Useful Home Improvement Tips What is a Masticating Juicer? Pros and Cons
Juicing is one of the best ways to meet your daily requirements of minerals, proteins, and other nutrients. It not only convenient to drink and carry when you do not have the time to sit down and eat a big plate of greens or fruits but also makes the nutrients and enzymes easier for the body to absorb. Juicing breaks the food cell behind which most nutrients are locked away and will not be released unless you chew your salad well.
This makes juicers a very important tool for people who are looking for a healthier lifestyle. However, using the right juicer is necessary to get high-quality juice with more nutrients, less oxidation, and higher yield.
What is a masticating juicer?
There are majorly two types of juicers available in the market today. Centrifugal juicers are the traditional juicers that chop and spin the produce at a very high speed, using sharp blades to extract and separate the juice from the pulp. It utilizes centrifugal force to spin the chopped produce to extract the juice just like a washing machine.
Read about other Types of Juicers
Whereas masticating juicers use an auger (or twin augers) to chew or grind the fruits and vegetables to yield better quality and quantity of juice. The auger looks like a drill, where the screw blade rotates at a slow speed to insert and crush your fruits and vegetables and squeezed against the wall of the juicer to remove the drilled pulp. The juice is then collected and strained through the wire mesh. (Read more about the difference between masticating and centrifugal juicers here)
The slow turning action produces lesser friction and thus lesser heat. This preserves the nutrients that are otherwise killed due to heat exposure. The slower RPM also results in lesser oxygen getting trapped inside the produce while rotation and results in less foam and reduces the oxidation of nutrients and enzymes. Lower oxidation means that more nutrients are available without being oxidized and discolored and juice stays fresher for a longer period of time.
Pros of Masticating Juicers
Cons of Masticating Juicers
Masticating juicers (read reviews of the top masticating juicers in 2016, here) are the newer generation of juicers that do just as their name suggests.