Topic of the Day: The Best Masticating Juicers (Guest Post from Deb)

Juicing has been a popular way to add more fresh fruit and vegetable nutrition to your diet for many years, but has become even more popular in the last few years.  This is thanks in part to more people realizing that a healthy, well-balanced diet is one of the best ways to manage weight and give our bodies the fuel they need to work efficiently.  This trend towards healthier eating is a result of more and more of us being overweight and generally in less-than-ideal health combined with a growing concern over the number and amount of artificial ingredients in so many store-bought food and beverage items.  Juicing has also become much more popular as technology has advanced enough to make high-quality juicers less expensive, easier to use, and better at extracting maximum amounts of juice.



I think it’s important to note the difference between whole-food juices and whole-food smoothies.  Juices are the liquids contained in fruits and veggies that have been separated from the solids.  Smoothies are generally whole fruits and vegetables that have been liquefied and therefore contain all of the nutrients present in the whole foods.  Eating (or drinking) whole fruits and vegetables is still the best way to go since you’ll get more of the fiber and other body-essential nutrients that juicing can leave behind.  That being said, if you just can’t bring yourself to “do” enough whole vegetables and fruit to meet your minimum daily requirements, juicing is absolutely the next best thing.  Juicing is also a terrific way for those who are good about eating plenty of fresh produce to get even more of the vitamins and minerals we all need.

When it comes to juicers, there are a couple of specialty varieties, including citrus and wheatgrass juicers, which are named aptly based on their intended use.  Among general-purpose juicers, there are centrifugal and masticating models.

Centrifugal juicers chop produce into very small pieces and spin those pieces around with enough speed to separate the juice from the pulp.  They generally produce less juice than a masticating model and can sometimes generate enough heat to warm your juice a little, but not nearly enough to destroy nutrients (as some claim).  Because they aren’t the best performers, centrifugal juicers tend to be much less expensive than masticating models.  In addition to a lower price tag, centrifugal models also tend to have a larger intake chute than their masticating cousins, making it easier to prep produce for loading.  On the negative side, many users find that the juice from centrifugal models just doesn’t taste quite as good as that from masticating machines, possibly due to the fact that the spinning action allows a little more oxidation (introduction of air) into the juice and/or the fact that the masticating process (more about that below) may be better at extracting more flavor from the pulp and skin of fruits.



Masticating juicers are usually more expensive, but with good reason.  They work by pressing and grinding produce (much like our process for chewing food) rather than chopping it up and spinning it.  This actually allows for a greater yield (meaning the same amount of produce gives you more juice) and an even greater rate of retention of nutrients.  Their method of extracting juice also makes masticating models better at handling leafy greens than their centrifugal counterparts.  So, you spend more on the machine, but can get more juice with less produce (which saves money) and get more nutrition in what many users who’ve switched from centrifugal models believe is better-tasting juice.  Masticating juicers also tend to be easier to clean, which is another plus since you will have to thoroughly clean the juicer after each use.

In the end, if you’re serious about getting the most nutritional bang for your buck, you should opt for a masticating juicer if you can afford one.  The higher yield, better taste, and easier cleaning make it more likely that you’ll stick with juicing and be one step closer to a healthier lifestyle.

Visit this page from for reviews, including pros and cons, of several top masticating juicers.