Thursday, March 7, 2013

juice and juicers...

I'm in the market for a new juicer.  I've had a Lalanne Power Juicer for about 6 or 7 years and since I've been juicing more, I am not happy with the quality of juice I'm getting (see all that foam?) and more importantly, the quality of the resulting pulp.  Instead of fully extracted, dry pulp I'm left with a mushy mess and a waste of my organic veggies.  In a perfect world I should be making crackers out of this leftover mess, but that has yet to happen!

Fresh, organic juices furnish all of the nutrients required for the body to heal itself, but the quality of that juice is determined in part by the method of extraction.  Juicing is a major aspect of the Gerson Therapy program and in the book The Gerson Therapy it is noted that "for any individual as well as for someone in a state of good health, drinking fresh-made juices processed from organically grown fruits and vegetables frequently through each day is critical to renewing or maintaining wellness."  The Gerson Therapy has brought about healing for tubercular, cardiovascular, cancerous, diabetic, arthritic, and other patients suffering from degenerative diseases.

The authors write about different types of juicers and recommend a Triturator (Grinder)/Press Combination in which the juice is first ground into pulp and then pressed for extracting the greatest amount of enzymes.  This seems to be the 'holy grail' of juicers (picture the clouds parting and a choir singing in the background 'aaaaahhhhhhh') and most effective choice for those healing from cancer or other disease, but starting at well over $2,000.00, it's out of my price range at the moment! 

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After a little research it seems that the next best thing would be a Green Star or Green Power juicer, which uses a twin gear press for extraction and is able to get juice from leafy greens and wheatgrass with ease.  I also read that it makes an easy job of making coconut cream or milk (as well as other nut butters and for grinding sprouted grains+++), which is a huge advantage for me.  It is shown to extract a substantially higher quantity of minerals than other popular juicers and there is a dramatic reduction in the rate of juice oxidation because of it's combined use of magnetism and slow rotational speed.  The Green Star GP-E1503 Green Power Gold Juicer retails on Amazon for $499, which is getting better...

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Third in line seems to be a tie between am Omega Vertical Juicer or a Hurom Slow Juicer.  Both of these models utilize a slow, single auger design that uses dual stage processing which crushes and then presses for maximum extraction.  These models are also meant to work well for leafy greens and wheatgrass as well and are compact for storage.  They both retail for about $300.00 and would be good juicers to start with.   

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I'm still deciding, but will probably go with the Green Star since it would be more of a workhorse for me in the kitchen.  I'll leave you with a short film of Charlotte Gerson on how the Gerson Therapy came about (love her) and my all-time favorite juice recipe!

My Favorite Juice

equal amounts organic carrots and organic granny smith apples
(about 3 carrots and one apple)
1/2 organic lemon
1" peeled ginger


Please comment if you have experience, good or bad, with any of the juicers featured in this post or a different model!  Thanks!

More information on juicers:
discount juicers youtube channel
kristen's raw juicer review

 *This post is part of Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade

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