Juicer Myths – Separating Fact From Fiction
When it comes to the World Wide Web it is sometimes referred to as the Wild West, because it is a land where just about anything goes. If you want you can get a website then make a claim to some of the online real estate available. Certainly in some cases it may feel like a free for all because of some of the nonsense online that is trying to look like something genuine.
There are special masticating juicers available which give you better quality juice but invariably these can only be found online and are certainly growing in popularity with those around the world concerned about their health. There are many online traders who have picked up on this and so there are going to be opportunists who will try to sell you an expensive juicer. But there are plenty of dealers around who have a real passion in relation to juicing.
But you need to be aware that there are many manufacturers and traders around who because the internet is pretty much unregulated can publish claims that aren’t all they really are in order to get your money. Therefore when you are considering buying one of these expensive masticating juicers it is a good idea to arm yourself with the right information so you can make a more informed decision and avoid all the hype.
Popular Myths Regarding Juicers
They say that centrifugal juicers destroy the enzymes in the foods. This is simply not the case and there is no scientific evidence available that is able to back this claim up. In fact the evidence provided through scientific research carried out by Michael Donaldson PhD shows that the centrifugal juicer has a lot of enzyme activity in it. So the claims that centrifugal juicers destroy the enzymes because the heat caused by the friction due to the high speeds at which it runs simply aren’t true.
Heat caused through friction requires more than just fast speeds in order for the enzymes to be destroyed the juice itself would need to be heated well above blood temperature. Currently there are no juicers available which heat juice to this level. Although the juice you get from a centrifugal juicer may have less nutrients than would be had from using a masticating juicer it is still good quality. So never use this information as a reason for buying a more expensive juicer. One of the most easy to use centrifugal juicers available today is the L’Equip XL Juicer which has the ability to take a complete apple and is convenient to use if you live in a busy home. Plus it WON’T destroy the enzymes in the food.
“The bio-magnetic gears inside a twin gear juicer improve the juice quality and its shelf life” – Surprise, surprise this claim which is yet unproven is provided by those who produce the twin gear juicers. The scientific community are still disputing claims regarding the therapeutic effect these so called bio magnets have on us. In fact a quick search online and you will discover there are plenty of websites that are unhappy with this unproven science. Certainly you would be amazed at the real reasons why some manufacturers have chosen to put “bio magnetic technology” into their equipment in the first place.
The magnets were not actually used to improve the quality of the juice. Because the gears in a twin gear juicer are very precisely machines and fit close together magnets were used to prevent the gears from clashing and sticking to each other. The shame is that twin gear juicers are actually very good juicers. If you are a raw food enthusiast or do plenty of juicing the best twin gear juicers available today are the Green Power Kempo Juicer or the range of Green Star Juicers from Tribest.
“Lower speed juicers produce better quality juice” – This is only partly true as certainly a masticating juicer produces a better quality juice than a centrifugal one does. Of course the masticating juicer does operate at a lower speed but it doesn’t follow that the reason for the juice being better is the lower speed. The speeds at which juicers operate are not controlled by the need to produce a good quality juice but rather by the design of the equipment.
So let’s keep it simple and stick to the facts. What quality juice is produced is determined by how well the juicer can break down the plant material placed in it. Also how much juice is extracted from the juicer depends on how much force or pressure is placed upon the plant material. The reason why masticating juicers run at low speeds is because the juicing action they carry out is better suited to using a low speed motor. Whilst the centrifugal juicer runs at higher speeds so enough centrifugal force is produced so that the juice can be separated from the plant material.
The quality of the juice is dependent on how well the plant material is broken down and again this will be determined by the juicing process used not the speed at which the juicer works. The main reason why there are no high speed twin gear masticating juicers on the market is it would be impossible to make them at a price that we could afford to buy them at. The quickest masticating juicer currently is the Champion juicer and this runs at 14 times the speed that twin gear juicers run at but still provides you with a very nutritious juice, so the speed of the machine is not something that you should be concerned with.
‘Up to 20% more juice’, ‘Up to three times more nutrition’, ‘Up to 30% less pulp’….. These particular terms are completely meaningless. When it comes to high quality juice extractors you should be disregarding any types of statistics or comparisons made of this equipment. Any comparison tests carried out should be done at the same time on all models in a strictly controlled environment.
Finding such independent tests is difficult. There are a few businesses which will attempt to carry out such juicer tests however there are some issues regarding their credibility. Many juicer reviews make ridiculous claims about a particular model and you need to be aware how much juice the best performing juicers produce does not vary as greatly as some manufacturers would have you believe. There are some which give more pulp in the juice than others and others which have a lot more foam on top. Each model as you will find has its own strengths, capabilities and features and so if anyone tells you that a certain model is better than the rest they are probably lying.