Homemade Juice: Which Type of Juicer is Best?
By Lisa Pecos
March 19, 2012
If you follow trends in natural health, you are probably well aware of the homemade juicing craze that has been sweeping the health world over the last decade. And there is good reason for this trend. Consuming fruits and vegetables in juice form has some proven health benefits, and for many people there is a simple joy in juicing that makes it akin to cooking. It makes a great hobby, and when you consider the health benefits, juicing is a no brainer.
The health benefits
Juicing helps. Depending on what type of juicer you use, the fruits and vegetables are shredded or crushed to extract the liquid, along with many of the nutrients. And in liquid form, the materials are much easier for the body to digest. Some elements still simply pass through the body, but a much higher percentage of the nutritional content is absorbed.
Of course, there are also some potential drawbacks to juicing. For one thing, many types of electric juicers get warm during operation, and the warmth can kill some of the nutrition. Also, it is thought that overoxidation-resulting from the bubbles that are a byproduct of the juicing process-kills nutrition as well. And then there is the fact that juicing can be work-intensive, requiring lots of preparation time along with cleaning. If you love juicing, though, the time spent is a joy.
Which juicers are best?
That is why many hardcore juicing enthusiasts use masticating juicers, which operate in a completely different manner from centrifugal juices. Rather than shredding and spinning the materials, masticating juicers crush and press the fruits and vegetables with tremendous force, in the process wringing out and catching all the internal moisture along with its nutritional content. Although masticating juicers use heavy force, they do not have the high RPM of centrifugal juicers, so they do not overheat and hence do not heat the juice.
Many people who love juice consider masticating juicers good enough, but there is one even more efficient category of juicer that many people use: twin-gear juicers. These are similar to masticating juicers, except they use a two-stage process, first crushing the fruits and vegetables and then pressing them. And well-built twin-gear juicers minimize oxidization much better than masticating juicers. When you combine this with the lack of overheating, juice produced in a twin-gear juicer is a fresh and nutritious as possible-and it stores well, too.
In the end, if your main goal is to make juice out of citrus and other soft fruits, than a relatively cheap centrifugal juicer is probably all you need. But if you want to get serious about it, trying different fruits and vegetables and making varied and creative concoctions, it is better to go with one of the more advanced types of juicer. Twin-gear juicers are the most expensive and can be difficult to maintain, so a masticating juicer is a good choice for most people, especially newcomers to juicing.