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Centrifugal Juicers

Centrifugal Juicers are the most popular type of juicers. They are the most affordable and the most commonly recognized by the general public. Centrifugal juicers are what come to most people’s mind when they think of a juicer and can be found in most department stores and big shop stores.  Late night television infomercials played a large role in promoting centrifugal juicers as the default or standard for fruit juicing.

Centrifugal juicers work using centrifugal force.  When produce is inserted into the food chute, it is grated into pulp.  The pulp, then, is pushed against a fine wire mesh strainer by the centrifugal force created by the high-speed spinning motion of the juicer.  The process is not dissimilar from the final spin cycle of a laundry machine.  As the wire mesh spins at high RPMs, the pulp is ejected and the juice is strained.

There are several advantages to a centrifugal juicer.  The most recognizable for most consumers is in the price.  On average, centrifugal juicers tend to be less expensive than other juicers.  Another advantage of centrifugal juicers is the speed at which fruits and vegetables can be juiced.  There are certain centrifugal juicers with wide mouth food chutes that minimize the amount of time spent prepping your fruits and vegetables, as whole fruits and vegetables can be inserted.  The amount of time spent juicing can be minimized and the amount time enjoying juice can be maximized!  Centrifugal juicers come in handy when a freshly squeezed juice meets a busy morning rush.

There are also a few disadvantages to a centrifugal juicer.  Firstly, centrifugal juicers tend to be less efficient at juicing leafy greens like lettuce, parsley, spinach, kale and wheatgrass.  If you intend to use your juicer for these types of produce, a masticating juicer, a single auger juicer or twin gear juicer may serve you better.  Another disadvantage of centrifugal juicers is that they are slightly less efficient in juice extraction than masticating juicers or auger juicers.  This is evident in the slightly wetter pulp that is left over after the juice extraction process.  Therefore, although centrifugal juicers are slightly less expensive than masticating juicers, single auger juicers or twin gear juicers, upfront, because the juice yields are less, on average, more money is spent on produce over the long term.

Lastly, the shelf life of the juice extracted with a centrifugal juicer tends to be shorter.  Due to the high speeds required from the centrifugal force of the juice extraction process, the juice becomes aerated.  Oxygen dissolves into the juice, oxidizing the juice.  The oxidation process can eliminate some of the trace minerals, enzymes and nutrients inherent in the juice and cause the juice to spoil more quickly.  Juice from a centrifugal juicer should ideally be consumed immediately after juicing for maximum nutritional value.  Although juice extracted using a centrifugal juicer can be stored, oxidation will lower the nutritional value of the juice.

In summation, the centrifugal juicer is great for those on-the-go, as they are lighter, cheaper and faster overall.  Most people are able to overlook the disadvantages of a centrifugal juicer and are happy with the results that these machines provide.  Bottom’s up!
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