The Juice Revolution
There’s a lot of debate around which juicing method is best, but it all comes down to why you’re juicing in the first place. This roundup will help you uncover which method best suits your lifestyle. Regardless of your choice, remember that a juice is only ever as good as its ingredients. Opt for seasonal fruit and vegetables and mix it up with fresh herbs and ginger root for added zing.
‘Centrifugal’ might sound like juicing jargon, but it actually refers to the most common machine. A metal blade spins against a mesh filter until the ingredients turn to pulp, all before the juice is separated from flesh through an outward force. Usually the most affordable option, they’re not as effective at juicing leafy greens and tend to be noisy. Also, the speed of a centrifugal machine’s blade generates heat that can both destroy enzymes and oxidize nutrients. And while some critics say that the friction created isn’t enough to produce the level of heat required to damage enzymes, that still leaves oxidization as its leading problem.
COLD PRESS (MASTICATING)
These juicers solve the oxidisation and potential heat problem by slowly squeezing and pressing fruit rather than shredding it. Although these machines run at snail’s pace compared with centrifugal alternatives, they produce green juices and nut milks with ease while maintaining nutrients. The end product also emerges less aerated and more concentrated, giving it a longer shelf life. Cold press produces greater quantities of juice, leaving behind a drier pulp and less waste. But with these advantages comes a steep price tag, plus cleaning can be more difficult than with centrifugal juicers.
Entirely different to cold press and centrifugal machines, blenders make smoothies instead of juices. Smoothies are much thicker in consistency than juice, but whether or not that’s a positive comes down to personal preference. Another way to look at it is a juicer extracts liquid from ingredients and spits out the pulp, while a blender – a machine that’s easier to clean – combines all ingredients without any waste.
Pulp is insoluble fibre. Smoothies are packed full of this fibre so they slow down the digestive process and sugar absorption in the body. Almost like a liquid meal, they keep you fuller for longer. Unlike smoothies, the nutrients in juices are absorbed faster since the pulp is removed, but rapid sugar absorption can lead to sugar spikes that can result in mood swings and irregular energy fluctuations.
Some nutritionists believe that nutrients become stuck in fibrous smoothies and pass through our systems without being absorbed. Regardless, smoothies’ sustained release of nutrients is good for the gut health.
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