A juicer refers to a machine or a tool that is used for the purpose of extracting juice from vegetables, fruits and of course herbs in a process known as juicing. Centrifugal and masticating are the two common types of juicers that exist in the market. Fresh juice is important for you because it contains rich nutritional benefits.
The centrifugal juicers function by shredding juice or ingredients from the pulp through the use of a flat cutting blade with triangular protrusions that are raised and sharp. In a simple way, as the name of the centrifugal juicer probably suggests, the extraction of the juice is made possible because of the power of the centrifugal force.
The working of the force in extracting juice is comparable to how a washing machine usually spins for the purpose of extracting water from clothes that are wet.
Advantages of a centrifugal juicer:
- Are commonly available in stores and therefore are owned by a number of people.
- Easy to clean especially after use.
- Are generally cheaper but there are also other types which are more expensive.
- Are easy to use, you simply assemble and you are ready to make fresh juice.
- Because of the high-speed rotation, juice output is fast.
Does a centrifugal juicer destroy enzymes?
One of the common disadvantages associated with a centrifugal juicer is that it tends to destroy nutrients. Is a centrifugal juicer bad? To answer the question it is important to note that opinion is sharply divided on that front.
Some take the claims that centrifugal juicer destroy enzymes to be myth while others seem to consider the claims, no scientific evidence supporting that, as absolute truth.
Max Gerson even with his respected Gerson Therapy is considered among the prominent people that have largely contributed to the claims about a centrifugal juicer oxidizing enzymes. The claim has always been that centrifugal juicers high-speed friction tends to heat the enzymes in the produce (vegetables and fruits and subsequently kill them. On the other hand, others claim that the high speed tends to tear the molecules of the enzyme apart.
For those who consider such claims to be pure nonsense, their reasoning is that for the centrifugal juicer to be able to kill enzymes then the heat of the resulting juice should be above the temperature of the blood and frankly no usual centrifugal juicer does that. Furthermore, published research by Dr. Donaldson showed that juice produced from various models of a centrifugal juicer has enzyme activity that is quite significant.
Moreover, others point to lack of scientific evidence proving that a masticating juicer is better compared to a centrifugal juicer as the reason. Therefore the claim about a centrifugal juicer destroying nutrients is considered just a marketing trick used by those who sell masticating juicers.
One thing about masticating juicers that may be true is that since they usually work slowly in producing juice, unlike centrifugal juicer, they tend to give juice that is better and more. The pulp obtained from the centrifugal juicer is often still very wet.
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Because of the slow working of the masticating juicer, it will be able to thoroughly extract juice from the flesh and maybe it is because of this thorough extraction the reason why the juice produced from a masticating juicer will be richer in nutrients. But I must point out the fact that any possible differences in the quality and quantity of the juice produced from a masticating juicer will not be huge compared to the juice produced from a centrifugal juicer.
Therefore if you want to buy a juicer, there are more important things that you should be able to consider apart from the quality of nutrient produced which remains a contentious one. These things include your budget, time for juicing, what you will be juicing, durability and noise level. For example in terms of durability, you would want a juicer that is able to stay longer in a working condition and therefore give you more value for your money spent.
In conclusion, generally, centrifugal juicers are cheaper and therefore are widely available in the market. Of course, you can get more expensive models of the centrifugal juicer and also there are a number of expensive masticating juicers.
Additionally, if you don’t have the patience or time in extracting juice then a centrifugal juicer will come in handy as they work much faster apart from being easy to clean. In addition, some juicers are able to handle even the difficult parts of a produce like guava seeds while others cannot.