So, you’re looking to take on juicing to add its health benefits to your diet! Congratulations! But, where do you start? How do you make the most informed decision about juicing machines, types of produce to use, and how to start on this journey?
Health Benefits of Juicing
You have probably heard there are numerous health benefits to making your own juice. Let’s go over them, one by one.
Add Fiber to Your Diet
Everyone knows fiber is an essential element to our diet, but sometimes it’s challenging to increase our intake. Juicing is an excellent way to add fiber to the diet. Pulpy store-bought juices like orange juice can add fiber, but most prepackaged juices don’t offer a lot of fiber.
When you make juice at home, you can add leftover pulp to your juice, depending on how much fiber you want to add.
Curb Those Cravings
Often, we find our bodies craving foods. This is usually because we are deficient in some nutrient present in that food. Juicing allows you to add low-calorie foods to satisfy these cravings, and this will help you to feel full longer.
Also, by combining fruits and veggies into a juice, you can increase your intake of these beneficial foods better than you could by simply consuming them whole.
Boost the Immune System
Juicing can bring out the best in your immune system. Vitamin C, a vitamin found in fruits like oranges, is beneficial to your immune system, which is why you often find over-the-counter supplements containing this vitamin.
Increasing your intake of natural vitamins and minerals can help you maintain a strong immune system, and can also improve your energy levels as well.
Many people are concerned about consuming store purchased juices because they’ve been sterilized by a process called pasteurization, which extends the shelf life of these products. Unfortunately, this process destroys many of the enzymes contained in the food products.
Enzymes are important because they help to break down food in our bodies more effectively. Juicing at home will allow your product to contain more of these live enzymes, and your body will be able to transport nutrients throughout your system more easily.
Choosing a Juicer
There are dozens of juicing machines available on the market today. They fall into three categories: centrifugal, masticating, and citrus. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
This type of juicer uses a blade to slice and dice food products, extracting juice from the pieces. Think of the way a blender works to make a smoothie. They come with a wide range of motor wattage, which is important to consider when purchasing.
A higher wattage motor will be more effective when grinding up hard foods like apples or carrots. It will also be more durable for frequent use.
But, a centrifugal juicer ends up with a lot of wasted food and doesn’t effectively juice leafy green vegetables. They are noisy and require a lot of fresh produce to produce a single cup of juice.
Mastication is the medical term for chewing, and that’s essentially what this type of juicer does. It has either a single or double gear, like the cogs in a clock, to grind food against either a hard surface or the other gear. Crushing and mashing foods produces more juice.
On the other hand, masticating juicers run much more slowly than centrifugal juicers, though they can produce nearly double the amount of juice. They are more effective at getting juice from sources like celery and leafy greens like spinach.
These are often more expensive than centrifugal units, though the cheaper masticating juicers can be the same price as higher-end centrifugal machines.
This type of juicer is only for producing juice from citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruit. So, we really can’t compare these juicers to the other two. But, if you’re looking to make juices from things like oranges, and aren’t concerned about juicing other products, this might be the right machine for you.
Some citrus juicers come with reamer attachments in small and large, so they can handle fruit sizes ranging from lime to grapefruit. Other units have multiple reamers, so you can juice from two fruit halves at one time.
So, welcome to the world of juicing! Hopefully we can assist you in deciding what type of juicer will work for you. Happy juicing!