Cold Press vs Centrifugal Juicer.

It’s entirely possible that you’re curious about buying a juicer. In case you haven’t heard, juicing is trending. We’re not talking about the Barry Bonds type of juicing, but the Jack LaLanne type. Recent claims have promised that drinking fresh-pressed juices can help you lose weight, boost immunity, prevent cancer and cleanse your system. Whether that’s entirely true remains to be seen, but it can’t hurt, right?

The only problem is deciding which juicer to buy.

Unless you’re a millionaire who can afford the original Angel Cold Press Juicer for R30000, there are two basic types of options on the market for you:

1. Centrifugal Juice Extractors

Traditionally, this is the most common type of juicer. These typically utilize a fast-spinning metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from flesh via centrifugal force. The juice and pulp are then separated into different containers. The problem with centrifugal juicers is that the fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering less nutritious juice than a cold-press juicer.

2. Cold Press Juicers (a.k.a. Masticating Juice or Slow Juicers)

These newer juicers extract juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. Because they don’t produce as much heat, they keep more of the fresh ingredients’ nutrients intact. This is closer to what you’ll get (but NOT the same) from a Blueprint type of cleanse.

After testing the juicers and doing some research, here’s what we found:

Buy a Centrifugal Juicer if:

• You use the juice mostly for cooking, baking or other processes where heat will eventually be applied
• You’re not picky about getting maximum nutrients
• You’re trying to save cash

Buy a Slow press or Cold Press Juicer if:

• You’re into cleansing, making nut milks and green juices, and you like fresh juice
• You want to pack the most nutrients into your body as possible
• You don’t mind spending a few extra bucks

Happy Juicing!