Are juicers worth it? A documentary film, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, suggests that they are. In the film, a man who was morbidly obese and suffering from an auto-immune disease was able to reclaim his health through 60 days of the juice diet. While this basically answers the question, the subject is still worth looking into in terms of these three components: price, time, and health.
Hopefully, after reading some of the facts about juicers in this article, you will have formed a more personal answer to the question.
First Things First, What Are the Different Types of Juicers?
There are basically two kinds of juicers:
- The Centrifugal Juice Extractor. It extracts juice: (1) through a fast-spinning metal disc that grates the food and (2) by pressing against a mesh filter that separates the juice from the pulp. The juice empties in one side, while the pulp goes into a different compartment or bin. Warning: like a blender, this is a noisy kitchen appliance to work with.
In terms of price, centrifugal juice extractors are generally cheaper than cold-press juicers. In the long run, these juicers can cost more though considering that juice extraction performance is not optimal with this kind of juicer. And generally speaking, cold press juicers are more inclined to last longer.
Working with centrifugal juice extractors is also limiting as it performs poorly particularly with leafy greens and cannot handle nuts.
- The Cold-Press Juicers or Masticating Juicers. It extracts juice through a crush and press action by an auger. Juicing with cold-press juicers is a slower process compared to juicing with centrifugal juice extractors. Consequently, this means a quieter operation.
As for the price, masticating juicers are more expensive than centrifugal juice extractors. But they can save you money in the long run since there’s less wet pulp with these masticating juicers than with the centrifugal juice extractors. They are also able to work with nuts and leafy vegetables, which the centrifugal juicers are not equipped to handle.
How is a Juicer Different from a Blender and a Food Processor?
Juicers are often confused with blenders and food processors. While they are all the same in the sense that they liquefy whole foods, there are some differences worth noting.
- The end product is much thicker than what you get from a juicer. It practically liquefies whole foods, without separating the fibers from the juice unlike what the juice extractor does. It is apt for making smoothies and grinding nuts.
- Food Processor. This kitchen appliance can perform the functions of a blender and more but not that of a juice extractor. With interchangeable blades, you can puree, shred, and chop with this tool.
What basically separates these two from juice extractors is that blenders and food processors use a blade system. And, of course, because pulp and juice are not separated, they produce thicker liquids.
Now, for the Question: “Are Juicers Worth It?”
To answer the question “are juicers worth it,” let’s consider three things: the efficacy, the efficiency, and the price.
Health: The most important consideration for getting a juicer is how effective it is in raking in health benefits. Undoubtedly, fruits and vegetables are the healthiest food to eat and should comprise the biggest portion of our diet—five to seven servings a day. When you turn to juicing to achieve a portion of the target daily recommendation for fruits and vegetables, it makes a clear point that juicers make a good health investment.
Note that we said “a portion of the target daily recommendation,” not depend solely on the natural juice. Vegetable and fruit juice will provide you certain vitamins and minerals but not all. And removing the pulp itself from the produce limits you from reaching your dietary fiber allowance.
In this view, it would appear that using a blender or a food processor is a better choice. But if you really want to max out the benefits from fruits and vegetables, taking them as whole foods is the way to go.
Time: Another advantage of juicing is the convenience it offers. While it is a given that healthy eating is important, it is admittedly a lot of work. You can just imagine all the dicing, slicing, and packing you need to do.
So, if you have a juicer, all you need to do is spare a few minutes every day for a nutrient- and energy-packed drink. The juice can easily replace a bottle or can of sugary drinks and, at the same time, cover a portion of the vitamins and minerals you can get from fruits and vegetables.
Price: A decent centrifugal juicer costs less while a good cold-press juicer will sell for more. That’s a lot of money, but not really if you consider it as a trade-in for unnecessary expenses or for unhealthy food that you find yourself munching on anyway.
Is it a need? Maybe not if you already have a blender or a food processor. Yes, if you want a more palatable drink since juicers can make the leafy greens taste better through the pressing method. No, if incorporating fruits and vegetables into your meals is not a problem.
Still, natural juice is a great substitute for unhealthy, sugary drinks and a convenient way to enjoy natural produce on the go. So you may want to consider getting a juicer in this respect.
Value is a tricky and personal thing. So, the answer to the question are juicers worth it is entirely dependent on your answer to three essential questions. Do I have the budget for juicing—not only for the unit but also for the extra fruits and vegetables? Do I see myself make juicing a part of my everyday routine? Is it the best way for me to gain access to more nutrients?
Whatever your take on this, we definitely believe that health is wealth. If you can invest time, effort, and money on your health, it will provide you a great ROI—through juicing or not.