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Masticating vs. Centrifugal Juicers: What’s the Difference?

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Juicing is a relatively new trend among the health community. Most people are aware of its great health benefits and enjoy both the benefits, as well as the convenience of ingesting the daily recommended fruits and vegetables in their diet without trying to eat the whole food throughout their day. While a blender can be used to juice just fine, most juice drinkers use a juicer. But many are not aware that there are varying types of juicers that can be used, and how both of these products can be used for differing purposes. Two types of juicers are masticating and centrifugal. What’s the difference between the two, and how can each of these types affect the way the juice is produced?

Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal juicers are the most commonly purchased juicers because of their relatively cheap price and convenience. These juicers often come with an option to feed whole fruits and vegetables into the juicer that can help save time. Ultimately, they are popular because the juice is produced significantly quickly, and it does not require much effort or time on the consumer end.

The centrifugal juicer works by chopping the pieces of produce with a blade, and then spins the produce at a high rate to separate juice from pulp. The juice and pulp go through a strainer which can be emptied at a later time. This efficiency is what makes this type of juicer so popular.

However, there are cons to the quickness of the centrifugal juicer –the main one being the nutritional value. The high speed at which the blades spin can affect the essential enzymes that are important for superior health. Another con is for those juicers who like to add leafy greens – kale, wheatgrass – as this type of juicer is not able to break these greens down correctly. Because of the wet pulp that is extracted, this type of juicer also produces less juice than other types of juicers. Because of the way the juicer works with a blade, it is relatively loud when in use.

Masticating Juicers

According to JuicerCruiser, masticating juicers are less popular than centrifugal juicers because of price and the length of time it takes to produce juice. However, these types of juicers produce more juice and break down greens more efficiently. It is thought that these types of juicers produce juice of better quality.

Masticating juicers break down fruits and vegetables differently – grinding (instead of chopping) the food pieces to release both juice as well as fiber that may not be released with a centrifugal juicer. Essential enzymes are protected by these types of juicers by using a slower process that allows for cooler temperatures to ensure these enzymes are not harmed in the process.

Masticating juicers allow the juice from the produce to retain more nutrients because it isn’t chopped with blades – exposing the produce to air and speeding up oxidation. Because of the way the fruits and vegetables are juiced, more pulp is then a result. The added pulp adds more fiber and protein – which is never a negative thing. The only con of extra pulp is the juice comes out with an obviously thicker consistency. If the pulp is bothersome, straining can always fix this issue.

Unlike the centrifugal juicer, the masticating juicers are generally a lot quieter while in use, which is another added benefit.

So Which Juicer Should Be Used?

A lot like other appliances, a juicer should be chosen based on personal preference. Depending on what types of juice someone is making, what they’re willing to spend, and their personal preference, either juicer can be used to create healthy, good tasting juices. Each type of juicer has its pros – whether it is how much juice is produced, or how much money is saved when initially buying one. They both have their cons as well – loud noise while being used or a pulpier, thicker juice as the end result. Some of these pros may be cons to other people, and at the end of the day both types of juicers have the same end result – delicious, healthy juices that can assist in helping people live healthier lives.