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Friday, 15 January 2010

Masticating juicer

The masticating juicer is the real deal for serious juicing but it comes at a price and there are variants. There is the single gear which retails at around £150-£299 and the twin gear which comes in at a hefty £350-£600. They come in a good range of colours too.

The masticating juicer has three main benefits over a centrifugal juicer namely, they yield a lot more juice (especially from soft fruit and veg), they hold more nutrients (up to 60% more) because they generate less heat (which kills nutrients) and they can juice wheatgrass and sprouts/shoots.

The disadvantages are they are much pricier and tend to be harder to clean (a real factor for consideration when you juice regularly), they also have a small feeder tube which means more time cutting up the produce.

How it works: The produce is fed into the feeder tube and is forced into a rotating worm gear which turns quite slowly. the worm gears literally crush the produce, separating the juice through a fine mesh screen into a container placed under the feeder tube and ejecting the pulp.

As a recommendation I would seriously suggest buying a centrifugal juicer (not a cheap one as this may put you off juicing for life) and trying it for a couple of months before investing in a masticating machine and I say this because the juicer is the number one kitchen appliance for relegation to a life in the cupboard! It even beats the breadmaker! But if you are serious about living a healthy lifestyle or money is no object then this is the machine to have.

I recommend that you use free range and organic produce for every recipe, diet, juice and detox found within this site. There is no substitute for good quality food!

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