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Centrifugal or Masticating Juicer

Updated on March 5, 2013
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Which juicer is right for you ?

Getting the right juicer to meet your needs is one of the things that will make the difference between you making juicing a permanent part of your lifestyle or simply a trend that you will soon lose interest in. For most people who juice at home their choice of juicers comes down to choosing a Centrifuge or Masticating juicer. Understanding the differences between the two types of juicers will help you decide which juicer is right for you.

How the Juicers Produce Juice From Produce

While both Masticating and Centrifugal juicers cut the pieces of produce into smaller pieces the way they extract the juice is quite different. Centrifugal juices extract juice while using a spinning motion while masticating juicers squeeze the juice from the produce by using a chewing motion. Due to the type of extraction Centrifugal juicers can heat the juice destroying some of the nutrients and enzymes and in some cases resulting in less taste.

Do keep in mind that enzymes from fruits and vegetables are destroyed at about 100 degrees, but juice from either centrifuge or masticating juicers will not be anywhere near 100 degrees. In addition juice produced from centrifuge juicers will only be approximately 2-3 degrees higher than that produced by the masticating juicers. While the juice produced by centrifugal juicers may have less nutrients than the juice produced by masticating juicers, juicing with a centrifuge juicer does produce juice far superior to those canned and bottle juices you get from your local grocers.

Whatever kind of juicer you choose, remember that when using either a centrifugal or masticating juicer that the juice you produce is best when consumed immediately after you have finished juicing. If you do save juice for several hours or a day then make sure to store your juice in an air tight container.

Types of Produce Each Juicer Can Handle

Centrifuge juicers do a great job of juicing solid fruits and vegetables, but have difficulty juicing leafy greens. Masticating juicers do a good job of juicing both leafy greens and solid fruits and vegetables and some of these juicers are also great for making nut butters, frozen desserts, and other types of food.

Cost

In general Centrifugal juicers are less expensive than masticating juicers though some high end centrifuge juicers are priced higher than budget masticating juicers. If you have a limited budget or are a beginner juicer purchasing a high quality centrifugal juicer may be a better idea than buying a budget masticating juicer. However, if you have the budget and know that you want juicing to be part of your everyday diet then purchasing a good masticating juicer is the best way to go.

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