What Are The Best Juicers To Buy On The Market in 2015? Here is Our Selection
A juicer is likely, but not necessarily, to be one of the more costly products you buy for your kitchen.
At Health Ambition we are big fans of juicing and so we decided to create The Ultimate Guide to the best juicers to buy on the market in 2014.
Confused about the different types of juicers on the market ? Not sure what the difference between centrifugal, masticating and triurating juicers are?
Want to know which is the best type of juicer for your specific needs? Or maybe you just want a straight up and honest product recommendation. We’ve got you covered.
Our experts put together years of combined experience to explain:
What Juicers Actually Do
Lets start with the absolute basics. You may be asking what exactly a juicer does and what it’s for. These are valid questions, and the answer begins with the simple maxim that not all juicers are created equal.
That is, not all serve the same function, and there is no one-size-fits-all juicer. Getting the right one for you requires a little investigation, which is why we wrote this guide.
There are a few different types of juicers on the market in 2014, each serving different functions and different preferences. All juicers, however, will turn solid fruit and vegetables into a drinkable liquid and extra the dry pulp. They take your normal-looking vegetable, fruit, or herb and reduce it to its nutritious essence.
Impact on Health
A juicer works by using a tool - either a blade or an auger (more on that later) -to break down your food into two parts: juice and pulp. The juice gleaned from this process often contains most of the healthy vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients present in fruits and vegetables.
The reason juicers have become so popular is that consuming liquids as opposed to solids can have multiple beneficial effects on your diet. For one, you can drink more than you can eat, thereby allowing you to ingest more of those nutrients on a daily basis.
Secondly, the extraction of the good stuff from your produce while leaving the pulp behind cuts down on your caloric intake, which is why juice diets are often recommended as weight loss treatments.
The Fiber Factor
In general, drinking the juice of a plant (fruit or vegetable) provides the same health advantages as eating it whole. You get most of the same health benefits from drinking your strawberries as you do from eating them.
The difference in fiber intake, however, is one thing that distinguishes liquid consumption from solid consumption. The lack of fiber in the juice can be either an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on you and your diet.
Obviously, fiber is a necessary part of any diet, and you miss out on it when the juicer extracts it (they stay with the pulp). On the other hand, excluding fiber can be a welcome relief to some digestive systems.
Modern diets of processed foods often result in overworked digestive systems. Juicing can provide much needed relief to our digestive systems while still bringing the benefits of consuming fruit and vegetables. If this sounds like you, juicing can be a fantastic alternative method for getting essential nutrients.
Factors To Consider When Buying a Juicer
Just like with any purchase, you’ll want to do some research before making any final decisions about which juicer will be gracing your kitchen in the near future. Here are some important things to consider when conducting your juicer research.
The Big Three: Centrifugal vs. Masticating vs. Triurating Juicers
Health Ambition's Pick: The Best Juicers On The Market Per Category
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with all this information, but you think you know at least vaguely what type of juicer you want, perhaps we can help you out with a few recommendations. The following are some juicers, of each category, that we would suggest looking into.
Other Juicing Equipment
Aside from these types of juicers, there are a few other appliances that serve specific juicing functions that you may want to consider looking into.
Is it good or bad to eat the pulp?
Eating the pulp is absolutely fine! Most people throw it away or compost it but it’s perfectly edible. Most of the good-tasting parts have been extracted, as well as much of the food’s nutrients, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with the pulp if you don’t feel like wasting food.
Do you have to peel fruit before juicing it?
In most cases, no. Apples, pears, and even pineapples can be put into the juicer as is without any peeling. The skin of citrus fruit is often bitter, so you should probably avoid adding that if you want your juice to taste good. If your fruit is non-organic, you may want to consider peeling it so as to keep pesticide and chemical preservatives out of your juice.
Can I store my juice and drink it at a later time?
This isn’t really a good idea. The main reason is that the nutritious enzymes present in your freshly-produced juice began to degrade after juice a few minutes. If you put your juice in the fridge and drink it later that day, you’ll have lost some of the benefits of having juiced your food in the first place.
Is there such a thing as too much juice?
Yes and no. No, it’s not unhealthy to drink the same juice every day - particularly if you’re sticking to basic fruit and vegetable combos that are undoubtedly healthy. However, since juicing is often associated with weight loss, some people forget to consider the fact that freshly-squeezed juice still has a great deal of calories. It’s preferable to starting your morning with a croissant and a bagel, but just because you’re drinking juice doesn’t mean you can’t gain weight or consume unhealthy amounts of sugar.
Why is homemade juice better than bottled juice?
It might be tempting to forego juicing altogether in favor of the so-called “fresh-squeezed” juices you find at your supermarket. But fresh homemade juice gives you so much more. As alluded to above, the juice you make will have enzymes and nutrients that deteriorate if not consumed right away. No matter how local the juice you buy, it will never be as healthy as the juice you make. Not to mention all of the sugars and other things that get added to bottled juice. When you make juice at home you know exactly what’s in it. That’s what makes it rewarding. That’s what makes it juice!