Juicers these days do not simply serve a functional purpose. With more sleek and stylish designs available, the juicer on your counter top can even be a conversation piece. Juicers are also like your personal nutritionist or doctor if you know how to utilize it fully. You could be too busy to have a proper meal or perhaps, you simply need an energy booster on a lazy afternoon. Whether it’s for meal replacement or getting that extra boost in energy, a glass of freshly squeezed juice is bound to revitalize you while delivering the nutrition that your body often lacks.

Recover from cold or flu faster by juicingOn days when you are feeling under the weather, you could also pop some fresh fruits and vegetables into your juicer to gain the natural healing benefits of fresh produce. The vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and various trace elements in fruits and vegetables heal and restore our body. For instance, if you are nursing a flu or cold, you could juice a concoction of 3 lemons, 1 orange, and 2 ounces pineapple with a quarter cup of black currants. Alternatively, you could go for a veggie juice of 3 carrots, a quarter bunch of spinach, 1 beet and half a cucumber.

The nutritional value of both juices and smoothies is almost identical. However, the preparation of each beverage requires a different machine. To make juices, you need to use a juicer whereas a blender will suffice for smoothies. In juicing, the juicer separates the pulp from the juices and you drink the juices without the heaviness of fiber. If you are drinking smoothie, you take in both the juices and fiber of the fruit. This explains why smoothies are more filling and are often consumed at breakfast.

Juicers shopping need not be a confusing affair even if you are buying a juicer for the first time. Consumers these days are spoilt for choice given the variety of brands available in the market. Generally, juicers can be classified into two types – centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.


Juicer Machines

A centrifugal juicer operates by centrifugal force – fruits and vegetables are fed through a feeder chute which leads to a rapidly spinning blade. Juices and pulp are separated in the process, with the juices running into a juice jar while the pulp is ejected into a separate container or retained in the machine, depending on the design of the juicer. The advantages of centrifugal juicers are speed, convenience and ease of cleaning. It is one of the most affordable juicers in the market and is widely used in most households.

A masticating juicer operates at a slower speed than a centrifugal juicer. Fruits and vegetables are crushed between rollers at high speed to create a paste of juice and pulp, followed by pushing through a wire mesh to extract the juices. Masticating juicers produce more juice and better preserve the fruit and vegetable nutrients in the juicing process. Certain types of masticating juicer also double up as a food processor, making it worthwhile for your investment.

Buying a juicer is a long term investment and it pays to do your research before parting with your buck. What are the considerations in getting a juicer and blender? What other equipments are needed to complete my juicing kitchen? Which is the best juicer for my budget? You can get all these information in the section ‘Which Juicer’.

And, you wouldn’t want to miss our Juicer Reviews if you are planning to buy a juicer.

If you are clueless about where to start in juicing, head straight to ‘How to Juice’ for advice on pre-juicing preparation such as:

  • How to select fruits and vegetables for juicing
  • What fruits and vegetables should I juice?
  • Should I remove the skin of fruits and vegetables for juicing?
  • And much more…
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