Choosing a Juicer Based on Type of Produce to Juice

by Betty Goodberry

Drinking fresh homemade juice is a great way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet and fresh homemade juice is healthier and more nutritious than those canned or bottle juices you purchase from your local grocery because it has not been through the process of pasteurizing which destroyed certain enzyme while preserving the fruit juice so it lasts longer. Producing your own fresh juice also allows you to enjoy more variety in the juices you drink. However, not everyone wants to juice every fruit and vegetable that they come across so knowing which juicers are designed for what types of produce will help you to make an informed decision about what is the best juicer to buy.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Juicers

Fruit and vegetable juicers are the most popular of all the different types of juicers. These juicers allow users to easily juice a variety of fruits and vegetables and make their own special juice mixtures combining several fruits or vegetables or a combination to make a new flavored juice. Fruit and vegetable juicers are designed to juice fruits and vegetables that have similar physical structures which is usually stalky types of produce with thin skins such as apples, pears, watermelon, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and onions. These juicers can also juice citrus fruits as long as the outer skins are peeled off and you juice just the fruity inner part.

  • Vegetable Juicers

Some people simply want to be able to just vegetables either for health or dietary reasons. Since the fruit and vegetable juicers don’t do an adequate job of juicing green leafy vegetables, many people turn to dedicated vegetable juicers instead. Vegetable juicers are made to handle most kinds of green leafy vegetables and herbs such as lettuce, mustard and dandelion greens, cabbage, Kale, basil, and collard greens. These juicers can also be use to juice soft skin types of fruits such as grapes and many types of berries as well.

  • Wheat Grass Juicers

Wheatgrass has a high concentration of Chlorophyll which is believed to be the lifeblood of plants and good for humans as well. Chlorophyll is believed to help strengthen the immune system and fight illness as well as build red blood cells. For this reason wheat grass juice is often suggested as part of an overall treatment for cancer. Because the structure of wheat grass is different from most fruits and vegetables most regular juicers find it impossible to break down this substance to extract the juice from it. There are both manual and electric wheat grass juicers on the market the market as well as some fruit and vegetable juicers such as Champion Juicers that come with extra attachments specifically for juicing wheat grass saving you from having to purchase two distinct type of juicers.

  • Citrus Juicers

Citrus fruit is a family of fruit such as oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime that are known for their thick outer skin. In most cases the outer skin of these citrus fruits cannot be eaten as they contain chemicals that are not digestible by the human body. In addition, the use of pesticides used to grow these fruits makes eating the skin even more of a health risk and therefore the fruit skin of most of these fruits should never be included as part of the juice. (Lemon and lime are exceptions). Citrus juicers are designed to get the most juice and nutrition from citrus fruits while keeping the skin out of the juice.

Keep in mind however, that you can juice citrus fruits in a regular fruit and vegetable juicer as long as you remove all the skin before juicing. You do, however, want to keep the white “pith” just below the skin as this adds to the nutritional value of the juice. Like wheat grass juicers, Citrus juicers come in both manual and electric styles.

 

 

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