What are the differences between a masticating and a centrifugal juicer?

by Best Juicer on April 2, 2013

Juicing is a method of extracting juice from vegetables, herbs, fruits or any other plant tissues. There are several processes of juicing, from the traditional squeezing by hand to extraction using industrial equipments available in the market. People have different reasons why they prefer juicing. It can just be simply because they want to have fresh juices in their home, while others have this belief that juicing can bring healing process to one’s body. Some juicing proponents do it for some religious or spiritual reasons.

Fresh juice is so healthy especially if you make it yourself. You can take them anywhere, at home or when you are out just wandering under the heat of the sun.  Juicing is popular these days when more and more people turn to alternative medicine and procedure to relieve the body of its many impurities. Interest on the process has increased with the availability of books, videos, films, plus positive testimonials coming from regular drinkers.  The internet has also contributed to its popularity because of quick dissemination. Juicing supporters say that the process can give the following benefits:

  • Encourage weight loss
  • Maximize nutrient intake
  • Strengthen cellular defense
  • Fight diseases
  • Alleviate pain
  • Lessen the need of medication
  • Reduce the risk of major types of diseases like stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disorder, some types of cancers, metabolic syndrome and mental illness
  • Prolongs life

Various kinds of juicing tools were used centuries ago, even when juicing was not popular as it is today. Most of them were operated manually like the hand-operated grinder, barrel-shaped press, inverted cones where fruits or vegetables are mashed and twisted. Despite the evolution of technology, these hand operated juicers continue to exist even if more and more opt for electric powered juicers. A juicer separates the juice from fruits, vegetables or herbs.  There are juicers available in the market which is defined by the means of how the juice is extracted. Juicers can make use of either masticating or centrifugal method. Although both can produce juices that you crave for, it is also important to understand the pros and cons of each type.


Difference between Masticating and Centrifugal Juicer

A single gear motor or auger is utilized in masticating juicer so it means slower operation. It squeezes and grinds fruits and vegetables placed in a chute and because of this, plant fibers are being retained. The auger acts like a screw or drill bit that cuts the items into smaller sections. When the auger turns, it crushes the fruits and is squeezed against the wall of the juicer.

A spinning blade is utilized in centrifugal method. The blade is similar to a grated basket and so the operation is a little bit faster. It grinds fruits and vegetables quickly, while the pulp is discarded in a different receptacle, usually an external filter. The filter catches the small bits and allows gravity to spin out the juice.

The Advantage

The filter of the masticating juice is found in the sides of the wall and forces out the juice. The slow spinning process does not heat up the juice thereby keeping the nutrients and enzymes at an exact temperature for it to survive. You will then be drinking quite a nutritious juice.  The pulp that comes out is very dry which only means that you get more juice from the process. A masticating juicer can juice even from difficult produce.

A centrifugal juicer spins so fast, as compared to masticating juicer. The grinding blade is able to chop and grind fruits and vegetables as they are pushed to the machine. The smaller portions of these items are thrown outward into a filter. The filter is mesh type and is usually made from durable metals. This is one household equipment that is quite affordable so that more people can start juicing inexpensively.

The Disadvantage

The slow process of grinding the items can be a disadvantage of a masticating juicer. If you are in a hurry to drink your juice, you will be disappointed with this type of juicer.

Centrifugal juicer tends to heat up easily. The high speed (RPM) heats up the motor as well as the juice being extracted. A heated juice can affect its nutritional value.

Juicing can bring different effects to different people. You cannot usually say that what it does to your body will give the same to another.  Drinking juice can bring positive or negative effect on a person. There has been no scientific conclusion on the real benefits of juicing to the body especially when it comes to illnesses or diseases. Medical experts do maintain their stand that the benefits of the fruits or vegetables used in juicing yields the same nutrients even if they are consumed in its original form. If you are one of the many potential juicers, you have to check with your doctor first about your plans.



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