Cold Press Juicers
As you are probably aware, we have never been so surrounded by so many food choices ranging on one side of the spectrum, the healthy choices that promote inner wellness, better nutrition and abundance of vitamins, to other side of the spectrum, with processed foods that are loaded with artificial additives, that damage our cell membrane and make us addicted to poor food choices, that not only causes bad eating habits, but also play a major contributor to obesity, health problems, inflammation and even more serious health issues.
When done properly, juicing can be a fantastic way to supplement your diet and ensure you’re giving your body everything it needs to work efficiently and stay healthy. Remember, drinking fruit and vegetable juice isn’t a replacement for these foods – you should still try to eat at least two fruits and four servings of vegetables each day.
What do I need?
If you don’t have a juicer, you can use your blender to achieve a similar result – just be sure to add a little water to keep your juice from getting too thick. However, to fully enjoy the many benefits of juicing, you might want to invest in a new appliance for your kitchen.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a good juicer, but the more expensive ones do come with some added conveniences. Since they can often process the entire fruit – including the rind, core, and even seeds – they can spare you having to chop up your produce before running it through the juicer. Check out the width of the juicer’s chute to get an idea of how what size of produce the machine will be capable of processing.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that your juicer should be easy to clean. A good juicer should have removable parts that are simple to assemble, so you can quickly take it apart and clean it out after use – and put it back together easily before you use it again. Although some models claim to be dishwasher safe, the heat from the dishwasher can cause the plastic pieces of the juicer to become distorted and impossible to fit back together.
The three most common types of juicers are masticating, centrifugal, and triurating. Each of these comes with their own pros and cons, so it really comes down to finding a juicer that fits your lifestyle. There really is no one best juicer to suit everyone.
Masticating juicers work slowly, with a rotating auger that crushes produce into a mesh screen. Juice is released through this screen, and pulp is collected in a separate container. This process results in less oxidation, meaning that juice created through this machine doesn’t need to be consumed immediately.
These can be found in two styles – with a horizontal auger or a vertical auger. This type of juicer will require some pre-cutting, especially for more fibrous greens or dense vegetables like carrots or beets. They do have a bit more of a learning curve, but will yield a lot of juice.
Centrifugal juicers work similarly to the spin cycle on your washing machine – produce is shredded and spun to separate the juice from the pulp. While some machines do come with a container to catch the extracted pulp, if you plan to make a large batch of juice you will likely have to take it apart to remove the pulp at least once during the process. The juice produced from this machine will also be quite oxidized, meaning you will need to drink it within fifteen minutes of making it.
|Centrifugal Juicer||Slow Juicer|
|Nutrient Retention||Not so great. The high-speed spinning creates some heat, which can break down nutrients.||High. This process produces no heat, thus maintaining more of the ingredients’ nutrients.|
|Ability To Process Leafy Greens?||Less efficient. Far less of the juice is able to be extracted from greens.||Quite efficient. Great for fans of green juice.|
|Ability To Process Nuts?||No||Yes — great for making your favorite almond or cashew milks|
|Noise Level||As loud as a blender||Very, very quiet (you can hear the television while you’re juicing)|
|Speed||No advantage — the two juicers, run side by side, juice at the same speed||No advantage|