What is Juicing?
Juicing has grown enormously popular over the last few years and for good reason. Everyone from professional athletes to the average person can benefit from juicing. Of course, there is nothing new about juicing fruits and vegetables. People have been doing it for thousands of years. The arrival of modern juicers has made it a lot easier to make juicing a common staple of a diet, if you want it to be. Since you have decided to read this juicer buying guide, you are definitely someone who wants to give it a try.
The effort (which is not really all that much) is worth it.
Juicing, for the newbie, can be described as the process in which juice is drawn from fruits and vegetables. For those wondering why they should juice their own fruits and vegetables when there are so many beverages available on the market, the reason is a lot of those beverages on store shelves have much more than just fruit juice in them. The selections have a lot of processed ingredients including a host of unwanted refined sugars. For those wishing to boost their health, these are not the beverages you want. Making juice on your own at home would be a better plan.
The health benefits associated with juicing are vast. All of the excellent vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in fruits and vegetables are found in the corresponding juice. One glass of a fresh glass of homemade juice can give you all the benefits of a multivitamin, but in a much more natural form.
Just be sure that juicing really is right for you. Someone who suffers from heartburn or diabetes might wish to avoid juicing anything that is too sweet and loaded with natural sugar.
Types of Juicers Available
Of course, the first thing you have to do before you can make any homemade juice is to buy a juicer. There are actually two different types of juicers on the market, a centrifugal juicer and a cold press juicer. Both can do a fine job of making juice, but the cold press juicer can do the better job of the two.
The centrifugal juicer might likely be the more popular juicer for those new to juicing because it is the cheaper of the two. While the price might make it more accessible to a wider variety of budgets, but some of the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables may be lost. This is because the juicer generates quite a bit of heat and heat is what can eliminate nutrients. Incidentally, heat is what kills a massive amount of nutrients in store bought fruit and vegetable juice. Consider that a major reason why the health conscious should avoid common store variety beverages.
What is a masticating juicer? Cold press juicers also known as masticating juicers do not generate a lot of heat because they are not reliant on a massive amount of speed to create juice. These juicers literally chomp down on the fruits and vegetables in order to extract the juice. Now, these juicers are somewhat slow and they can cost quite a bit more than the centrifugal juicers, but the nutrients are not lost. For those who are very health conscious, this is the juicer it would be best to invest in.
Selecting Your Fruits and Vegetables
When it comes to the selection of fruits and vegetables to make juices with, there really are very few limits. Certain selections such as bananas and avocados, for example, cannot be juiced because they have no juice in them. Now, you can still make drinks with them. You could juice pineapples and oranges and then put the resultant juice in a blender and add a banana. Blenders do not juice things. They puree them, which means all the banana pulp and fiber would be in the new drink.
To be sure what fruits and vegetables you can juice, you may wish to do a little research. The actually number of selections that cannot be juiced is actually fairly limited.
They may be certain parts of the fruits and vegetables that are perfect for juicing. A pineapple core might be discarded because you cannot really eat one, but it is great for juicing. Stalks and certain rinds and peels can be a good selection. Leaves can also be a good choice or a dangerous one. The leaves on carrots and eggplants, for example, can be toxic. Once again, research is really important when you are juicing things. You want to be sure you make the right selections and do not pick something toxic to your system or, for that matter, might be damaging to your juicer.
For those who really want to get the most health benefit from their juicing, going organic is advised. Buying only organic fruits and vegetables is going to be a bit costly, but the investment may be worth it if you are getting away from pesticides and other foreign elements. In some cases, organic produce only has to be scrubbed and not peeled before it is put in the juicer.
Basic Prep Steps
While juicing is easy, preparing fruit and vegetables for juicing may take a bit of prep work. That is why it is suggested to wash and cut fruits and vegetables in advance and keep them in the refrigerator. This way, when you want to make some juice, your ingredients are ready to go.
To get the most enjoyment out of your juice, you do need to drink it quite soon after you make it. You may be able to store it for a day, but time is going to take its toll on the juice since there are no preservatives in it. One of the most obvious effects is the juice will change color to something that might look a little odd and not so delectable. The lack of preservatives also means the juice is going to rancid a lot quicker than store bought beverages. So drink up!
What if the juice does not turn out the way you wanted? Do not worry, all you need to do is practice a bit. Doing so will lead to getting things down pat in time. You can read more on the juicer buying guide here.
“By Allan Phinney”