As everyone knows, today’s world is all about healthier life choices and any product that can help us achieve them faster. Healthier choices make for higher life quality, and all that leads to an overall happier experience. One of those choices that you could make is taking up juicing, because, as almost anything else nowadays, it has a couple of products that can help us make the task easier. Whether you want to achieve the end goal faster and take your glass to-go, or you want to make the most out of every grocery list purchase, regardless of the length of the process, there’s an option available for you. And this article is about two of the most known tools, a traditional juicer that works based on centrifugal speed, and its press alternative based on a meticulous crushing of every leaf or slice used.
What are the benefits of juicing?
For starters, juicing refers to the act of extracting the liquid from a fruit or a vegetable, either whole if the machine allows it, or sliced up when dealing with a hard pit or core. The end product, the juice, is an option that’s easier on the stomach for those who can’t deal with too much fiber, but still need the nutritional value of vitamins and minerals. Just remember to only make as much as you can take in one go to prevent having a needlessly spoiled batch, as this type of juice is supposed to be consumed fresh and fast.
The benefits of this practice are:
- A better immune system with reduced risk of disease (high blood sugar, high BP, digestive issues), thanks to the healthy nutrient intake, and an alleged lower cancer risk
- The addition of vitamin C (citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli) will increase the antioxidants in your body, giving you higher anti-inflammatory properties
- Higher energy levels when including vitamin B-packed foods (bananas, leafy greens, avocado), helping you reduce caffeine consumption
- A lower calorie snack alternative (depending on the ingredients you use and granted you stick to a consistent meal plan) that can help you lose a few pounds with time
- Great option to get vitamins for those who just can’t stand to eat a whole fruit or vegetable
What is a traditional Juicer?
The traditional juicer, also known as a fast or centrifugal juicer, is the one that has the basket and blade combination mechanism. After adding the food and pressing the start button, the basket starts spinning very fast and the blades also rotate to cut into the food items, separating the liquid from the solid, thus resulting in the juice in your glass. As you’ll frequently find is the case within a juicers comparison, the pros and cons list is quite equal when it comes to this type.
- Easily accessible as it is the most common – most store-bought fresh juices are made using a fast juicer
- It is the cheaper version – not an investment that you will worry about if you end up not using it much
- Gives you the end product much faster – works well if you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen
- Beginner-friendly process
- Generally easy to clean
- Juice can be used for cooking or other heat involving activity in the kitchen
- Those with wider tubes allow for certain whole-sized products (citrus fruit, apples, and other options without hard cores or pits)
- Takes up very little countertop space thanks to its upright position design
- Shelf life of only 24H
- Because of the centrifugal speed, the machine produces heat, which in turn affects some of the nutritional properties (up to 15%)
- Heat also means oxidizing of some of the nutrients, the presence of foam at the top, and quicker separation
- The high speed also translates into not every bit of juice is extracted, leaving some in the pulp that will be discarded
- Noise levels can be similar to those of a blender, depending on the food that is processed
- A higher amount of fiber can slip through with this process
- Leafy greens and wheatgrass aren’t processed as well
- Nuts or seeds are ill-advised with this type
What is a Cold Press Juicer?
The cold press, also known as slow or masticating juicers, have a mechanism made of certain types of rotating gears with a slow movement, during which the foods are crushed to bring out the liquid in them. Here are the pros and cons afferent to this process:
- Shelf life of 3 to 4 days
- The slow speed at which the cold press works means less to no noise
- No heat or oxidization (keeping the nutritional aspects intact)
- Minimal separation with less to no foam
- With this process less liquid is wasted
- Less pulp slides through, so digestion is easier
- Can process nuts and seeds
- Pricepoint is higher
- Process takes longer to complete
- Can be annoying to clean
- Needs bags to hold the fiber
The bottom line is that both options are good, but it all depends on your personal preference. For a quicker and more accessible way go traditional, and for higher efficiency and nutritional value, choose the cold press. Regardless of your choice, at the end of the day you’ll get a great, healthy treat, made in the comfort of your own house.