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December 14, 2010 on 10:40 pm
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Everyone loves a quiz, especially when the results give a brief glimpse into your soul. This isn’t exactly a quiz, but it is a fun way to break down the different types of juicing machines on the market today and determine what type fits best with your life.

Here are the juicer types on the market today and a brief introduction to their personalities.

Which ones remind you of yourself? Which ones have a personality that blends well with your…

  • Budget
  • Expectations
  • Standards

All three of these things are important when picking out a home juicer because you won’t be happy if the machine doesn’t meet all of your expectations and deliver juice that fits your standards for health and nutrition. Of course, you are always bound by your budget!

Without further ado, meet and mingle with your juicing options…

The Centrifugal Juicer

Hello! I am the most basic juicer on the market. I am perfect for juicing newbies because I am usually the most affordable type of juicer on the market. I can work with most fruits and vegetables, but not all, and can often juice up larger pieces of fruits and vegetables than many other types of juicers can handle. That means I am a bit faster and won’t make you do a lot of chopping. I have to admit it means I often have a big mouth, especially if you go with a whole fruit juicer.

My speeds typically range from 3600 RPM to 13,000 RPM, so you can see I am quite fast. I am usually very easy to use and cleaning me is a breeze since many of my parts love splashing through the dishwasher.

No one likes to speak poorly of themselves, but since I have a big mouth I’ll give you a tip: I ‘m not the best choice for working with leafy green vegetables, but I sure taste yummy!

I may be your dream come true if you are on a tight budget or want something very simple to use. Sadly, I won’t meet your expectations if you like juicing wheatgrass and other leafy greens or if you want the richest juice possible, I give it my all.

The Masticating Juicer

Step back and watch me in action! I’m the masticating juicer and I am long, lean and packed with muscle. My genuine personality shines through when you pick up a Champion juicer, but there are also some versions of me that use other processes that work a bit differently. They still get to use my “”masticating” title, but the Champions resemble my genuine charm.

As a single gear juicer I crush open fruits and veggies, smashing the crushed veins against a screen to squeeze out the wholesome goodness your body craves. In Champion form I use a three phase process to flex my muscle and pulverize almost any fruit or vegetable you throw my way.

Despite my muscle and forceful charm, I am also be quite tall and slender like the Omega Vert 350 juicer. I don’t take up a lot of kitchen space and am easily stored away when you don’t need me. Unlike the centrifugal juicer I operate at a slower pace, allowing my muscle to do the work rather than relying upon speed. Due to this slow nature my juice is less foamy and contains a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals because oxidation doesn’t occur when you take it slow.

One other difference between me and the centrifugal juicer is my juicers won’t be completely smooth unless you run it through a sieve. I may leave small bits of pulp with some fruits, but it’s nothing a quick filter won’t fix and frankly if you’re serious about the sport this is what it takes!

Oh yeah, and there is a dual stage masticating juicer…it’s a different side of my personality! I push my muscle further to squeeze out even more juice after smashing the pulp against a screen. The Omega Juicer 8003 juicer or the Tribest SoloStar-II Juicer SS9002 are great examples of my flexing power in action.

If you want a reasonably priced juicer that contains a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than the centrifugal juicer can produce, I’m your man! You can consider me the middle of the market, though with these smoking guns I consider myself worthy of any kitchen counter.

Part 2 coming soon.

September 6, 2010 on 1:09 am
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The Federal government has released a lot of information over the past several years about the link between eating fruits and vegetables and the reduced risk of developing coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

One such study released by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has released 2009 determined that consuming five servings of fruits or vegetables every day lowers your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 12%.

Of course, the easiest way to get those five or more fruits and vegetables a day is to start juicing!

There is also a growing movement of cancer patients who are using juicing as an alternative therapy for their disease. Many claim to have completely cured their cancer just by juicing, with many consuming a diet more consistent with a raw food lifestyle.

How could juicing possible cure cancer? It is a realistic idea once you realize that the tough fiber walls in many vegetables prevent some of the powerful vitamins, nutrients and enzymes from getting into the body. A good fruit and vegetable juicer will break down those tough fiber walls so the nutrients in the juice are easily assimilated into the blood stream where they are distributed throughout the body. That’s when it has the most power to affect your overall health, whether it be fighting off cancer cells or boosting your metabolism and reducing your risk of heart disease.

Getting Started

Healthy juicing is a way to give your body the enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients that it needs to function properly and fight off diseases and illnesses. Once you get started you will find that you don’t get minor sicknesses as often as you used to and that you have tons of energy that you were missing before.

No matter how you feel about yourself right now, things are going to change! Juicing can be the single factor that changes your life forever, but you have to do it correctly. If you go too fast too soon you are likely to get discouraged and give up, so take it slow. Start where you are right now and add juice to your daily routines and meals.

Juicing Equipment

Juicing does require the purchase of a good juicer, but there are so many on the market today that you will be able to find one within your budget no matter how low it may be right now. Look for a good centrifugal juicer if you want something economical, but springing for a masticating juicer that works well with leafy greens like wheat grass and spinach should be your ultimate goal.

Don’t think of this as a hard stop to your life as you know it now and an immediate start to do something new. It’s a fresh beginning that has the power to change your health and other aspects of your life s well, but you can’t let that overwhelm you. Think of it as making gradual process toward a healthier life and focus on how much better you feel with each step you take.

You can also purchase juicers that function as food processors as well. This makes them a better investment since you can make healthy frozen desserts, baby foods, and a variety of other products with the same machine you create your juice in. A juicer like the Omega 8006 juicer or a Green Star juicer.

So whatever you decide to do for yourself, please don’t delay getting started.

Juicing is a sure way to gain the health you want and need to stay strong and free of disease.

August 7, 2010 on 5:51 pm
Vegetable Juicers

There are three basic types of fruit and vegetable juicers and within those, many design variations, so there is certain to be one which will fit into your lifestyle and budget.

All juicers separate the pulp from the juice; the difference is in the way that separation takes place and how much of the vitamin and mineral goodness of the fruit is retained in the juice.

A Twin gear juicer typically extracts the most goodness, and gives the highest juice yield. It will process most fruits and vegetables including wheat grass and other green, leafy vegetables and with the addition of attachments can often be used to make other healthy foods; pasta, peanut butter, and baby food.

A Masticating juicer is not as efficient as a Twin Gear juicer; but the masticating juicer can still handle a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as wheatgrass and other leafy greens, and has the advantage of being generally less expensive than the twin gear models.  Some models can also function as a food processor making it easy to create more meals from scratch and avoid the additives in processed foods.

A Centrifugal juicer is the least expensive model of the fruit and vegetable juicer on the market, but has a lower yield from most fruit and doesn’t work very well on leafy green vegetables, wheat grass or herbs. Because of the high speed of these juicers, many consider the juice produced to be of inferior quality to that produced by a twin gear or masticating juicer.

Fruit & Vegetable Juicers