Sunday, January 30, 2011

Juice Up You Life 101: Start With the Right Juicer

Are you thirsty of fully loaded fresh juice? The easiest way to grab one is to buy a freshly squeezed orange juice like Del Monte orange juice.

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That's available in any S&R chains
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There are juice bars that you can find inside the mall too, such as fresh sugar cane, coconut water and even fruit juices. I find these stores convenient especially when I'm not in the house and I could not make my own juice.  But that's quite expensive if you are planning to make it a daily habit.  Each glass will cost you 60-110 pesos. So the best thing to do, if you commit to chug in fresh juices daily is to purchase a juicer that suits your budget. Yes, a juicer NOT a blender. You'll have a 24/7 juice bar right at the comfort of your kitchen. If you searched on the internet, there are many kinds of juicers available in the market. Depending primarily on your budget, you have a wide array of options. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. But here's how I chose mine. 

There are three general kinds of juicer: Centrifugal type, Masticating type and Hydraulic Press type. 

Centrifugal type of juicer usually is the cheapest.  I started with this kind of juicer when I was a student. I bought mine in SM appliance center and cost me 2,500 pesos. However the downfall of these inexpensive juicers is they usually produce a wet pulp. Meaning, there are juices that were not extracted properly and many enzymes and nutrients put to waste.  In my experience, with 2 fuji apples I can make 1 glass of juice with the use of hydraulic type or masticating type, but with centrifugal type of juicer, I'll have to use 5 apples. Moreover, it operates in high RPM, meaning it produces heat while extracting the juice. It destroys the enzymes that we want in our juices.

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Omega juicer is one of the expensive type of centrifugal juicers but still produce wet pulp.

Masticating juicer is the one I'm currently using. It's not too cheap, but not as expensive as the hydraulic press type of juicer. It is known for its maximum juice extraction and squeezes out more juice. It operates in low RPM thus preserving most of the enzymes and nutrients.
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Hydraulic Press Type of juicer like the Norwalk Juicer is claimed to be the best. It produces 50-100% more than any other juicers. It extracts juices even from the difficult to extract vegetables such as brocolli, wheatgrass, sugarcane and many others. It preserves nutrients to every juice you made from this machine. The downfall of this juicer is it's VERY expensive. It costs around 100,000 pesos!!! But if you are interested in this kind of juicer, you may check this link: Norwalk Juicer

If you want to explore the wide array of juicers check this site. Juicers at harvest

I hope at this point, you aren't discourage yet of the prices of the juicer. It is worth the price. Like me, you can start buying the affordable centrifugal type, then save up so you can invest on masticating type of juicer. If you invested expensive gadgets such as celphones, laptops, cars,  why not invest juicer? You are investing not just for your own health but you can share it with your loved ones as well. 

So, shopping time guys? :-) Let me know what juicer you get. :-)

On my next blog, I'll be talking about what fruit or vegetable to juice and how to prepare them. :-)

1 comment:

  1. we'll be looking forward to it! :D
    it's time to choose health, choose juice!