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Common misconceptions about juicers - part 1

There is a lot of conflicting information online regarding juicers. But what is fact and what is hype? Take a look at these four common misconceptions about juicing.

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Do a search for "best juicer" online, and you will get more information that you can imagine. You will also see many so-called "facts" which seem logical at first glance, but in actuality aren't true.

Honestly there is no "best juicer", as everyone has different needs, criteria, and budgets. At EUJUICERS, we want to provide honest and unbiased information so you chose the juicer that is best for you. In this article, we will dispel some of the most common myths about juicing so you can make a better-informed decision.

 

Juicer power

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MYTH: More power in a slow juicer equals better results

FACT: Wattage is mostly irrelevant in slow juicing. Torque (twisiting force) is more important.

In high speed appliances like blenders, food processors, or centrifugal juicers, wattage is indeed inportant. These type of appliances depend on high rpm - up to 20,000 in blenders - which need high wattage motors. Slow juicers operate at much lower rpm - generally between 40 and 110. In these cases a high-torque 150 watt motor is more than enough to process even tough things like carrots or making nut butters. Some cheap juicer manufacturers will compare their juicers to top brands, claiming their higher watt output gives superior results. This simply isn't the case as these motors are often low-torque which stop or make a burning smell when used for more than a few minutes. The top brands from South Korea are equipped with high-quality motors ranging from 150 watts to 240 watts, and we've seen no performance differences between those. 

Juicer speed

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MYTH: The lower the RPM, the more nutrients are extracted.
 
TRUTH: There is no evidence that the speed differences in individual slow-speed models have an effect on the nutrient content of the juice.
 
A juicer running at 43 rpm extracts the same amount of nutrients as a juicer at 80 rpm, but it will do it twice as slowly. However, the juice may be more clear (it also depends on the design of the juicing screen). It is true that slow-speed juicers generally extract more nutrients than high-speed centrifugal juicers, but that is because the centrifugal models run about 100 times faster (10,000 rpm typically) and introduce heat and oxidation.

Bisphenol (BPA) in plastic

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MYTH: All juicers are BPA-free
 
TRUTH: Most juicers produced in South Korea have been subjected to very thorough tests for many harmful substances, including mercury, cadmium, lead and also Bisphenol. In particular, we are talking about the premium juicer brands produced in South Korea like Sana, Omega, Kuvings, Angel, and Vidia. Manufacturers of these brands, according to our information, do not use Bisphenol for the production of their extruders.
 
The situation is different with juicers produced in China. Production and safety standards are not as high, and the cheaper types of plastic can contain harmful substances. Make sure to carefully check the label or product information regarding the presence of BPA in these juicers.

Juice storage

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MYTH: Juice can be stored up to 72 hours without any loss of nutrients
 
You will find varying claims of maximum storage time for juice with different slow juicers. Some will say 24 hours is the maximum time, while others claim that the juice they produce can be stored up to 72 hours with no loss of taste or nutrition. 
 
TRUTH: In our experience, refrigerated juice should be consumed no longer than 48 hours after juicing.
 
We always recommend to drink juice immediately after juicing for the best taste and nutrition, or at least within the same day. However, with proper refrigeration (from 2-4 degrees Celsius), slow pressed juice can retain most of its flavor and nutrition for up to 48 hours. This can vary basesd on the quality of the fruit (juice from overripe fruit won't last as long) and the ingredients (citrus fruits contain acid that can slow down the loss of nutrients.)
 
Note that this applies only to slow-speed juicers. Centrifugal juicers aerate the juice at 10,000 rpm, causing oxidation to begin immediately. That's why juices made in a high-speed juicer should be consumed immediately.
 

We hope this information helps you in choosing hte right juicer. We will publish part 2 soon.

Published: 16. May 2019
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