A couple of months ago I decided to complete a short juice fast after experiencing the once in a blue moon case of digestive discomfort (which lased for weeks untreated because of work). About a year ago I completed my first fast, which was a mono-fast, after pleasing results I decided to undertake a 21-day juice fast at the start of the year and have never looked back since. This is something that I have added to my regular routine as a way to reboot and reset my digestive system and give my energy levels a bit of a boost!
During my most recent fast, I had a few friends ask me the same question – “Sammy, I want to buy a juicer but which one should I buy?” We live in a time where we are quite literally spoilt for choice, I know when I was looking for myself it took me a while before settling on a particular juicer that was both good for fasting, in my price range and easy to transport around (I used to travel quite a bit for work). I knew that I was after a cold press but there were so many different kinds of juicers out there, I was so confused I actually brought one and later brought another one (which was more suited for travelling)… Hopefully after reading this you’ll be able to decide on just one!
So, what are the common juicers and what differentiates one from the other? Hopefully this article will help clear up some confusion about which juicer is suitable for your personal needs and your budget!
There are three common types of juicers, ranging from least expensive to most expensive they are centrifugal, masticating and twin-gear:
- Centrifugal juicers – these are usually the cheapest and the easiest to clean, however the fast processing can lead to the elements inside the juicer to heat up, which will result in a faster oxidisation rate of the nutrients in your fruits and veggies! Meaning that on a molecular level, the final juicy product may lose some of its nutrient content before it even gets to your glass.
- Masticating juicers (one type of cold press juicer) – these juicers operate at a slower speed which does not allow for the internal elements to heat up, this means that you’re able to get more nutrition per glass in comparison to the centrifugal juicer and that the nutrients in the juice will oxidise at a much slower rate, and juices can be stored in a well-sealed bottle or container for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
- Twin-Gear (another type of cold press juicer) – are the most powerful, and can be used to make things like nut milk, butters and even ice-cream (1 ingredient banana ice-cream is amazing in these juicers)! Juices stay fresh for up to 3-4 days in a well-sealed bottle or container in the fridge however these bad boys tend to be the most expensive.
Common question = Sammy, what cold press juicer do you own?
I personally own an Oscar Neo which is a masticating (single gear) cold press juicer, it’s good for those who are on the run and require something that can be easily transported. One thing is that the juice from my Oscar Neo tends to be a little pulpy (but not much). If you’re considering a juice fast, this is easily fixed by running your juice through a fine mesh sieve to get the fiber out. Otherwise, when not fasting I’ll just drink the pulp! J
That’s all from me, I hope you found this post interesting. Please share it with anyone you know who’s in the market for a new juicer, if you have any questions for me please send me some electronic love at Sammy@sammydelci.com.
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