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Juice Press vs. Electric

by Wendy K. Leigh, studioD

Extracting juice from fresh fruits and vegetables is another way to get needed vitamins and nutrients into your daily diet. The method you use for removing the juice can make a big difference in the final product that enters your body. Manual juice presses and electric versions both do the job, but with pros and cons that help tip the scales.

Back to Basics

A juice press is typically a manual contraption that allows you to use levers and your own muscle power to squeeze the juice out of fruits such as oranges, apples, peaches and melons. Fruits suit a manual press better than vegetables because of their high liquid content. It takes more energy and time to use a press instead of an electric juicer, but the cost savings are substantial. Hand-pressing your juice also retains more nutrients because there is no heat generated during the process.

Fast and Easy

Electric juicers are fast, efficient and easy to operate. They also are expensive, with the price rising according to manufacturer and features. Centrifugal juice extractors use a spinning metal blade to remove the juice from the skin, which generates heat that oxidizes nutrients and destroys enzymes in the fruits and vegetables. Cold press electric juicers, also known as masticating juicers, produce less heat so generally keep more nutrients intact. The convenience of electric juicers makes it more likely that most consumers will use them, but clean-up can be time-consuming, with multiple parts to clean and reassembly required.

About the Author

Wendy K. Leigh is a travel writer and photojournalist from Seattle. She is the Editor of Islands America, a travel website for visiting islands within the United States. She also writes about home design, food and historical architecture. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington.

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