A juicer separates juice from the pulp of fruits and vegetables in a process called juicing.
There are many advantages to eating fruit and vegetables raw. Water-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin C) are destroyed by heating, so there will be less vitamin C in a cooked carrot than in a similar raw carrot. Juicing fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to combine the advantages of both raw and cooked.
A juicer separates juice from the pulp of fruits and vegetables in a process called juicing. Nutritionally, it is easier for the body to absorb valuable content from juice as opposed to solid fruit and vegetables. There are currently several kinds of juicers on the market, with centrifugal and masticating being the most popular.
A centrifugal juicer cuts up the fruit or vegetable with a flat cutting blade, then spins the produce at a high rate of speed to separate the juice from the pulp. Not all juice is removed from the pulp.
A masticating juicer compacts and crushes the food into smaller pieces before squeezing the juice out through a screen while the pulp is disposed of. Masticating juicers provide richer, more flavourful, nutritious juices because they more thoroughly break up fruit or vegetables, and press out the juice from the resulting pulp inside a nose cone with a narrow opening. Many masticating juicers will also make smoothies, purees, nut butters, pasta, baby foods and frozen fruit ice creams.
The price of a good juicer may seem quite high, but the quality of the juice produced, and the long life of the juicer, far outweigh the initial outlay when compared to the cheaper, far less efficient models on the market.
Wondering what to make in an a juicer? There are hundreds of juicing recipes!