Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Juicer Recommendation

I've had at least three people ask me for a Juicer recommendation, so I decided to write a little about why I think the Hurom juicer is and awesome choice. Now, there is one that is better, if you'd like to spend about $2,500 (Norwalk) versus the approximate $350 of the Hurom. 

There are basically three types of juicers: centrifugal, press, and manual. 

Centrifugal juicers are commonly available in retail outlets and are the cheapest to purchase. These extract juice by pulverizing fruit and vegetables against a round cutting blade that spins very quickly against a metal strainer. The centrifugal force generated by this cutting apparatus separates the juice from the pulp, which drains away separately from the fibrous remnants.

They're noisy, produce less juice and don't work very well with greens. But most of all, because of the heat from the speed in which it operates, and the amount of air mixed with the juice during the process, the juice oxidizes very fast, and a significant amount of the enzymes and nutrients are destroyed. Food enzymes mixed with our digestive enzymes aid in digestion. 

Cold press juicers are superior because they operate by masticating or a chewing method. Instead of the rough extraction of centrifugal juicers, mastication or cold-press juicers compress fruit and vegetables to squeeze out their juice. The slower and more thorough extraction rates produce a high-quality juice, and more of it.

They are quieter, work well with greens, and produce less foam. But most of all the lower heat produces less oxidation and therefore they keep the nutrients and enzymes i tact. Ultimately, they simply produce more quality juice, and therefore will remain in better condition for longer. 

Manual juicers, like cold press juicers, provide a slow and gentle extraction that preserves the nutritional integrity of juices. However, they're slow, require some physical exertion, and often limited to certain types of fruit and vegetables. 

My Hurom I use daily and is likely the best cold press juicer on the market under $500. I haven't tried them all of course, but I couldn't be happier. Whatever you do, if you are going to take juicing seriously, get a cold press or manual juicer, not a centrifugal juicer. You'll simply get a lot of calories without many benefits.

Now, there is some pulp that you'll get with the Hurom, so if you're wanting immediate absorption of the nutrients, you may want to strain the fiber. When you drink juice without fiber, the nutrients go directly into your blood stream feeding your body cells within ten to fifteen minutes. And all this with no effort on the part of your body for digestion and assimilation. Therefore when I'm going a cleanse, I strain the fiber out of the juice. It is great for your digestive tract to be able to take a break.

So.... that's my take on juicers:)

I also wanted to leave you with a wonderful recipe:

Blend 2 bananas
Juice from 1 mango
Blend them both with some cilantro

This is probably my favorite juice. I hope you like it! 

1 comment:

  1. I've been looking into getting a juicer and this article was very helpful! Thanks :)