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Juicing can be a bit of a trendy term.
We hear SO much information about whether or not we should include FRESH juice into our diets that it can get a bit confusing. Here is a simple breakdown of what exactly juicing is, why we should (or shouldn’t) jump on board and a basic breakdown of what to look for if you are in the market to buy a juicer.
[BTW: I am excited to offer you a $50 coupon code [DANIGREEN50] for the juicer I am using in this video, so if you are thinking about buying a juicer, be sure to take advantage of this amazing deal!].
What is Juicing?
Essentially, when you make fresh juice, you are pressing all of the juice out from the produce and then discarding the pulp, which is actually the insoluble fiber that’s left behind. So technically the juice is the water and most of the nutrients that the produce contains.
If you were blending or making a smoothie, you would pulverize all of the produce, including the pulp, so you would have thicker, heartier drink that would still include all of the fiber.
What are the Benefits of Juicing?
The upside of removing that pulp (aka juicing) is that your body doesn’t have to break down and digest all of the insoluble fiber that comes with the quantity of produce that goes into making a glass of juice. So it’s much easier and immediate for the body to process and absorb all of the nutrients and enzymes that it is taking in. I like to think of juicing as a way to fast track nutrients into our cells and our body.
It’s an easy, convenient, tasty way to get more veggies and fruits into your life. And while blending and juicing are both worth incorporating into your diet, juicing is especially good for anyone who is tired, stressed, ill, feels a cold coming on or is just worn down because it offers a quick and easy boost of nutrients into the system.
However, it is important that you focus on vegetables if you want to juice on a regular basis. Studies show that fructose, the primary sugar in fruit juice, actually promotes insulin resistance and heart disease. This is not the same as eating whole fruit because of the fiber content. So when you are juicing focus on veggies and use fruit like some green apple just to sweeten and round out the flavor of your juice!
And finally, I want to be clear that personally, I’m not a huge fan of cleanses and juice detoxes, especially not for weight loss. I would much sooner recommend eating a well balanced, clean diet, consistently over time (that includes green juice and the occasional brownie or burger) opposed to binging and then trying to detox or cleanse to make up for it.
What To Look For in a Juicer?
The biggest decision you need to make is whether you buy a centrifugal juicer or a masticating juicer.
- Work at a high speed and use a spinning motion to grind the produce to a pulp and the spinning motion forces the juice away front he pulp
- Tend to be less expensive but they also tend be less efficient
- On the noisier side
- Kneads and grinds the pulp and squished the juice out of the produce
- More versatile, not only do they juice but they can make things like pasta, baby food and nut butters but they are also more expensive
- Work at lower speeds and tend to be quieter
- Much more efficient at juicing dark leafy greens
A few other things to keep in mind when you are buying a juicer is how easy it is to clean and do you have a place to store it?!
So bottom line is if you are seriously thinking about incorporating juicing into your daily or weekly routine, I think its worth it to go for a masticating juicer. On the other hand if you are just wanting to test the waters and are not sure about how committed you want to be, then you can go with a less expensive juicer and always upgrade down the road then if you find you really like it.
The juicer that I own is a masticating juicer, it’s the Green Star Elite Juice Extractor and what I really like about this model, is that it is quiet, the gears rotate at 110rpm which is nice and slow so it prevents the machine from heating up and destroying any of the enzymes in the juice.
If you are interested in buying this juicer, you can find it HERE. And I am super excited to offer you this coupon code which will save you $50. Just enter DANI GREEN50 when you checkout.
Be sure to watch the video below because I prefer talking over writing so I go into more details there PLUS I share the recipe for my favorite green juice.
Now, I would love to hear form you guys! Do you juice? Do you like juicing, do you not? Is it something you’ve been thinking about? If you have and thoughts, ideas or questions about juicing I would love to hear all about t them down in the comments below!