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To buy or not to buy ... a masticating juicer.
If you are new to the juicing scene, and need some info on what kind of juicer is best for you, here are some reasons to invest in the masticating kind:
1. The #1 benefit to using a masticating juicer is the high quality juice it produces. Masticating juicers, much in the same way that your teeth chew and grind food, grind vegetables and literally squish out the juice at very low RPMs. This low speed action is said to preserve the enzymes in the juice. Conversely, some say the high speed action of a centrifugal juicer produces too much heat which then can damage or possibly kill the enzymes in the juice.
2. More efficient and saves you money. Since masticating juicers work at low speeds and with no spinning action, they tend to juice many vegetables more efficiently. A masticating juicer is especially good at juicing the very important green leafy vegetables. While a centrifugal juicer can juice green leafy vegetables, the centrifugal juicer is nowhere near as efficient as a masticating juicer in this regard. Further, because it requires less vegetables, you end up spending less on vegetables than you would with a centrifugal juicer.
3. Masticating juicers are super quiet! I really love this aspect to a masticating juicer, especially because I have 4 little children and often one or more of them are sleeping or having a nap and the centrifugal juicers are so LOUD.
4. Masticating juicers utilize augers instead of blades to break down the produce used to juice. I also appreciate this feature because I can get my kids to juice for me, while I prepare other parts of a meal. I never have to worry that they will cut or injure themselves as it is nearly impossible to do so with a masticating juicer (unlike with centrifugal juicers).
5. The clean-up is easier. I find it much easier to clean up the parts of a masticating juicer than a centrifugal juicer. Masticating juicers often have smaller parts and thus, there is less to clean.
6. Very versatile. Finally, it's also worth noting that a masticating juicer is much more versatile, in many regards, compared to a centrifugal juicer. Since a masticating juicer squeezes the items you put into it, you can also use a masticating juicer to make baby food, fresh pasta, ice cream and nut butter.
So, that's quite a bit of info on this very unique and wonderful juicing machine. For years I have owned both a centrifugal and masticating juicer. I like having the choice - when I'm in a rush, I use my Breville (centrifugal) and when I can spend some time juicing I use my Omega 8001 (masticating).
Hope this helps with making the big decision to buy a juicer.
Peace and make a green juice today!