The Juice on Juicers: High Speed Juicer vs Slow Juicer
Find a juicer that fits your needs! Here’s some information that can help you make that decision!
The juicing craze is here to stay! With the promise of weight loss, immunity boosts and a dozen other health benefits, everyone is ready to invest in a juicer and begin their journey to a cleaner, healthier body.
If you’re hopping on this bandwagon, it’s likely that you’re wondering which juicer to buy and we’re here to help you make this decision easier!
Here’s the low down on the two of the most common types of juicers out there:
High Speed Juicer
Also known as centrifugal juicers, this bad boy breaks down its produce through a flat metal blade which spins at a very high speed that can go up to 15000RPM. The extracted juice flows through the mesh filter while the pulp is collected in a separate compartment.
Aside from the fast-spinning blade, the tube where you insert your fruits and vegetables is usually wide enough to fit them whole so in most cases, no chopping is required! Fast, efficient and easy to clean up, high speed juicers are perfect for those who are strapped for time but still require their daily dose of juice to get them through the day.
However, the fast-spinning blade (no pun intended) is a double-edged sword! While it operates quickly, the blade generates heat which may destroy enzymes and oxidize nutrients present in your produce. This results in a less nutritious juice that can’t be stored for more than 24 hours.
While high speed juicers work great with most fruits, it’s not as good for juicing leafy greens (like spinach and kale), soft fruits (such as berries) and nuts.
The speed of the blade also produces a lot of noise which may disrupt the peace and quiet in your home. Look on the bright side though, the noise could act as a much needed wake-up call in the morning!
Slow juicers, otherwise known as masticating or cold press juicers, make use of a slow rotating gear to crush your fruits and vegetables against a perforated filter. They don’t generate as much heat, which in turn retains all the vitamins in your juice! Packed with yummy nutritious goodness, your juice can be kept for up to 2 days which means that you can prepare them ahead of time.
If you’re not into overly sweet juices, slow juicers work exceptionally well with leafy greens, wheatgrass and nuts, so you’re free to make your own clean and green smoothies or dairy-free nut milk to support your healthy lifestyle.
Good high speed juicers can extract a lot of juice but slow juicers are said to produce a higher juice yield and less foam, making the most out of your fruits and vegetables.
They also operate quietly, providing you with ample time to cleanse your mind as well as your body.
While there are lots of health benefits to using a slow juicer, they come at a cost. Slow juicers tend to be on the pricier side, they are also trickier to clean and might take longer to extract the juice as compared to the centrifugal models. Also, it doesn’t process whole fruits and vegetables very well so you might have to spend some time cutting them up into smaller chunks.
There are pros and cons to each type of juicer and depending on your needs, one may be more suitable for you than the other. No matter which one you pick, juicing is definitely a start to a healthier lifestyle. Happy juicing!