Advantages of juicing
What are the health benefits of fruit and vegetable juice? One of the main advantages of fresh fruit and vegetable juices is their excellent nutritional quality. When compared to industrial fruit juices, they are much richer in enzymes and vitamins (A, B, C, D, and E). Because even the so-called “pure juices” you find in stores are generally pasteurized. They are stored during a more or less long time, going from a few days to several months. Not to mention the extraction processes, which are not always very respectful of the fruit or vegetable, causing them to oxidize quickly.
However, pasteurization and storage are detrimental to nutritional richness. Vitamins are very sensitive to heat, oxidation, and light. Therefore, the best way to take advantage of their benefits is to consume fresh fruit and vegetable juices that are just peeled and cut!
A good alternative to raw fruits and vegetables, it is often easier to drink a full glass of carrot juice than to consume 500 g of grated carrots. Fresh juices are, therefore, a great way to fill up on vitamins and minerals! At the same time, they hydrate the body, without providing it with an excess of sugar, salt, or lipids (raw vegetables and vinaigrettes generally go together). By consuming fresh juices, it is easy to meet the target for the famous 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day (or 10, depending on the source).
For children, who are often not very fond of fresh fruit or vegetables, this is an excellent way to put these foods on their menu. Mostly if they are offered homemade juice cocktails. An orange-carrot or beet-apple, for example, should satisfy the most delicate palates. You can also play with colors, textures and invent your recipes according to your tastes.
A mine of antioxidants with anticancer virtues
Most fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants: beta-carotene, polyphenols, etc. They thus have a protective effect against cancers (neutralization of free radicals) and cardiovascular diseases by limiting the risk of stroke, atherosclerosis, thrombosis, embolism, cataracts, etc.
They would also reduce high blood pressure as well as the level of LDL-cholesterol (the “bad”). So many good reasons to regularly consume fresh fruit and vegetable juices!
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices help to drain and detoxify the body
This is another virtue of fresh juices (in particular herbal juices: barley grass, wheatgrass, sunflower sprouts, sesame, etc.). They have a beneficial draining effect of detoxifying the liver, the gall bladder, the kidneys, but also the intestines and the skin!
Fresh juice cures (as a single diet over a few days, or as a supplement, for a few weeks) are often recommended by naturopaths, especially when the seasons change (spring and autumn).
Fresh juice and digestion
It is proven that vegetables and fruits, when consumed in the form of juice, are better taken in by our digestive system. Indeed, in the form of liquid, fruits and vegetables are more digestible, and their nutrients are more quickly assimilated by the body and do not have to make a big digestion effort. They are, therefore, particularly useful for patients and convalescents, or in case of loss of appetite. Taking about twenty minutes before a meal, they have aperitif properties by stimulating gastric secretions.
Features to consider before you buy a juicer under $300
To choose juicers under 300 that best suit your needs, you must take into account a series of purchase criteria. For example, the potential of the engine, the capacity of the container, the quality of the manufacturing materials, the ease of cleaning, and the extra performance, among other factors. Here are the factors to consider to choose an inexpensive juicer.
Centrifuges, like the Cuisinart CJE-1000, have an operating system that shreds fruits through their toothed blades into the lower part of the spinning sieve basket. Their spinning force helps separate the pulp of the fruits from the juice. They then dump these pulps into the provided bin, with the juice filtering through the jug or container.
Juicers often have two speeds for hard or soft fruits and vegetables. High-end devices sometimes also include a disc for soft fruits. This allows you to get juices from fruits such as berries.
Buying a more expensive juicer can mean you get a higher quality motor, more durable metal rather than plastic parts, and a longer warranty. In general, the price will act on the lifetime.
Advantages of the centrifuge
- Juicing is quick and often requires fewer chopping of the fruits and vegetables before centrifugation.
- It is cheaper than masticating juicers.
- Less bulky and a bit easier to maintain.
Disadvantages of a centrifuge
- Not great for green vegetables, berry fruits, and wheatgrass.
- Heats the juice and makes it oxidize faster
- Masticating juicer
These are generally more expensive. Note that they are available mainly online or in specialty cookware stores. They crush fruits by using slowly spinning gears and squeeze the juice through perforated sieves. They use either a toothed wheel that presses against the housing or two gears meshing onto each other.
Also, masticating juicers are very versatile. You can use some as choppers or grinders for coffee. You can also use them to make pasta or ice cream. When you add extended warranties, they can be worth the steep upfront price. An example of a good masticating juicer is the AOBOSI AMR8825.
Advantages of a masticating juicer
- Quieter to use
- It is suitable for wheatgrass, leafy greens, and berry fruits.
- You can also use it to prepare other foods
- It produces fresh, long-lasting fruit juices with no risk of oxidation.
Disadvantages of a masticating juicer
- Slow motor
- Lots of components to clean
Manual or electric?
Is an electric juicer better than a manual one? The first juicers were, of course, manual. And today they are still very much available on the market. Instead of the motor that turns the head, it is a matter of applying pressure with your own hands to extract the juice.
Now, beyond achieving more or less the same results, the emergence of electric models has been very successful. The electric juicers facilitate the extraction task, that is, they require no effort. While manual ones are cheaper, the electric ones are also very accessible and are worth the price for the speed and simplicity of use. If you have a large family, you will appreciate the advantage an electric centrifuge or masticating type offers to prepare many glasses in a short time.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of an electric juicer compared to a manual juicer? Manual extractors are household appliances that work through a mechanism that presses (crushes) the fruit or vegetables to expel as much juice as possible. It is, therefore, a different mechanism than an electric juicer. The advantage of an extractor is that it does not apply heat or speed, which favors a higher quality juice and better conservation.
The main disadvantage of a manual juicer compared to an electric juicer is the extraction process time. Take the Hamilton Beach 932 as an example. Although it has an heavy-duty steel construction, you can’t process many fruits at a time. If you like to have your glass of juice every morning for breakfast, the manual extractor is not highly recommended, especially if you are in a hurry. Usually, it can take up to fifteen minutes of homework.
The container must be of the right capacity so that the whole process is simpler. The best ones are those made of stainless steel, both for their useful life and for their ease of cleaning. If you plan to use your electric juicer a lot, ensure that it has a capacity greater than 150 milliliters. Also, check if it has an anti-drip nozzle to pour the juice.
Power and speed
The power of the extractor motor is expressed in watts. You may want to make a comparison of these features before buying. But you may be missing the point. For centrifuges, what matters is above all is the number of rotations per minute. You can have as much as 20,000rpm, depending on the watt rating, which shouldn’t be less than 1000 watts. However, for masticating juicers like the AICOK AMR521, the slower it is, the better the quality of juice will be. A slow rotation ensures that the majority of the nutrients present in your fruits and vegetables are retained.
The dimensions and weight
If you have a lot of space, this is less important. For those with limited space, we recommend that you pay attention to. Can the juice extractor be placed on your counter alongside your other appliances? Can it be stored in one of your cupboards easily? Also, if you want to juice on the move, or include the device in your summer list for camping, then you have to choose compact and lightweight models like the Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Citrus Juicer.
Several materials can be used in making these products. The most common are durable plastics and glasses for the bases and containers. Then stainless steel is used for specific components.
Also, pay attention to the environmental and health considerations. It is, of course, preferable to opt for juice extractors without bisphenol A. Some have recyclable components, which is also a plus that should not be ignored at the time of your purchase. For electrical products, we recommend that you verify their compliance with regional safety regulations, depending on your country or state.
Components and accessories
Some juicers are pre-assembled and have functional units where the issue of accessories and components may be less of a priority. However, others, especially some vertical models, are sold with different parts that you can assemble yourself. You can have at least one or more sieves. Like the Pohl+Schmitt Deco-Line Citrus Juicer, having a citrus juicer with more than two cones lets you have the versatility to juice any size of fruit. Other accessories can be added, in particular, to increase the versatility of the device.
Also, take into account any additional purchases you may have to make. Some juicers are sold without a container for the juice or pulp, which requires you to have your own. Even if it is not a big investment, it can justify the purchase of a model, a little more expensive but better equipped.
Some more expensive juicers offer a lifetime warranty on some specific parts. However, for the best juicers under 300, a good warranty coverage should start from 3 years and above. The AICOK AMR521 and the Cuisinart CJE-1000, with three years warranty each, offer the best warranty coverage in this review. It’s also advisable to choose a model with at least a 30-day guarantee satisfaction.
Finally, even if aesthetics have no direct influence on performance, choose a product that you like and that you want to have on your counter, and use regularly. Otherwise, you might just leave it out and not really enjoy your purchase as it doesn’t add any decor to your counter space or kitchen.