The Top Five Juice Extractors

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The benefits of wholesome raw fruits and vegetables are well known. Our bodies need the vitamins, minerals and fibers to lead a healthy and fit life. But try explaining that to a child. Getting an average 3-year old to eat the recommended 1.5 cups of fruits and 1.5 cups of vegetables a day can pose quite a challenge. Enter the juice extractor. What child do you know turns down juice?

Juice extractors are machines that either grate or shred produce into a pulp. Most models use centrifugal force – high-speed spinning baskets – to extract the juice. Juicers can range from $75 to $400 or more.

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro 67650 (*$60) boasts a number of great features. It packs a powerful motor and extra-large chute. Just push whole fruits and vegetables down the chute and dispense into the 20-ounce juice cup. Clean up is no-fuss with its removable pulp bin and dishwasher-safe parts.

The Breville Compact Juice Fountain BJE200XL (*$130) is fast and powerful. It features a patented 3-inch center feed tube that is said to yield 30% more juice in less time. It can even juice a whole pineapple – rind on. The juicer can produce 1-1/2 quarts of juice before the pulp container needs to be emptied. All removable parts are dishwasher-safe.

The Waring Pro PJE401 (*$160) makes quick work of just about any non-citrus produce you can imagine. The citrus attachment is not included. It also employs centrifugal force to extract juice, but the pulp remains in the basket, which will need to be emptied during juicing. The stainless-steel bowl and cover are dishwasher-safe. All other parts require hand-washing.

The Omega 4000 (*$200) is a portable, compact juicer is for heavy-duty use. The narrow chute makes chopping produce essential and parts need hand-washing. Juice is dispensed directly out of the spout into a glass and pulp is ejected into a large, removable bin. This juicer carries an unusually long 15-year limited warranty.

The Breville Elite Juice Fountain 800JEXL (*$300) separates itself from the pack with its 2-speed control for efficient hard and soft produce processing. It also features a 3-inch feeding tube, stainless-steel filter and titanium-plated cutting disk. The juicer is made of die-cast with a sleek, modern silhouette. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

*All prices are approximate.

Which Kind of Juicer is Best For You?

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Beverages available for kids today are chock full of sugars, flavorings and other useless filler designed to please the taste buds rather than nourish the body. Concerned parents can find themselves spending a lot of extra time they don’t have reading labels on juice containers to find the best options for their children. This time can be saved by investing in a juicer.

Juicers are amazing machines that convert a whole fruit or vegetable into juice. The food product of choice does not need to be cut up, sliced or peeled; the consumer simply must drop it into the feeder, push it down into the juicing machine and watch it convert into juice using either centrifugal or masticating technology. The end product is a juice that is 100 percent natural.

There are some crucial tips that should be taken into consideration when shopping for the best juicer for your money. Simply grabbing the cheapest option is not wise as they often malfunction shortly after the warranty expires. The careful shopper must first consider if they wish to purchase a masticating or centrifugal juicer.

Centrifugal juicers use tiny blades that spin very quickly and shred all of the solid material into a mash. The liquids are able to filter through the blades while waste material is stored in a bin. The preferable method is mastication. These juicers, also known as auger juicers, operate by slowly pressing the liquids from the produce. Unlike traditional orange juicers, the action is fully automated. This method is ideal as it allows the extraction of higher quantities of juice than those using centrifugal technology, and they can be purchased for under 100 dollars. The blades on centrifugal juicers are also known to destroy valuable enzymes in the juice which auger juicers protect.

Juicing has become more popular over the past decade. The benefits they offer the next generation are vast, and choosing a quality juicer can yield years of healthful satisfaction.