 2015, one of them was to eat better. Eating better simply means improving the quality of foods that I put into my body. One of the ways that I have considered doing this is juicing. There are so many amazing health benefits that come along with juicing, as well as the fact that juice tastes DELICIOUS!
That is probably why there are so many juicers out there on the market! So I had to ask:
Which is the Right Juicer for Me?
Juicing has an array of incredible health benefits that can transform the way your body looks and feels, but reaping the benefits of juicing starts with the right equipment. In its simplest form, a juicer is a device that separates the meat and pulp of the fruits and vegetables from their juices while leaving their vitamins, minerals and antioxidants intact. However, each machine accomplishes this task in a different way, and aspects of their operation may make one type of juicer more suitable for you than another.
A centrifugal juicer is a common type of machine that usually has an upright, cylindrical profile. These extract juice by grating fruits and vegetables into small fragments, then spinning them around in a high speed rotation chamber to allow the juice to escape from the pulp. Centrifugal juicers are faster at making juice and typically feature wide inputs to allow juicing of larger fruits and chunks.
The central drawback to a centrifugal juicer is that its operation style is limited in effectively juicing leafy greens. They are also not as efficient as other juicer types at removing all juices, and so they produce wetter pulp. The aeration necessary for its function also may produce foam in the finished juice and speed up oxidation, which can change the appearance or flavor of freshly prepared juice.
Another common type of juicer is the masticating juicer, which uses an agitator to crush and grind fruits and vegetables, extracting their juices while separating the pulp. Masticating juicers perform much better than centrifugal juicers at extracting leafy greens and perform the job more thoroughly overall, resulting in drier, more spent pulp.
However, masticating juicers also have some limitations, including smaller inputs that require foods to be chopped into finer pieces before processing. Masticating juicers also take longer to completely extract juice. Additionally, masticating juicers are frequently more expensive than centrifugal juicers, but usually last longer and have more comprehensive warranties.
These juicers function similarly to a masticating juicer, but instead use two interlocking screw-type agitators to extract juices even more thoroughly. They run the slowest of all common machines, but also extract juice most effectively for maximum nutrient delivery. Triturating juicers are widely acknowledged as the best pure products on the market, but their high price point, more involved operation and maintenance level makes them a less popular choice.
Which is for me?
Unfortunately, there is no universally superior juicer that will be ideal for every user, but a few central factors can help you determine which one is the right choice for your kitchen. One of the most important is what fruits and vegetables will most commonly be processed by the machine.
For instance, the most popular juicing staples such as apples, beets, carrots and citrus fruits can be easily processed in any quality juicing machine. However, if you more frequently utilize leafy greens such a spinach, lettuce and kale, you may want to consider investing in a masticating or triturating machine.
Juicy fruits such as; pineapples, kiwis, mangoes and most common berries, can be difficult for centrifugal juicers to process. However, despite their minor limitations a centrifugal juicer is the best overall choice for a beginning juicer looking to stick with the most familiar flavors. More advanced juicers who are likely to experiment with leafy greens and exotic fruits will be much better served with a masticating or triturating juicer.