Why Should I Juice? What Are The Benefits?
Surely you have heard about the benefits of juicing by now, and maybe you want to start incorporating juicing into your life.
Or, perhaps you already juice but are confused about what sort of juicer yields the best results for your pocket, your health, and best fits into your lifestyle.
Well, if you haven’t started juicing yet, I would recommend that you do! Juicing really enhances your health, and can result in everything from clearer skin to significant weight loss.
This is because when you drink juice, highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes rapidly enter your bloodstream; absorbing all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables.
Juicing in effect takes your digestive system out of the equation and allows all that good stuff in the fruit and vegetables to directly absorb into your body.
What Type Of Juice Should I Drink?
When we talk about juicing for health, pre-made, bottled, store bought juices are definitely out! Bottled juices are pasteurized which means they are heated and processed, which can kill vitamins and minerals.
Many store bought juices are also full of sugar and preservatives. Nothing is as healthy as making the juice yourself or buying from a juice store that freshly presses the juice in front of you.
To get the most benefit out of juicing, you should aim to make juices that are predominately vegetable based. It is okay to add some fruit too, for taste and balance, but try to keep the ratio around 80% vegetables and 20% fruits.
This is mostly to do with the sugar content of fruits, which is okay when they are consumed whole with their fiber; but could lead to spikes in blood sugar if overdone in juices.
A good staple recipe and one of my favorite is a ‘mean green’ juice.
Recipe as follows: (makes around 1 liter)
- 2 Green Apples
- 1 Lebanese Cucumber
- Half a Lemon
- A Knob of Ginger
- 4 Celery Ribs
- 6 Kale Leaves
Juice and enjoy!
Which Sort Of Juicer Should I Use? Is a Masticating Juicer Worth the Money Or Is a Centrifugal Juicer Just As Good?
Home juicers can cost anywhere between $30 and $500. How much you spend on your juicer depends on several factors.
Generally speaking, centrifugal juicers, where the juice is extracted using a high-speed rotating blade, are the more reasonably priced type of juicer.
The advantages of these juicers, besides the cost, are that they are very quick, and you usually don’t have to spend as much time prepping the produce before juicing.
The disadvantage of using this type of juicer is that because of the high heat generated by the centrifugal action, some enzymes in the juice can be compromised.
Usually, the yield from the produce can also be less than with a masticating juicer. They are also pretty noisy!
Masticating juicers are generally more expensive, but this extra cost can at least partially be offset by the fact that you get a little more out of your fruits and veg.
The idea here is that the juicer ‘chews’ the produce to extract the juice. These juicers are also quieter than the centrifugal ones. However, they are still pretty noisy.
A disadvantage for me is that you need to spend a little time to chop up to produce quite a lot, and the juicing itself can be quite slow.
However, the yield is generally better in volume and also the consistency is better. The Juice from masticating juicers is good for up to 72 hours after juicing too, as opposed to 48 hours with a centrifugal juicer.
I have used both with good results, although nowadays I prefer my masticating juicer to the centrifugal one.
Whichever method you choose to go with, I recommend the Breville Juice Fountain Plus for a centrifugal juicer or the Kuvings Silent Juicer as an excellent choice of a masticating juicer.
You can check price of both on Amazon, here:
Happy juicing! 🙂