Juicers by Guide4Home
Centrifugal, Masticating, Wheatgrass and Triturating Juicers
Juicers have become a popular sight in many American homes as people become more health conscious and the idea of making delicious summer fruit drinks is a tantalizing way to get healthy. Most people have compromised intestines due to bad eating habits and as a result the body has difficulty absorbing nutrients and vitamins from the fruit and vegetables. Juicers predigest fruit and vegetables which makes it easier for the body to absorb more nutrients and vitamins. Juicing also enables you to consume more portions of fruit and veg than you would normally eat on an average day which makes it easier to consume the recommended daily amount. And of course, nothing beats a good cocktail made from freshly squeezed fruit juices!
The juicing industry has become big business and as a result there are a lot of juicers on the market which can make choosing the right one difficult. The best way to start is to know the different types of juicers available so you have a good idea of what you are looking for. There are four types of juicers:
Centrifugal juicers - These use centrifugal force (spinning at high speed) and a sieve like bowl to retrieve juice from the pulp of fruit and vegetables. They are the most popular type and in fact most juicers sold in department stores are centrifugal types. Centrifugal juicers are usually fairly effective at retrieving juice from most fruits and vegetables but they are not really very good for extracting juice from leafy greens such as wheatgrass. The biggest problem with these is that the high speed produces heat and causes oxidation to occur which can destroy some of the nutrients.
Masticating juicers - These are single gear juicers that 'chew' the fruit or veg breaking them up and releasing most of the juice. Generally speaking these are more efficient than centrifugal juicers and because they operate at far lower speeds they also preserve more of the nutrients, vitamins, enzymes and fibers ensuring you get the full benefits. They are also extremely versatile machines effective in extracting juice from wheatgrass and other leafy greens as well as being able to homogenize foods. This means these juicers can be used to make baby food, sauces, pates, fruit sorbets and even rice cakes.
Triturating juicers - These are basically masticating juicers with a double rather than single gear mechanism. They have all the same benefits, including being extremely versatile in its uses, the main difference is that they are generally the most effective type of juicer available. This does, of course, make them the most expensive range on the market.
Wheatgrass juicers - Made exclusively for extracting juice from leafy greens such as wheatgrass and some can also be used to juice soft fruit like grapes.
Don't just pick the cheapest model but at the same time don't necessarily go for the most expensive either; your choices should be based on quality, performance, price and your own personal needs. If you only intend on juicing some fruit once or twice a day it wouldn't be worth spending a fortune on a masticating juicer when a cheaper centrifugal would do. All good quality juicers are quiet, easy to clean models with a good reputation for producing plenty of juice.