Juicing is a great way to get more nutrients in your body. As an athlete I have loved juicing and getting a variety of fruits and vegetables into my diet every day. By juicing you are able to consume way more fruits and veggies into your diet than you normally would by eating alone.
Choosing the right juicer is very important and there are several different options to choose from.
Centrifugal Juicers are the most common type of juicer you will see in stores. A centrifugal juicer spins at high speeds and during the spinning motion the vegetables and fruits you have put in the chute are ground down to a pulp. The spinning motion forces the juice away from the pulp which then drains into your pitcher. Centrifugal Juicers work best for harder fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots. These juicers tend to be less expensive than the Masticating Juicers however you will need to spend more on produce than you will for Masticating Juicers. Is the Breville Juicer a masticating juicer? I believe for most Breville’s the answer is no.
Masticating juicers are great for leafy vegetables suchas wheatgrass, spinach, parsley, cilantro, kale, Swiss Chard, etc. While a centrifugal juicer can juice green leafy vegetables, the centrifugal juicer is nowhere near as efficient as a masticating juicer in this regard. Masticating Juicers work using an auger. The auger turns at 80 to 100 rpm compared to the centrifugal juicer which turns at 10,000-15,000 rpm. The slow auger is like a drill bit or screw. As it turns it crushes the fruits and vegetables squeezing the juice out through a screen and into your pitcher.
Masticating juicers produce more tasty juice because they produce less water and a better yield of juice from your produce. This is great as we all know how much organic fruits and vegetables can cost.
Advantages to the masticating juicer is it produces 20% more juice compared to the centrifugal juicer. You also don’t need to worry about the rise in temperature that can occur in centrifugal juicers which keeps the enzymes and nutrients at a temperature they can survive at.
I prefer the Masticating Juicer even though it takes longer, I think it tastes better and offers more nutrients.