Our theme for this month, as well as most people’s new year’s resolution, is focused on health after the festive indulgence. We think that the juicer is the perfect source of inspiration for all so trade that glass of bubbles for a glass of fresh fruit or veg juice packed full of goodness!
Selecting the right juicer can be confusing. Some juicers extract nutrients better than others and produce a juice that will last for longer, while others are multifunctional and can even make ice cream. It all depends on what you are wanting to do with your juicer.
Here is our quick guide to get you up to speed with the different types of juicers and help you choose the best one for you.
The centrifugal juicer:
This is the most common and generally the most affordable type of juicer. Fruit and veg is pushed down a chute into fast, spinning blades. The fruit and veg is ground to a pulp and the juice is extracted from the pulp through the centrifugal force.
- They are fast and there is little or no prep that needs to be done beforehand as fruit and veg can be added whole, or roughly chopped.
- They are more affordable.
- They can juice more hardy fruits and veg.
- The spinning blades cause heat which can damage the enzymes in the juice.
- They are noisy.
- They do not juice grass or leaves effectively.
- The juice does not last as long because the high speeds of extraction cause oxidation.
Cold-press juicers – masticating juicers:
The fruit and veg are crushed and then pressed, breaking up the plant cells. They generally extract more juice then the centrifugal juicer from the same amount of food and extract more fibre, enzymes vitamins and minerals.
- They can juice any fruit and vegetable, including grasses and leaves.
- They operate at slower speeds which produces less heat, resulting in less damage to enzymes, although the slower speed might be considered a downside to some.
- The slow speeds also increase the shelf life of the juice.
- They are more versatile than centrifugal juicers and can make baby food, pates, nut butters and even pasta!
- The price. A masticating juicer is more expensive than a centrifugal juicer.
Try to mix and match different fruits and veg to find flavours that you like. This will ensure that you get a variety of nutrients in your diet.
We know someone who used to put garlic in their morning juice!