The beauty about juicers, unlike blending, is that they take all the fiber out of our fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. This leaves ALL the energy to be extremely bioavailable and ready to be absorbed by the body within 15 seconds! This can only happen if we skip the digestive process that the fiber requires to go through. Juicing is great for beginners because most people are not used to the high amounts of fiber a high raw food diet has.
2 different types of juicers:
1) Spinning or centrifugal juicers use a high speed spinning blade that turns at 10,000 to 15,000 RPM’s to separate the fiber from the juice.
2) Masticating juicers feature an auger which turns at 80 to 100 RPM’s, crushing and squeezing against the outside wall of the juicer the fruits, vegetables and leafy greens.
As you can see there is a big difference on the speed or RMP’s between a centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer, yet in this case faster is not better. The high speeds of centrifugal juicers cause oxidation which means that the juice won’t last more than an hour, usually 30-40 minutes before all the living enzymes die out. So when you are using a centrifugal juicer it is best to drink the juice as soon as you make it. On the other hand a masticating juicer takes the pulp through a press at a lower speed thus avoiding the effect of oxidation. What does this mean? Simply that your juice will last longer, up to 3 days when refrigerated. Another advantage that the masticating juicer has is that the pulp comes out much drier meaning that you are getting more juice out of your produce. Plus masticating juicers tend to juice effectively leafy greens, while centrifugal juicers tend to do a poor job when it comes to juicing kale, spinach, lettuce or other leafy greens. This fact alone is often a decision breaker because leafy greens are one of the most beneficial things to juice.
Now that you know the key differences between a centrifugal juicer and a masticating juicer the million dollar question that I get asked the most is “What is the best juicer?” And my answer is “The one you can afford and will use the most.” Yes, even though there are major differences and benefits when it comes to different types of juicers, price is often a determining factor. Do not be discourage if you cannot buy the “best” juicer, because juicing with any type of juicer is better than no juicing at all.
For those serious about juicing I am going to recommend some of the most popular and “best” juicers that would get the job done for a juice fast or simply adding juices to your lifestyle.
This was my first juicer and it does a great job. At a great price the Jack Lalanne PJP Power Juicer Pro is one of Jack’s finest juicers. What I love about this juicer is how fast it is, from making the juice to cleaning it up, you can have your juice ready in just a few minutes.
The Breville Juice Fountain was made famous by the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This amazing and stylish juicer by Breville is very simple to operate and its powerful 850 watt motor can easily grind pretty much any type of produce that you push down it. With a wide opening or “big mouth” it can take large pieces of fruit and vegetables without the need to cut chop them, it can take a whole apple in just a few seconds! This juicer is very easy to clean and you can have your juice in no time. Another great feature is that it has two speeds: 12,000 RPM to grind hard vegetables and fruits or 6,500 RPM when you need to juice delicate fruits or leafy greens. All the parts are dish washer safe which is a great plus. Just make sure you put them in the top area of your dishwasher as the high heat from the bottom could be too much.
MASTICATING JUICERS REVIEW:
This is the juicer I currently own and I love it. The Omega VRT350HD is one of the best juicers on the market. Its compact size doesn’t take up much counter space. The best feature from the Omega VRT350 is that it turns at only 80 RPM’s. This slow rotation speed ensures that the enzymes and nutrients are not damages by the process and allows you to store the juice for up to 72 before the oxidation process begins to take place. The Omega VRT350HD is very easy and fast to clean and all its parts are heavy duty so it is considered commercial grade (great for heavy juicers or those who plan to do a long juice fast).
Juicing leafy greens like kale is a piece of cake with this juicer, making it one of the best all-around choices. When you are juicing your produce there is no need to push down because the juicer actually “eats” them up and self-ejects the pulp. The Omega VRT350HD is extremely quite when compared to centrifugal juicers so you can make juices early in the morning without waking up your family or even the neighbors.
A few tips will come in handy if you are planning to get this juicer. First make sure you chop your produce, especially when juicing leafy greens, celery and sometimes big carrots. By doing this you will avoid the juicer getting stuck, which is one of the most common complaints with this juicer. Another tip is to strain your juice before drinking as the Omega VRT350HD does tend to leave some pulp, but once it’s strained get ready for an amazing fresh juice.
Update: Recently the Omega VRT400 HD came out with noteworthy improvements and features.
TWIN GEAR JUICER:
This is the mother of all juicers and pretty much the only juicer you will ever need. It can pretty much juice anything, from all kinds of fruits, vegetables, hard roots and even leafy greens like wheat grass, this juicer yields the most juice and the least pulp. The Green Star GSE-5000 contains everything you’ll need for easy juicing and food processing. Green Star Juicers feature an exclusive low-speed, quiet and heavy-duty Twin-Gear impeller press system that operates with minimal noise, friction and heat, preserving even the most fragile nutrients. HD Twin-Gear juicing technology produces higher juice yield and enhances the nutritional value of every drop.
This is a multitask juicer that can be used to make your favorite nut butters, baby food, pasta and even frozen desserts! It has a slow RPM of 110 that ensures a nutrient and enzyme dense juice. Plus it comes with a 12 year warranty. The Green Star GSE-5000 is the "latest" twin gear machine, excellent for the price. Quality of juice is far superior than centrifugal and masticating juicers.