When it comes to juicing, there are 2 things that the brands will try to sell you on, and generally, it’s either/or. They will either try and sell you on speed, or they will try and sell you on health benefits. There is a valid reason why we can’t have the best of both at once, which I will get to in a minute, but basically, this is what you want to keep in mind when choosing a juicer.
When the juice is extracted from fruits, vegetables, and soaked grains at a slower speed, it will have more health benefits for the main reason that no or little heat was generated in the extraction of the juice thus ensuring a juice which is full of the enzymes and vitamins which were in the original food. When a juicer has a mechanism that allows it to juice more speedily, it will inadvertently create heat and will lose some of those health benefits which you were juicing to try and get! So, in our opinion, slow juicers are better.
A slow juicer is often referred to as a “masticating juicer” because with the auger or twin gear mechanism it actually chews/grinds up the food. Thus, it is a little like mastication – that is, the chewing of your teeth!
A juicer that juices slowly may take some adjusting to if you are used to a centrifugal juicer which churns out your juice in no time. But, in the longer term, the health benefit to you will pay off, because it is hard to get many living enzymes into your diet, since mostly we cook our food and drink pasteurised milk, so a true raw juicer will give you long term health benefits that you may not necessarily taste if given two glasses, one of each (although you might – studies have shown that the difference in taste and colour can be noticeable by the naked eye/tongue so to speak!) but you will reap the reward when your body subtly gets more of what it needs.
Slow and steady wins the race – we vote, get a masticating juicer machine.