It’s common for people to see the wide variety of juicers out there and become intimidated. There are mainly two different types of juicers. Centrifugal and masticating juicers. Masticating juicers are also called slow juicers or cold press juicers.
Centrifugal juicers are the most common type of juicer. They are quick and easy to use and offer significant health benefits when used regularly. The first juicer I bought was a centrifugal juicer, and I still use it quite often.
When it comes to centrifugal juicers, there are a lot of myths. One of the common questions from people who want to start their juicing journey is “Do centrifugal juicers kill nutrients”?
The answer is: Yes, juices made with centrifugal juicers have fewer nutrients than ones made with cold press juicers. However, the difference isn’t huge. Cold-pressed juice usually contains 15% more vitamins. That shouldn’t stop you from buying a centrifugal juicer. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of juicers. I am going through them right here, and I’ll show you some of them.
Do Centrifugal Juicers Kill Enzymes?
I have read that the high-speed friction in a centrifugal juice heats the enzymes and kills them. It’s nonsense. Most enzymes will not be destroyed until temperatures exceed 140° F. Time also matters. If you heat juice for a fraction of a second, nothing will happen.
If you measure the blade temperature of a centrifugal juicer with an infrared thermometer, you will notice that the temperature rarely exceeds 80° F.
The only thing to worry about is oxidation. Oxidation occurs with all type of juicers, but the juice extracted from slow juicers tends to oxidize slower.
How Does a Centrifugal Juicer Work?
Centrifugal juicers chop up the fruits and vegetables by using a fast-spinning metal blade. It spins at a speed of 3,000 to 22,000 RPMs depending on the juicer. The fruits and vegetables are forced against the juicing strainer, and it separates the juice from the pulp through the use of centrifugal force. Pretty much the same way a washing machine works.
There are tiny little holes in the juicing strainer where the juice passes through. The liquid is collected in a container, and the pulp builds up in the strainer. With a very cheap juicer, you will have to stop about every two glasses of juice to clean it out.
I recommend you purchase one with a pulp extractor. These will save you a lot of time. An extractor will expel the pulp thereby allowing you to create more juice quicker. I’ve created a guide that will help you find your perfect juicer. These juice extractors all come with a pulp extractor and some of them cost less than $60: Guide to Getting Your First Juicer.
Advantages of Centrifugal Juicers
Centrifugal juicers are the most popular choice and thus widely available. You find them at every department and electronic store. Most of the juicers are easy to use, and cleanup is a breeze. In most cases, centrifugal juicers have fewer parts than cold press juicers. You can usually toss all the pieces in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
Because they are so widely available, centrifugal juicers tend to be less expensive compared to other types of juicer. It’s the perfect juicer for beginners. You can get started with less than $60.
The juice output is faster than using a cold press juicer. That’s why cold press juicers are also called slow juicers. Always choose a centrifugal juicer with a wide mouth food chute. It minimizes the amount of time spent preparing, as you can insert whole fruits.
Disadvantages of Centrifugal Juicers
There are also a few disadvantages to centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers are way less efficient at juicing leafy greens like kale, spinach, or lettuce. If you want to juice wheatgrass, parsley or mint often, consider getting a cold press juicer. You will get almost no juice out of it using a centrifugal juicer. Check out: Best Juicers for Leafy Greens.
In general, centrifugal juicers are less efficient in juice extraction than cold press juicers. The pulp of my centrifugal juicer is always wetter than the one from my cold press juicer. No matter what you juice, you will get less juice out of the fruits and vegetables you put in.
Because centrifugal juicers spin at a very high speed, the juicers are noisy. The fast-spinning blades also produce more friction and heat and incorporate more air in the juice. The more the juice is exposed to air the quicker it will oxidize. The oxidation process eliminates some of the nutrients and minerals and causes the juice to spoil more quickly.
It’s always best to drink juice from a centrifugal juicer within 20 minutes. Although the juice extracted can be stored in an airtight glass container for up to 24 hours, oxidation will lower the nutritional value of your juices. Learn more: How Long Does Fresh Juice Last
Centrifugal juicers also destroy some of the vitamins during the juicing process. If you are juicing huge amounts every day and mostly use organic produce, a cold press juicer may be the smarter choice.
Centrifugal vs. Cold Press Juicer: Which One is Right for You?
A juicer can only add vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to your diet if you use it regularly. The best juicer is the juicer that you will use.
So the question is, how much do you want to spend? And more importantly: How much time are you willing to invest in juicing?
If you are beginning to juice, I would always recommend a centrifugal juicer. It’s so much more convenient to use. You can still add a cold press juicer later on.
Some of the cold press juicers are so complicated to operate and clean that they probably end up collecting dust in a dark corner of your kitchen cabinet. Having juice from a centrifugal juicer is far better than having no juice at all.
If you are lacking for time and want to speed up the process, a centrifugal juicer will work best. Centrifugal juicers are inexpensive, easy to use and clean up.
If you want higher yields from your fruits and vegetables and you don’t mind spending a bit more time doing the juicing, go for the cold press juicer. I have both (in fact I have five juicers), and I rotate. If I’m in the mood for a quick juice, I use my centrifugal juicer. If I have more time and want to store the juice for up to 3 days, I use a cold press juicer.
Drinking homemade juice is way better than any pasteurized grocery store juice. It is true that cold press juicers produce less oxidation than centrifugal juicers, and oxidation plays a role in the nutritional quality. However, I recommend taking these factors lightly. You could buy the best juicer in the world, which produces the least oxidation, but what is the juicer worth if you don’t use it, because it’s one of the hardest juicers to clean? I have found that if a juicer is inconvenient to use, it won’t get used.