Why should you drink juice?
Drinking fresh juice daily has many health benefits. Health experts suggest drinking a glass of juice every three hours. They also suggest drinking your last glass at least two hours before bedtime. Some of the health benefits include the following:
- Provides instant nutrients: Juice helps you reach your daily intake of fruit and vegetables. It’s also an effortless way to ensure that your family reaches their daily intake of fruit or vegetables. Juicing is also an ideal way to get kids to have vegetables they may not like in cooked form.
- Reduces bloated feeling: Fresh juice removes excess waste in your intestinal track, reducing any feelings of being bloated.
- Aids digestion: Improving your body’s digestion process will restore energy levels which in turn will restore mood and general well-being.
- Flushes out toxins: A healthy diet of fresh juice removes toxins from your body which aids weight loss.
- Prevent food cravings: You eat the most junk food or snacks between actual meals, usually because you’re craving something “small” before the actual meal. Drinking fresh juice between meals will lessen the cravings and fill you up until your actual meal.
- Improves Immunity: Fruits that contain vitamin A, such as carrots, help regulate the immune system which in turn fights off infections by increasing T-cells in circulation. Boosting your immune system makes you less susceptible to colds and flu.
- Alkalizes the body: Drinking juices made from green fruit and vegetables will keep your body’s pH levels between 7.35 and 7.45 pH. A healthy pH slows down the aging process and can prevent an assortment of illnesses. Most diseases and bad bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. So by keeping your pH levels regulated you’ll improve your resistance to a whole variety of illnesses.
- Fights hair loss: Nutritional experts agree that consuming a healthy quantity of vegetable juice can fight hair loss. Vegetables suited to this include cauliflower and peppers.
- May cure acne and other skin conditions: By adding vegetables such as sweet potatoes and pumpkins to your juicing diet, you’ll be doing your skin a whole lot of good. Orange colored vegetables contain enzymes to combat the bacteria that create pimples and acne.
- Keeps body hydrated: Fueling your body with fresh vegetable juice twice a day is an easy way to keep hydrated. If you find the concept of drinking eight glasses of water every day a challenge, you can easily alternate some of your water intake with a glass or two of fresh juice.
- Slows down wrinkles: Drinking juice rich in vitamin C, like broccoli, cauliflower and tomatoes that contain selenium is a wise option if you care about your looks. This slows down the appearance of wrinkles, by increasing the elasticity in your skin. Definitely a plus point in anyone’s books!
- Lowers cholesterol: A healthy intake of citrus fruit in the form of juice provides your body with the necessary quantities of soluble fiber which fights cholesterol.
Including freshly juice in your daily diet will work wonders toward improving your overall well-being. Fresh juice is healthier than bottle juice. Most bottled juice has been treated to pasteurize it. It’s always healthier to have your juice as fresh as possible. By purchasing one of the nifty juicers on our review list, you’ll be making a wise investment in your family’s health.
Features to consider before you buy a juicer under $200
Not all juicers are designed and manufactured equally. With each unit having its own pros and cons, it may sometimes be difficult to choose the right one. Selecting a juicer shouldn’t be a matter of just reaching for the first one you come across. You need to consider what you’re going to use the juicer for as well as how often you’re going to use it. You also need to consider what you’re going to juice.
Will it be used once a day, once a week or will you be using it as part of a healthier lifestyle for you and your family? Are you going to juice citrus only or do you want to work with bulkier, tougher fruits and vegetables? If you’re going to use it for the latter option, you obviously don’t want the smallest juicer available, so you’d want to go for something like the AMZCHEF GM3001 on our review list.
There are several features you should consider before making your final decision. Some of these points are discussed in detail below.
With so many juicers on the market, it can be a little confusing to try and distinguish their features from one another & narrow down exactly what you need. Juicers primarily fit into one of four main categories namely:
Masticating juicers primarily work to crush fruits or vegetables as they pass through the chute. The juice and pulp are then separated by squeezing the food item until juice runs through the mesh, simultaneously pushing the pulp into a separate container. These types of juicers have a high yield of juice and the quality of juice tends to be better. Because of the separation process, masticating juices take longer to juice than a centrifugal juicer. A smaller chute means there must be time allocated to chopping and pre-cutting the desired fruit or vegetables. An added advantage is that this juicer can also be used as a grinder. Despite being slightly more expensive than most other juicers, these units are very popular because of the cold juices they yield. Among our reviewed juicers, the AMZCHEF GM3001 falls into this category.
In a centrifugal juicer, a mesh chamber with sharp teeth tears the fruit or vegetable material into pulp while simultaneously spinning at a very high speed which separates the juice from the pulp. This type of juicer is popular because of the short time required for preparation. Fruits or vegetables can usually be put through the chute whole or in big chunks. There’s no chopping or dicing required. These juicers are ideally suited to juicing hard, tough fruits or vegetables like beets, carrots or pears. These units also take very little cleaning time as they can spin in reverse, loosening any stuck pulp. The only real disadvantage with these juicers is the heat they generate during the spinning process. This could reduce the quality of the juice because enzymes are destroyed. Of the juicer’s we’ve reviewed, only the AICOK GS332 is a centrifugal juicer.
Triturating juicers are also referred to as twin geared juicers because there are two gears that rotate while ripping the fruit or vegetables into smaller pieces. Juice is extracted and a dry pulp is pushed out. This type of juicer can also function as a food processor for certain types of food. Often these models fall in the food processing category.
Mechanical juicers are a good option if you only want to juice occasionally or if you only juice smaller amounts. It’s ideally suited to making a glass or two of juice with breakfast. Manual juicers are smaller and therefore take up less space in the kitchen. Because the juice made is so much less than you’d get from a centrifugal or masticating juicer, a mechanical juicer is not for serious juicers. On our review list, we have the Prepara Glass Citrus Juicer.
The capacity of a juicer refers to the amount of juice you can get from the juicing process at one time. If you are only having one glass of juice per day, a juicer with a capacity of 450ml may be sufficient. If you’re making juice for a house full of people at breakfast every morning, you might want to consider a juicer that delivers more juice.
A tip here is to have a look at the pulp container as that will give you an idea of the unit’s efficiency in yielding adequate amounts of juice. A larger pulp bin means you won’t have to stop and empty the pulp every few minutes. This is handy when you’re juicing large quantities of fruits and vegetables.
The ideal motor strength of your juicer depends on what you want to juice. On average, juicers can have one of the following levels of motor wattage: 400, 600, 700, 800, 850, 900 or 1000.
Obviously, 1000 watt motors are the most powerful. These types of motors are ideally suited to serious juicing. If you want to juice vegetables like turnips or beets, you’ll need a motor strong enough to tear and extract juice without burning out. Look for a juicer with a minimum motor size of 700 watts if you’re going to use your juicer on a daily basis. People who are going to be juicing as part of a cleanse diet or a healthier lifestyle often choose juicers with higher wattages for the durability of the motor.
A juicer on our review list suited to this function would be the AICOK GS332 with its 1000W motor. Considering this option will ensure you get maximum lifespan from your appliance.
Not all blenders function at the same speed. Different speeds are best suited to shredding various types of produce. Most masticating juicers function with a rotating speed of 80-110RPM (revolution per minute), as you can see it by the Omega model. This means the gears crushing and pressing the fruits or vegetables are doing so at a much slower rate.
Centrifugal juicers have blades spinning at speeds that could reach 15 000RPM. This allows you to juice tougher produce. This means that if you’re only going to juice a few oranges in the morning for breakfast, you might not want to buy a masticating juicer.
Once again, the juicer dimensions you should be looking at depend mostly on what you are planning to do with your juicer and how often you’re going to use it. Centrifugal juicers for instance, have smaller chutes which mean you will have to cut the fruit and vegetables into smaller chunks before processing.
If you want less preparation time, look for a juicer with a wider feeding chute where you put fruit or vegetables in whole.
It’s also important to consider the size of the juice container. If you are going to make juice for your entire family every morning, you might want something that yields more than 150ml’s. There are juicers, like the AICOK GS332 that has a 1l sized juice container.
The materials the juicer is made from are an indication of durability. While plastic may be cheaper, there are more advantages to investing in a stainless steel unit. Stainless steel will always be more durable as well as being dishwasher safe and easier to clean. Enzymes present in fruit and vegetables are known to corrode plastic over time. Plastic is also more likely to absorb bacteria and strong flavors. Plastic jugs may also crack after a while.
An added advantage to not going with the plastic option is the effects a discarded plastic unit will have on the environment. Plastic is not biodegradable, so in essence, the less plastic you buy, the more you’re contributing to a better environment.
There is also the BPA factor to consider. BPA stands for bisphenol A and it’s an industrial chemical that’s commonly used to manufacture plastics. By choosing the stainless steel option, you will also be avoiding BPA.
A decent warranty expresses the manufacturer’s confidence in the resilience and durability of their product. Juicers can have warranties of two years and upwards. Always consider how often you plan on using your juicer, because continuous use may wear it down faster. Consumer reviews are very helpful in this regard as they will give you an idea of how many people have actually needed to make use of the warranty.
Ensure you keep the warranty card or documentation that’s usually in the packaging.
To qualify for the warranty, it’s important to use your juicer only for its intended purpose. This means you should only juice the types of fruits and vegetables suited to your specific juicer.