Juicing was what introduced me to raw food. It all started with me taking supplements for my acne. I know from before that zinc, magnesium, vitamin E and B5 were good ones, but taking all those pills on a daily basis is not my ideal. So the idea of juicing started!
Why not juice the fruits and vegetables that contains the above and so much more?
It won’t only improve my skin but my overall health – One glass of reddish keeps the blemish away!…? Okay, so I don’t know how good reddish is for your skin, but you get the point.
The Benefits of Juicing
There’s a lot of benefits of juicing, one of which are: you get a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Things you would never touch because of the taste can now easily go down your throat without any chewing!
It also helps your body absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Juicing will help with “pre-digest” the vegetables, so you’ll receive the absolute amount of the nutrition, rather than having it flushed down the toilet!
If you’re having difficulty eating five fruits a day, this will solve it!
There’s about four types of juicers out there: Centrifugal, Masticating, Upright Masticating and Twin-gear.
Unsure on which one is right for you? I’ve done an easy breakdown for you!
These are the most common and most affordable juicers on the market. They work at a high speed and are great in juicing most fruits and vegetables quick and easy. Some of them have large feeding cuts which make it easy to just throw in a whole apple. This is a great juicer for those who are beginning to juice and don’t want to do a big investment and those who don’t have a lot of time on hand. They are also very quick to clean.
It’s a loud machine, and even though it can do most fruits and veggies it doesn’t do well with wheatgrass and other soft fruits and leafy greens. Another thing is their high speed, they often work at 700W which makes it approximately work at about 6000RPM (spins per minute). The more spins the more air is introduced into the juice which cause faster oxidation. So when juicing with a centrifugal remember to drink up your juice almost instantly, it can be stored in a bottle for up to 6-7 hours, but the longer you wait the less nutrients will be there.
These ones use an auger with a blade that literally chews the fruits and vegetables, which breaks up the cell walls of the plant and extract the juice with enzymes, vitamins and minerals – just like your jaw would do only better. They work at a slow speed, about 40-80RPM to avoid making foams and heat, which means more nutrition in your glass! Because of this you can store your juice up to 48 hours! The Masticating juicers can handle most type of foods and are especially great with wheatgrass and leafy greens. And because they run in a slow speed they don’t make a lot of noise.
They are slow so making a juice will not take three seconds. And the price is often double to that of a centrifugal. They’re heavy and take up space.
Vertical/Upright Masticating Juicer
These come with the same benefits as regular masticating juicers. These juicers work by first extracting the juice through a crushing stage and, before the pulp is ejected, it is then squeezed during a second pressing stage, which results in more juice, and extremely dry pulp! And because they are upright they take up minimal counter space.
Just like a regular masticating juicer it takes time to juice, heavey and most time somewhat expencive. You may need a strainer, some of the pulp will follow through, but other than that this one is the most versatile juicer on the market and can do practically any fruit and veggie, even wheatgrass. There’s models who can do nut milk and butters too.
Twin/Dual Gear Juicer
These are the Rolls Royce of the juicers and they come with a hefty price tag but also with most benefits. These work with two interlocking meshing gears which press the foods between them. They work at an even lower RPM, resulting in even less oxidation. Extracting higher yields of juice from all kinds of fruits and vegetables, leafy greens and herbs; the pulp that comes out of this one is the driest of all types of juice extractors. It can also make baby food, nut butters, fruit sorbets, and many include accessories for making rice cakes, pasta, bread sticks. The twin-gear juicer is mostly for raw food enthusiasts and for those thinking about opening their own juice bar for these will deliver you the highest quality of juice.
Expensive and takes up a lot of space.
Whatever juicer you choose you have to think about what you want it to juice, what’s your budget, lifestyle and how invested you are. There’s nothing wrong with a centrifugal, having a juicer is better than none.