Food scientists declared recently that blending your smoothies actually does to nutrients what a flamethrower does to kobe steak – which is why juice “extractors” like the NutriBullet are a fitness fanatic’s new best friend. Minimising the amount of heat and oxygen – the sworn enemies of vitamins – added to your spirulina smoothie, it uses special blades and a lower powered 600W motor that teases the goodness out of your fruit and veg rather than smashing it into submission.
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NextOptimum 400 Slow Juicer
If you're looking for the best juicer to give your mornings a fresh lift, we've got you sorted. From Dualit to Magimix, these are the best fruit juicers to help you whizz up anything from delicious cocktails to healthy smoothies.
Firstly, let’s not confuse a juicer with a blender – they couldn’t be more different in both operation and results. A blender basically liquidises the entire fruit while a juicer extracts only the juice, leaving behind a pile of dry pulp.
There are two types of juicer: centrifugal and masticating (also known as cold press). Centrifugal juicers spin really fast (around 10,000rpm), which tends to introduce more oxygen and heat into the juice, supposedly destroying some nutrients and enzymes in the process. Cold press models, on the other hand, use a more gentle method by grinding the fruits and vegetables at very slow speed (usually around 80rpm). Cold press juice can usually be stored for up to 72 hours in a fridge while juice from a centrifugal model is best consumed immediately.
The main caveat with all juicers is that they’re comprised of many different parts that all need a good rinsing afterwards. This goes some way to explaining why the juicer is often considered the least used kitchen appliance of all. You buy one, use it once and then leave it in the cupboard rarely to be seen again. So, if you can’t be arsed with cleaning up afterwards (cold-press models are the most fiddly to wash), perhaps consider a blender instead which is easier to clean and probably just as healthy.
So, your juicer is sorted. But there’s probably still a long way to go until your kitchen if a fully tech-ified haven. Check out our best kettle to buy feature for the ultimate water heating appliances, along with our top list of the best slow cookers.