Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Best Juicers for Raw Juicing and Diabetes

So, what is the best juicer on the market?

Well, there is no one right answer to that question.

It really depends on your lifestyle, finances, health goals and your personal preferences.

The key factors that most people use in trying to decide what juicer to buy include the following:
-- Price and value
-- Ease of cleaning
-- Ease of use
    (i.e. whether the feed tube fits whole produce)
-- Effectiveness
    (i.e. how much juice it yields; pulp dryness indicating minimal food waste)
-- Other features/capabilities
    (i.e. noise and vibrations; motor power; size; warranty)

So, the best juicer for you will be a personal choice based on your individual wants and needs for a juicer.  Before finding a juicer that will provide you with the best juicing experience, you must first determine how you will be using the machine and what you hope to get out of it.  Some important questions to answer before making a purchase may include:
-- What types of vegetables and fruits will you be juicing most often?
-- Will leafy green vegetables like spinach, cabbage, kale and wheatgrass be a major part of your juicing diet?
-- What is your budget?
-- How much time will you have each day to prepare juice and to clean up?
-- Will you be juicing while others are still asleep in the morning, and how quiet do you need the machine to be?
-- Do you want to make a lot of juice at once and be able to store it in the refrigerator (or thermos) for more than one day?

Easy to Clean Juicers
Even if you buy the “best juicer” that money can buy, it is a waste of money if it sits on the shelf because it is too difficult to clean.

If you only care about how fast you can clean the juicer and don’t mind sacrificing the quality of juice, then a centrifugal ejection juicer may be your best option. The easiest to clean are the L’Equip Mini Pulp Ejection Juicer, the Omega BMJ330 Pulp-Ejection “Big Mouth” Juicer  and the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain. Each of these make a smooth virtually pulp-free juice and each can be cleaned in about 2 minutes. xxx

L'Equip Pulp Juicer
Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain Omega BMJ330 Pulp-Ejection “Big Mouth” Juicer

The L’Equip and the Omega “Big Mouth” come with much longer warranties than the Breville model. The Omega comes with a 10-year warranty which is unheard of in a juicer less than $150. The L’Equip comes standard with a 3-year warranty on the blades and a 6-year warranty on the parts from Amazon.com. With this length of warranty, this indicates that the manufacturers produced a higher quality product because they backed up their juicer with a longer-than-standard warranty. 

However, it appears that the Breville juicer is much more popular than the L’Equip and the Omega, in part because of the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead where the protagonist, Joe, uses a Breville juicer to lose over 90 lbs. Yes, this is very impressive and is really great, but it does not mean that the Breville is a superior juicer. The same results or better can be gotten with other juicers.

Note: Other easy-to-clean juicers include the Omega 4000 and the Omega o2.

Better Juicers with a Slightly Longer Cleaning Time
One of the best, easy to clean juicers for high quality and nutritious juice is the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center which takes about 2 minutes to clean once you get the hang of it but will give you a much higher yield and better quality juice than any Centrifugal type juicer.

Omega VRT350 JuicerThe Omega VRT350 also known as the Omega VERT is an extraordinary slow juicer. It spins at 80 RPM which means that it retains the freshness of the juice by minimizing oxidation in the produce, not to mention it is very quiet—much quieter than centrifugal juicers. You can actually have a conversation and not have to yell while the machine is on.

This juicer costs more than the Centrifugal juicers mentioned above, but is well worth it. If you juice enough you will get your money back because the VRT350 can yield 10-30% more juice than Centrifugal juicers when juicing vegetables. Also the juice lasts longer when juiced on the VRT because of less oxidation. On a centrifugal juicer a juice will not last more than a few hours after juicing, but on the VRT it will lasts much longer (even though not recommended because the best time to drink the juice is immediately after making it).

If you are very fast you can clean this machine in 2-3 minutes but it might take you 5 minutes.  

Reviews of Top Juicers
Breville Juice Fountain Elite ($299)
The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite is a heavy duty, dual speed centrifugal juicer that provides a commercial grade juicing experience. With a powerful performance, this juicer is better than any other centrifugal juicer ever made.
Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite

Owners love how fast this unit juices, how easy it is to clean up and its wide 3-inch feed chute. With a powerful 1000W motor, this model operates at either 6500RPM (low setting) or 13000 RPM (high setting) and can. As a result, you just need to spend 5 seconds filling a glass with juice.

Made of sturdy stainless steel, this machine (the top choice of 20+ models tested) quickly and quietly extracts juice. It has two speeds and a wide feed tube; plus, all removable parts (except the food pusher) are dishwasher-safe. It dispenses directly into a detachable pitcher, minimizing mess.

Other juicers on the market just cannot compare with the fast juicing speed, and easy cleanup that make this juicer such a joy to use. It makes juice in record time with little pulp and it’s very easy to clean, which encourages people to use it often. 

Furthermore, unlike some juicers in the market whose mouth openings are quite small, this juicer has a relatively wide mouth opening of about 3 inches. People love this feature because you don’t have to waste time cutting up fruits and vegetables into smaller chunks to be fed into the juicer. Other strong points include easy assembly and cleanup after using.

This juicer is one of the best, if not the best, in its class. 

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus ($149)
With an 850-watt dual-speed motor, the Breville JE98XL delivers the most fantastic experience of juicing. You find it able to extract juice no matter which type of fruit and vegetables.
Breville JE98XL

In cases of harder produces, you can juice at the high speed level of 12,000 RPM. Conversely, the low speed of 6,500 RPM is optimal for softer produces, especially leafy greens such as cantaloupe and spinach. 

Similar to some other products from Breville, the JE98XL also includes a feed chute which is extra-wide 3-inch for juicing juice from large chunks or even entire pieces of fruits and vegetables. A stainless steel mesh filter basket is used to separate the pulp from the fresh juice during juicing sessions. The pulp then will collect in a large-capacity pulp collector. So you can get rid of the pulp without any difficulty. With an included cleaning brush, washing the juicer is easy as well since its most parts are dishwasher-safe.

Omega VRT350 ($379)
The Omega Vert VRT350 Juicer is a revolutionary product that features the high efficiency of a masticating style juicer in a vertical design made to take up less counter space. The Vert is designed to be compact, contemporary and productive.
Omega Vert VRT350

Most juicers process at a speed of 1,650 to 16,000 RPM, destroying many healthy enzymes and causing juice to degrade shortly after being extracted. The Vert VRT350 Low Speed Juicing System processes at 80 RPM, preventing oxidation and allowing juice to be stored for up to 72 hours without degradation. 

With the Vert form and function combine to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice. The Vert VRT350 also features an innovative auto cleaning system that keeps the screen clear during juicing and increases its efficiency.

The contemporary design is complemented by a virtually indestructible ULTEM juicing screen that will withstand heavy duty juicing. Ideal for fast pace commercial environments, this juicer combines a contemporary styling with the technology to cater to health conscious clientele.

The VRT350's dual stage process extracts the maximum amount of juice while protecting against nutrient loss and oxidation.  A great performer on leafy greens and wheatgrass as well as all other different types of fruits and vegetables.

Note: If do not like pulp at all, do not get this juicer because it leaves more pulp than the others.

Omega Masticating Juicer
Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer ($390)
Unlike centrifugal models rotating in a speed range of 1,650 to 15,000 RPM, the Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer delivers low-speed performance. The Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juicer is a masticating “slow juicer” that is ideal for those who wish to extract the most from leafy greens, such as kale, spinach and wheatgrass. 

It's power, versatility and effectiveness makes this the perfect machine to handle just about all of your juicing needs. Juicing at a slower speed with an 80RPM motor helps protect against excess oxidation since the juice isn’t heated during extracting sessions.

As a result, the juice can be stored up to 72 hours without any nutrition degradation to worry about. Moreover, the Omega J8006 is considered as a nutrition center which allows multi-tasks. In addition to juice extraction, a number of other tasks such as extruding homemade spaghetti, linguini, or breadsticks, making fresh frozen desserts, natural baby food, and nut butters or grinding coffee beans and flour are accepted as well.

Note: Omega is the leader for masticating type juicers, and this unit is no exception.  This juicer receives high marks both for its performance, and its design.

Omega Mega Mouth Juicer ($149)
A cinch to fill, operate, and clean, this stainless steel super-extractor makes short work of apples, carrots, and kale. It doesn't come with a pitcher, but its spigot adjusts to the height of your glass, reducing the chance of spills.

The Omega Mega Mouth makes good juice, but there are other juicers out there in the same general price range that come with a pitcher, a cleaning brush, and fewer parts.  Also, the plastic exterior feels cheap.

Other Top Juicers
Other top juicers include (but are not limited to) the following:

Magimix Le Duo XL: This new and improved version of the Le Duo XL was launched earlier this year to make everyday juicing even more effective and easy. Available in cream, satin or black, it will look smart in any kitchen and handles everything from the smallest lime to the largest grapefruit.

Omega Vert: This may be pricy, but it's by far the best domestic juicer on the market. Not only does it make nutrient-rich, cold-pressed juice in a fraction of the time of other machines, but soft fruits – which are notoriously difficult to juice – pose no problem. It's brilliant for leafy greens, too.

Philips 1861: This machine has everything going for it – a large inlet chute, big jug, two-speed motor for both soft and hard fruits and a sturdy waste pulp bin. It's also quiet, easy to use and quick. Best of all, it makes smooth, frothy and extremely tasty juice.

L'Equip Omni Juicer: You name it, this quiet, powerful and durable machine juices it. Whether it's wheatgrass, green vegetables, root vegetables or fruit, practically nothing seems to be a problem. It will homogenise it too, making everything from sauces to pasta and from sorbets to purées.

Logik L50WFJ11: If you don't want all the bells and whistles and aren't too worried about getting your juice in a jiffy, this handy machine is a good low-cost option. It has a one-litre capacity, two speed settings and all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Cuisinart Fruit & Vegetable Juice Extractor: Take one look at this bulky machine and you could be forgiven for thinking that juicers just aren't worth the faff. But its easy unlock and lift system, along with its adjustable spout that eliminates drips and spills, means it's both practical and efficient, making top-notch juice.

Samson 6-in-1: Don't be fooled by the old-fashioned looks. This does a particularly good job on leafy greens including wheatgrass, spinach, kale and Swiss chard. It's easy-to-assemble and quiet and it squeezes really good quantities. It can even grind spices and coffee and make jam and ice creams.

Dualit: This is horribly heavy, but you'll have no trouble getting your five-a-day from this high-performer that's every bit as good as machines twice this price from other top-name brands. Handily, it comes pre-assembled, and there's an extra-large feed tube so that you can use whole fruits such as apples.

Santos Classic Juicer: dd a bit of colour to your kitchen with this classic-style juicer that boasts a high-speed motor to extract the maximum amount of juice. Simply slice the fruit in half and enjoy continuous production of glass after glass.

Philips Whole Fruit Juicer: This does exactly what it says on the tin. Just slot whole pieces of fruit into the oversized tube and select one of two juicing speeds. Expect a lot of noise, but it squeezes plenty of juice from fruit or vegetables quickly and it's simple to clean up afterwards.
Pros & Cons of Types of Juicers 

Centrifugal juicer
  • Come between masticating juicers and citrus juicers in the price range.
  • Be the fastest of three categories including Citrus, Centrifugal and Masticating
  • Extra-wide feed chute is included for saving preparing and pre-cutting time.
  • Easy assembly and cleanup are allowed.
  • Washing it on the top shelf of the dishwasher is accepted.
  • Look durable and eye-catching
  • Occupy less space than masticating juicers
  • Extracting juice from leafy greens and wheatgrass isn’t really efficient.
  • Be quite noisy
  • Nutrition degradation of the juice goes faster as a payment of high-speed extraction
The centrifugal models deliver faster and more powerful extraction than anything else. So they suit busy people who want to enjoy a juice glass within a few minutes. Because of affordable price points, these products are also best for those with a tight budget.

Citrus juicer
  • Cost less than centrifugal and masticating juicers.
  • Be optimal for juicing citrus fruits
  • Result in a high yield of juice from a fixed amount of citrus fruits
  • Easy to operate with the touch of a button
  • Deliver smooth juicing sessions in quiet.
  • Specially designed for just citrus fruits, but all types of fruits and vegetables.
  • Splashes of juice during juicing sessions might be a problem
  • Juicing large pieces aren’t recommended in some cases.
A citrus juicer suits those who want to enjoy juice of citrus fruits daily. Besides, the compact construction of citrus juicers also makes them fit a small kitchen counter. 

Masticating juicer
  • The very dry pulp results in the highest yield of juice.
  • Quiet operation
  • Healthy enzymes are protected
  • No froth, foam and heat build-up is included during juicing sessions.
  • Oxidation is decreased to minimum.
  • Work well with all types of produce, even leafy greens, wheat grasses and leaves.
  • Multi-tasks is accepted
  • Durable enough to last for years
  • Slow performance
  • The price point is a bit higher compared to citrus and centrifugal models.
If the length of time for juicing is considerable, the masticating juicer is the best choice because of its quiet but efficient operation. Besides, the functionality of multi-tasks also makes the type of juicer suit those who are serious in housekeeping.

Summary of Juicer Types
The major types of juicers and their price ranges are:
-- Citrus juicer – A cheap and basic juicer that juices citrus fruits only. ($20 – $100)
-- Centrifugal juicer – The most common juicer around that juices most kinds of fruits and non-leafy vegetables. Very affordable at $50 – $200.
-- Masticating juicer – Single gear masticating juicer; juices most kinds of fruits and vegetables. Can also make mushy foods. ($100 – $350)
-- Triturating juicer – Twin gear triturating juicer; juices all kinds of fruits and vegetables, keeping more of the enzymes in the juice undamaged. Some of them can juice wheatgrass too. ($250 – $950)
-- Wheatgrass juicer – Usually juices wheatgrass only, but some newer models can juice fruits as well. ($200 – $800)

Note: For more information and reviews of various juicers, visit any of the juicer review websites or a discount juicer website such www.discountjuicers.com/compare.html.

Note: If you want to ensure that you make the right juice recipes to address your diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, heart disease and other similar health issues, then, order the Power of Juicing & Green Smoothies ebook, which was researched and written by the author of Death to Diabetes. It is the only juicing book that provides specific recipes for specific ailments along with what specific juicers (and blenders) to purchase.

Power of Juicing Book Cover

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