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My Opinions on Juicing

November 27, 2011 By: BigCheese Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

I watched a movie called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix and decided I wanted to try juicing.  I originally bought a cheap juicer on eBay for less than $60 brand new.  I figured it would give me a chance to try it out and learn more before investing in an expensive juicer that might end up being a dust collector.   I’ve learned a bit more since then and figured I’d share my knowledge in case anyone is interested in juicing but doesn’t know where to begin.

Originally, I thought I wanted a Breville stainless steel model, but after having my “Elite” for a while and reading more and more on the subject, I’ve decided that centrifugal juicers are just not the best way to go.  The high speed spinning introduces a good bit of air into the juice which causes it to be partially oxidized as the juice comes out and it must be used almost immediately or the juice loses all the good nutritional value.  In addition, the process also destroys many of the enzymes that you want in your juice.

With my “Elite” juicer, I found that after letting a glass of juice sit for just a few minutes, it separated into a more or less clear part and a colored part.  A little more research led me to buying another juicer – this time a used Champion 2000+.  Champion calls it “The World’s Finest Juicer” and many would agree.  The design hasn’t really changed since its introduction in the mid 1950’s.  It’s a single auger masticating juicer (there are also dual auger juicers now).  It operates at a slightly slower speed than a centrifugal juicer, but still powers through the fruits and veggies with ease.  The feed tube is smaller, forcing a little extra prep work, and it still has a hard time with leafy greens (but there is an attachment that makes it better or methods to get more juice from greens).  In addition, it can grate and homogenize, so you can make nut butters and sorbets in it, too.

The Champion is easier to clean and quieter than my $60 juicer, too.  When I let the juice sit, a bit of sediment settles to the bottom and there’s still some froth on top, but it never separates into clear and colored juices the way it does from the centrifugal juicer.  It gets slightly more juice from the produce and though it’s subjective and the differences are slight, I think the juice tastes better from the Champion juicer, too.

I’m truly enjoying the Champion juicer, but it is not my “dream” juicer.  That honor would have to go to the Omega VRT330.  The Omega is also a masticating juicer, but it operates at much slower speeds (somewhere around 80 rpm vs the Champion’s 1700 rpm) and the vertical design takes up less counter space.  The Omega produces less froth and handles leafy greens much better without needing an attachment.

I got my used Champion on eBay for $92 including shipping (they’re about $265 new).  You rarely see an Omega VRT used on ebay and new ones go for well over $300 (closer to $400).

Bottom line:  If you want to try juicing and don’t want the cheapest or most expensive but still want great quality juice, try a Champion.  This also assumes you’ve got the counter space for it and don’t mind hefting a 25 pound machine around.  If you just want the ultimate juicer and money is no object, get the Omega Vertical masticating juicer.  If you plan to juice mostly for flavor (while still getting some health benefits) and are not so concerned with oxidation or enzymes, try a Breville or other brand centrifugal model.

I’ve been enjoying the juicer and love the idea of getting the nutrients from so much produce without the bulk.  Now I’m just trying to work up the nerve to do a juice fast for health and weight loss.