Benefits of a Commercial Masticating Juicer
There are several health benefits to including fruits and vegetables in your diet. Some people find it hard to eat fruits and vegetables and prefer juicing as an alternative way of consuming them. If you’re going to start juicing, you have the choice of getting either a commercial masticating juicer or a centrifugal juicer. These juicers are functionally different, but this post will focus on masticating juicers.
What is a Masticating Juicer?[azrev_img_box asin=”B001L7OIVI” align=”left” size=”m”][/azrev_img_box]A masticating juicer (also called a macerating juicer) is a machine that extracts juice from fruits or vegetables using an auger or gear. The auger spins and crushes your fruits and vegetables and releases the juice into the container. The rate at which the auger spins (for most commercial masticating that’s 80 to 100 revolutions per minute) makes masticating juicers efficient in producing more nutrient-rich juice from the produce than conventional juicers.
Masticating juicers are also referred to as slow or cold juicers and the juices produced as cold pressed. There are claims that the auger rotates at a slower rate and doesn’t cause any heat, implying that the nutrients and enzymes are not exposed to the heat of a faster juice extraction process. However, this claim is not true and is not backed by scientific evidence.
What the Benefits of Using a Masticating Juicer?
Masticating juicers squeeze the most out of your fresh fruits and vegetables, resulting in the extraction of more vitamins and minerals than centrifugal juicers.
Here are other benefits of using a commercial masticating juicer:
The slow mastication process requires more time to blend and “chew” the fruits or veggies, but this is beneficial in that fibers and cells are more efficiently broken down during the process. This results in the release of a greater quantity of nutrients in the plant cells and membranes.
If you use a commercial masticating juicer and a centrifugal juicer and compare the juice produced, you will notice that the juice from a masticating juicer is richer and more colorful than that obtained from a centrifugal juicer. That’s because contrary to a masticating juicer, a centrifugal has less time to completely break cells and release the nutrients. Also, a centrifugal juicer incorporates air, which causes oxidation of the juice, making it discolor more quickly.
Since the masticator has done most of the job, your digestive system needs less time and energy to break down and absorb the nutrients.
This is a bit of a controversial issue because most reviewers and manufacturers claim that masticating juicers produce more juice than conventional ones. In fact, some manufacturers claim that a commercial masticating juicer extracts 15 to 20% more juice than a centrifugal juicer. However, this claim is unsubstantiated.
The quantity of juice produced varies depending on the type of juicer and ingredient used. For example, a centrifugal juicer might be more efficient than a masticating juicer for carrot yield. Conversely, that same centrifugal juicer might yield less juice than a masticating juicer when leafy greens are used.
Generally, if you juice leafy greens in a masticating juicer, the yield would be greater than if you did it in a conventional juicer. A masticating juicer will crush and literally squeeze out all of the juice from the veggie, and the pulp is drier than when you use a conventional juicer.
Longer Shelf Life
Juices made using a commercial masticating juicer tend to have a longer shelf life than those from a conventional juicer. This is because masticating juicers do not cause oxidation of the juice, which is typical with centrifugal juicers.
Worried about the type of fruit or veggie to use in a commercial masticating juicer? No worries, a masticating juicer can take a wide range of fruits and veggies.
Masticating juicers will work perfectly well even with veggies such as celery, parsley, lettuce, and spinach. Conventional juicers can do the job too but they’re not as efficient as masticating juicers.
Masticating juicers are extremely quiet as you can see in the video below.
It is not surprising that a centrifugal juicer makes that much noise because its blades rotate at an extremely high speed to cut everything in the processor.
You can do so much more with a masticating juicer. In addition to juicing fruits and veggies, you can use it to make pasta or breadsticks. Some persons have even used it to make ice cream.
What Should You Look for in a Commercial Masticating Juicer?
There are several things to consider when purchasing a masticating juicer. No, it is not the rpm. Most people looking to purchase a masticating juicer aim for the quality and quantity of the juice. Some unscrupulous sellers claim that the slower, the better. However, it is more complicated than that, as the quantity and quality of juice are determined by how well the plant fibers are crushed and how the juice is extracted from the pulp.
Another important consideration to consider is the price. You can purchase a good quality masticating juicer at a relatively affordable price. However, you’ll have to deal with some cons such as hand washing and a smaller chute. More expensive slow juicers typically come with more perks (though not always).
Finally, when purchasing a juicer, some people also look for a quiet machine that they can operate even in the early hours of the morning without worrying about noise. Fortunately, some masticating juicers operate at less than 60 decibels.
What Can You Juice with a Masticating Juicer?
You can use a commercial masticating juicer to juice a wide range of fruits and veggies. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of produce that you can use in a masticating juicer:
- Barley grass
- Bell pepper
- Ginger root
Masticating juicers offer the best performances and they can also efficiently process a wider range of juicing ingredients than centrifugal juicers. Now that you know what to expect from using a masticating juicer, you need to do more research to find a masticating juicer that works for you best.