Centrifugal vs. Masticating Juicers
Centrifugal juicers are the most common type of juicer you see in stores and on TV. A centrifugal juicer spins at high speeds and during the spinning motion, the vegetables that you have put down the chute have their juice forced away from their pulp. This juice then pours into a juice jug. The process is quick, and the clean up is easy. Remember, the goal is to become an "Everyday Juicer", and so the fact is that you need a machine that will enable you to fit this process into your current lifestyle makes this the KEY factor in determining which juicer to get. This is why we recommend this type of juicer for anybody that is concerned about the time it takes to juice and then also clean up. With the right Centrifugal juicer, you can accomplish both of these in under 15 minutes. Also, if you are on a budget, these juicer's tend to be less expensive. You can get either of the (2) we like for under $200, and as low as $59 during sale times.
Masticating means to chew, to grind or knead into a pulp. Your teeth are an excellent example of mastication in action. Your teeth chew and grind food. After you swallow, the food then goes to your digestive system which, through the process of digestion, begins to extract the juice from the food you eat. Much in the same way, a masticating juicer grinds vegetables and literally squishes out the juice. Since a masticating juicer works at low speeds and with no spinning action, it tends to juice many vegetables very efficiently. These juicers tend to be more expensive than their Centrifugal counterparts but great new ones like the Juicepresso machine have made the time that it takes for you to juice with them is almost the same and the clean up with this machine (pictured to the right) is VERY simple. These machines are sometimes referred to as "slow juicers", but the technology has caught up and they really are not that slow. The one challenge is that the chute on most of these juicers is normally smaller, and so you need to spend more time breaking apart the various veggies and fruits before you can put them down the shoot. But with a cutting board and the right knife, this maybe take 2-3 minutes. I will say that the yield you get from this machine based on the same amount of vegetables is about 30% more than any other juicer, and the pulp is MUCH dryer which makes sense, as it means that more juice was squeezed out.
Some say the high speed action of a centrifugal juicer produces too much heat which then can damage or possibly kill the enzymes in the juice. But there is no clear scientific or nutritional analysis out there to neither confirm nor deny this statement. Personally, my Masticating Juicer of choice is the Juicepresso, and the two juicers that I am recommending are very high quality centrifugal ones, and there is no heat that I can feel when I touch the motor or machine. Regardless of which juicer you go with, I highly recommend that you drink the juice that you make right away each day, or at most store in a Mason Jar and keep for 12 hours or so. This negates the theory that you are losing nutrients through oxidation. It all comes down to deciding what is the system that can work for you, to enable the frequency needed to realize the many health benefits that comes from consistent juicing.
Remember, it does not matter WHICH juicer you use, as long as you are juicing!
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