Juicing 101


Until last night when I was reading Ultimate Juicing by Donna Pliner Rodnitsky did I realize that there are different types of juicers and how well they suck juice out of the fruits and vegetables you throw at it. This book is okay. I didn’t realize it was written in 2000. It’s recommendations for juicers is out of date, but I took care of that below. I’m not recommending juicers, but gave you a link to a juicing web site that handles anything you’d like to know. In fact, PLEASE, go to justjuice.org BEFORE you buy a juicer. There are so many variables I wish I had known before I bought mine.

The different types are: manual, centrifugal, masticating (single gear) and triturating (twin gear).

Manual – just add elbow grease. Manual juicers are very basic tools that serve to squeeze juice out of a fruit. Most are just for citrus or wheat grass. (I’m finding out that wheatgrass is like some sort of super-nutrient grass). YES, if you are gluten-allergic or intolerant, you can drink wheat grass. The bad stuff is in the wheat berry, not the grass. *see wheat grass NOTE below…

Product Description on Amazon for a manual juicer: The Healthy Juicer is the easiest, most efficient and most affordable manual wheatgrass juicer available. Designed to handle leafy greens( spinach, kale, cilantro, collard greens, parsley…). There are two types of juicers on the market today. Centrifugal and masticating (meaning to crush and squeeze). The main benefit of a masticating juicer is that it crushes the fruits and vegetables as opposed to shredding them as your average centrifugal juicer does. Have you ever tried to juice leafy vegetables such as parsley, spinach or even cabbage in a centrifugal juicer? A good portion of it is wasted and just passes through as these juicers do not have any crushing ability. Vegetables are expensive today, especially organic ones. Why throw your money away by not extracting as much juice and nutrients as possible from them? (see the Lexen Products Healthy Juicer on Amazon)

Centrifugal – Centrifugal juicers are named for the way they work. These juicers produce juice by using a cutting blade to first chop up the produce and then spin the produce at a very high speed, sort of like how a washing machine wrings out the water from wet clothes. There is a strainer basket with little holes that allows the juice to pass through, while keeping the pulp behind. Even if the centrifugal juicer doesn’t extract the full juice out of produce, it is fast, efficient, and really easy to use. It’s perfect for someone who does not have a lot of time to juice but still wants a fresh cup or two every once in awhile.

Single Gear (Masticating) – These juicers have a single gear or auger with blades that basically chews up and crunches the fruit or veggies into pulp, releasing juice in the process. This crunching process is a highly effective way of breaking down the hard, fibrous cell walls of fresh produce and produces a high juice yield and very little, very dry pulp. This type of juicer is S-L-O-W. JustJuice.org says that this type of juicer is their favorite, especially when recommending to beginning juicers. Single gear juicers produce less waste, and over time, the money that you spend on produce adds up. They believe it’s better to spend a bit more on a juicer that gives more, rather than save on a juicer and continuously waste my produce.

Twin Gear (Triturating) – The twin gear triturating juicers are the champions of the juicer world – they are the top-of-the line, cream-of-the-crop in juicing machines. These juicers extract fresh juice from produce using twin gears that interlock with each other while rotating inwards – crushing everything you put between them into a very dry pulp. These juicers are ideal for someone for whom price is not an issue and who just wants a top-quality, versatile juicer that will do everything, and do it well.

Thought the above was enough information for a life-time. Let me throw in a wrench–What about smoothie machines? Hmmmm.

In fact, justjuice has an article on 5 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Juicer. Man where was this web site when I was investigating. How do you choose?  This makes me feel better–my Breville made their top juicer under $200 list!

As an IBS sufferer, I had to decide between a juicer and a smoothie maker. I chose the juicer because the nutrients are much more easily digested and won’t upset your stomach. AND, I’ve found if you want your juice more like a smoothie–get out your trusty blender, throw in the pulp from the juicer and some of the juice and voilá you have a smoothie! I’m so smart–sometimes I surprise even myself with what I think up!

Wow Moment!

Drinking three 8-oz glasses of juice can provide the nutritional benefits of up to 3 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables!

DID YOU KNOW?…organic farming is based on a system of agriculture that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of chemical fertilizers, in turn producing healthier plants that can naturally resist disease and insects without synthetic pesticides.
While organic produce is a better alternative to eating fresh fruits and vegetables that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides and herebicides, there is no evidence that it is any more nutritious. Hmmmm–AH, here’s the BUT, organic produce often has a richer flavor!


Oh man, this stuff IS a super food. Here are some facts about wheat grass:
These little sprigs of grass are so healthy, it’s almost scary. Here’s a little sample from its health resume:

  • Just one ounce of wheatgrass has 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids
  • That same one ounce of wheat grass has as much nutritional value as about 2.5 lbs of fresh green veggies
  • Wheat grass juice is high in chlorophyll, beta-carotene, as well as a veritable alphabet soup of vitamins: A, B-complex, C, E, and K

Here’s what sixpackfactory.com has to say about wheatgrass. I wish people would decide how to spell it! Since it is considered a vegetable in the grass stage, wheatgrass is safe for people with wheat allergies.  Juicing unlocks even more nutrients from wheatgrass, making them more concentrated and usable to the cells of the body.

One of the ingredients with major benefit in wheatgrass is chlorophyll, which has the ability to draw toxins from the body like a magnet.  Considered the “blood of plants”, chlorophyll can soothe and heal tissues internally.  The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is high in oxygen and light energy, which can provide the brain and body tissues with an optimal environment in which to function.  The chlorophyll in wheatgrass also has antibacterial properties, which can stop the development of harmful bacteria in the body.

My local Kroger doesn’t sell wheatgrass, but Whole Foods does. The manager at Kroger told me that they get wheatgrass occasionally. It’s sold by Melissa Products and comes from California and takes 10 days to get to Georgia! It may come from Melissa Products, but it’s not listed on their web site!

Drink your sunblock?

I came across this article on Natural Vitality Livings web site. You will have to tell me how good it tastes because I don’t do ginger. I’ve been juicing for about a month and have not enjoyed any drink with ginger in it. I know it’s good for digestion and your stomach, but I’ll have to get help somewhere else!

2 Tbsp goji berries (available at natural products stores)
1½ cups water
1 tsp ginger root, freshly grated
½ lemon, juiced
Raw honey to taste (optional)
Soak goji berries in water for at least one hour to soften. Pour goji berries and soak water into a blender with remaining ingredients; blend on high until completely mixed.
Pour into a glass with plenty of ice and lemon slices.
Other super-antioxidant add-ins:
açaí berry powder,
vanilla bean,
raw cacao powder,
fresh peppermint,
golden raisins,
raw cranberries,
For more on Sarah Britton, visit her blog, My New Roots.

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