If you are now convinced that juicing can improve your health, the next step is choosing between centrifugal and masticating juicers. Your choice must fit your lifestyle.
By now, you must already know that there are two basic kinds of juicers, the centrifugal and the masticating juicers.
A centrifugal juicer works using a large, round shredding blade that spins at a high speed to extract the juice.
A masticating juicer works at a much slower speed. Masticating means literally to chew and that’s exactly what this juicer does. It chews up your produce and then presses the juice out.
So the basic difference between the two is fast (centrifugal) versus slow (masticating).
In this age, when we want everything instantly, you’d probably choose the fast one, but it is not as simple as that. There are other things to consider because each type has its own pros and cons.
The Centrifugal Juicer
The main benefit of the centrifugal is its speed, not just because it juices fast but also you spend less effort with the preparation of your fruits and vegetables.
It has a large feeder tube so you don’t need to cut your produce into small pieces. A whole apple can be dropped into the tube, carrots and cucumbers need not be chopped. You save a lot of time in the kitchen.
The other benefit of a centrifugal is cost. There are centrifugal juicers that cost a lot less than masticating juicers both online and offline.
Noise is one of the complaints most people have against centrifugal juicers. When you have a sleeping baby in the house, it is a good idea not to operate your centrifugal juicer.
This high-speed juicer has people questioning its efficiency and the quality of juice it produces. When something works at a high speed, it introduces more air.
Consider the fan, the faster it spins, the more air it produces. With food, air is the enemy. Air can destroy nutrients and also increases the rate at which food spoils.
The Masticating Juicer
With the masticating juicer that works at a slower speed, you don’t only get more juice but you get more nutritious juice. A masticating juicer is far more efficient when it comes to juicing leafy greens.
It works very quietly.
Most masticating juicers come with a small feeder tube design so you have to spend more time in the kitchen cutting up your produce.
Most masticating juicers cost more than centrifugal juicers.
If you’re concerned with cost and the length of time you spend in the kitchen, then you should go with the centrifugal juicer, but if you don’t mind spending an additional ten minutes on your juicing or if you juice a lot of leafy greens, then the masticating juicer is a good choice.
Generally, a centrifugal juicer costs less than a masticating juicer but these days, the cost depends on the brand. There are brands where their centrifugal juicers cost more than their masticating juicers.
Centrifugal Versus Masticating Juicers
So, if you’ve been reading about juicing and juicers, you must be sold into the idea that centrifugal juicers produce heat and heat destroys nutrients so masticating juicers produce more quality juices.
But before we give in to that idea, let us check out a study done by people who are sick of the bad information regarding centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.
According to research, the nutritional difference between the juices produced by the best fast (centrifugal) juicer and the best slow(masticating) juicer is virtually nothing at all.
Fast juicers process fruits and vegetables for such a short time. The faster spinning speed makes no noticeable difference to the nutrition of the juice versus using a slow juicer because it uses less time and causes less damage to the cells of the fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are made up of millions of cells inside. The centrifugal juicer makes 20-30 times less contact to the cells compared to slow juicers.
With slow juicers, the cells of the fruits and vegetables are crushed, squashed and rubbed against each other and air is pushed into the cells the entire time it is processed. The action is more gentle than the fast juicer but it takes a lot longer.
The study also shows it is not true that fast juicers cause more air to be retained in the juices which makes the juice less nutrition and easily oxidized. The fresh juices tested from both fast and slow juicers contain almost the same level of nutrients right after juicing.
Slow juicer advocates also say that juices from slow juicers can be stored for several hours and not lose its nutritional benefits.
The study tested juice from both slow and fast juicers stored for 24 hours and found no difference in their nutritional value. Whatever nutritional value is in the juice from the slow juicer is almost the same nutritional value found in the juice from the fast juicer.
The BIG Difference to Consider when Choosing Between A Centrifugal and A Masticating Juicer:
- Slow juicers are much quieter.
- Fast juicers are much faster to use and much easier to clean.
NOTE: The tests mentioned here have been conducted using the BEST Centrifugal Juicer and the BEST Masticating Juicer. For not-so-best-quality juicers, test results may differ.
If you believe you are using a good-quality centrifugal juicer, there is no need to discard it for a new masticating juicer.
If you don’t own a juicer and you are looking to buy one, consider the BIG difference between centrifugal and masticating and buy the one that fits your lifestyle.
Have fun JUICING!