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Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants needed to nourish the human body. Juicing extracts these vitamins and micronutrients delivering them in a concentrated and nutrient dense form that is absorbed quickly into the blood stream.

A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar.

Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of the vitamins and phytonutrients that are found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases.

Valuable compounds called flavonoids are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and guard against oxidative cell damage.Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of fruits and vegetables in an efficient manner and are naturally low in toxic fats, added sugars and salt.

Which juicer should I buy? They basically break down into two categories.

Fast (centrifugal) juicers spin at high rates of speed (12,000rpm) and are the most common types of juicers on the market. These juicers utilize a metal blade that spins against a mesh filter, separating juice from pulp into containers using centrifugal force. The fast-spinning metal blade generates heat, which destroys some of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables. The heat also oxidizes those nutrients, rendering the juice less nutritious. Juice made with these juicers should generally be consumed immediately to avoid any additional loss of minerals and nutrients. Price range $50-$200.

Slow (masticating or cold press) juicers extract juice by chewing, crushing and pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield possible. At 80 rpm, they don’t produce much heat allowing more nutrients to be kept intact during the juicing process. Juice made with these types of juicers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days after juicing. Price range $150-$400.

BEST OVERALL JUICER

Omega VRT350 Masticating Juicer

On AMAZON’S CHOICE list, this is one of two juicers that I own. It’s durable, easy to clean and well made. It produces delicious juice day in and day out. 

BEST BUDGET JUICER

Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer

This is a great juicer for someone looking to start juicing but not spend a lot of money to dip their toes in the pool. It’s small, lightweight and functional. 

BEST MASTICATING JUICER

Omega J8006 Masticating Juicer

This multi-purpose juicer has 3 adjustable pressure setting to handle fruits, veggies, leafy greens, and wheatgrass with ease. It also doubles as a processor.

BEST CENTRIFUGAL JUICER

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus

Extra-wide 3-inch feeder can create 8oz. cup of juice in 5 seconds. A stainless steel cutting disc and micro mesh filter extracts up to 30% more juice  than other juicers.

BEST FOR SMALL SPACES

PHILIPS MICRO MASTICATING JUICER

Also on AMAZON’S CHOICE list, this juicer is compact, self cleaning and produces a high yield of juice. It only takes up 4.5 inches of counter space. 

HONORABLE MENTION

Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer

This Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer is easy to clean, has a quiet motor, reverse function and is BPA-Free.

Two regular guys struggle to make a change in their diet and exercise habits. Years of unhealthy eating have finally caught up with them. Can Chad and Kenny survive going from fast food to fresh juice?

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