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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #60 on: December 29, 2006, 08:40:44 AM »
I've been thinking about getting a juicer.  But all the information I find is very conflicting.  Some say juicing is very healthy, some say it is too much sugars, some say it is ok to do.  I dont know what to think.  They are pretty $$$ so I hate to buy one if it isnt really worth it.  Is there much nutritional difference between juicing and just eating raw veggies?    Has anyone that juices noticed any significant health improvements?  Also, can you juice veggies and then add the pulp back into it or use the pulp for something else?  I also worry because I dont have access to organic veggies, so is juicing still healthy if it isnt organic?  I was thinking about trying to grow some carrots indoors in big pots, but I dont know if it will work.

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2007, 05:21:46 AM »
I've been reading "Eat Fat:  Lose Fat" and according to this book, you shouldn't be eating your veggies raw.  According to the author some raw veggies are ok, but that the minerals that should be available to you in veggies will not become bio-available until the veggies are cooked.  Just thought I'd throw that out there.  I don't believe anyone else has mentioned this.
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #62 on: April 21, 2007, 10:49:27 AM »
If you don't eat your veggies raw then you wont get the vitamins you need from them and will have to supplement with pills, I would MUCH rather eat the veggies raw, the way God intended then to cook them and have to take vitamins.

My husband bought me a new juicer two days ago and I love it! It is aJack La'Lannes Powerjuicer and I have used it probably 10 times already since he bought it! I have also defiantly noticed a difference since I am drinking so much more juice, and in essence eating more veggies and fruit like carrot apple and also I other veggies. I am more regular for bowel movements and I have a lot more energy.

Our old juicer was actually a borrowed one and was a "top brand" I forget which brand, I never used it because there was SO many parts and it took 45 minutes to clean! My new one only takes a quick rinsing of all the parts, and the last time I use it for the day I wash it in soapy water. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is made out of white plastic and already the carrots have made a very orange stain in the plastic.

We got our juicer 10% off at Bed Bath & Beyond for $89.00. We weren't sure at the time if it would be worth the money, but it has more than proven itself to be worthy. They are regularly $99.00

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #63 on: May 29, 2007, 03:09:36 AM »
Has anyone ever frozen their vegetable juice?  As I mentioned on page one of this thread, we juice greens almost every day (I have an omega and love it) but now we've got all our lettuce and spinach from the garden and it's just TOO MUCH TO EAT lol  So I was thinking I could juice it and then freeze the juice in ice cube trays or something.  Do you think this would compromise the nutrients in the juice?  And I wonder if I should blanch it first.  Hmmm...maybe I will post this in the food preserving thread, too, if there is one.
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #64 on: June 20, 2007, 04:36:38 PM »
I've been looking at juicers lately.

I made the mistake of purchasing a juicer a while back thinking that I'd get a cheap model and see if we liked it. It made about 3 times the mess for the amount of juice I received. The thing was so noisy, the dog would run and hide in the other room, whining until it finished. It wasn't easy to clean, the plastic was easily stained, there were too many parts and none of it was dishwasher safe. In addition, instead of getting fresh juice, it created enough friction that it warmed the food. I always felt as though I was losing the nutritional benefit of the pulp and the juice wasn't as fresh after being warmed. It was a centrifugal juicer. I ended up giving it away.

Centrifugal juicers spin at high speeds and during the spinning motion, the vegetables that you have shoved down the chute and ground to a pulp. The spinning motion then forces the juice away from the pulp and into a cup or bowl. These juicers are often not as good at juicing leafy green vegetables. Depending on the model and its speed, a lot of juice can be left in the discarded pulp.

Masticating juicers operate using a different process. A masticating juicer grinds vegetables and mashes out the juice out of the food. Since a masticating juicer works at low speeds and with no spinning action, it tends to juice many vegetables more efficiently -- especially green, leafy vegetables. Because it is more efficient at removing juice from the pulp, a masticating juicer often requires less food to make an equal amount of juice as a centrifugal juicer. Because of its squeezing action, some masticating juicers can be used to make pasta and/or nut butters. Masticating juicers are also handy for making baby foods.

I also checked to see about ease of cleaning. Masticating juicers come in hand-cranked and automatic (electric) models. Centrifugal juicers are motorized only (as far as I could tell). I also noticed that masticating juicers had fewer parts, cost about $50 on average (for the hand cranked models) and were MUCH easier to maintain and clean. While the centrifugal juicers (depending on the model) were powerful enough to take a whole apple or other fruit -- rind and all -- and make quick work of the job, masticating juicers got more juice per pound of produce and required you to do a bit of slicing to feed the produce into the chute. Both types of juicers seemed to be able to handle rinds and such -- even carrots and other hard vegetables -- you just needed to know in what form your machine could receive these items.

So, for now, I think we will try a masticating model. I'll let you know how that goes.  :-\
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #65 on: June 21, 2007, 05:21:21 AM »
SC,
I just wanted to give you my opinion on the Green Life Juicer.  I have had mine for about 5 years.  I use to use it every day.  We went through a time where we did the Hallelujah diet.  It grinds everything and makes wonderful juice.  I also like the fact that you can change the heads and make different things.  One thing that my family likes is to use the blank head and put dates in the juicer.  It comes out in a long glob.  You take pieces of that and you can ad chopped nuts if you like or just the way it is.  Roll into balls and roll in shredded coconut for a sweet treat that is good for you. 

I don't juice much anymore.  Too much work with everything else to do.  The juicer does get stained on the inside rather quickly, and is somewhat bothersome to clean.  No dishwasher parts. 

I did use it awhile back for a friend.  Her son has been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and wasn't able to keep anything in him.  It was going through as fast as he ate.  I recommended juicing for him and so we started with carrot/apple/spinach and cabbage juice.  They did this for a week and he has improved much.  He has now gone into remission and is trying different foods to see what foods trigger his UC.  Anyway, just wanted to give you some input from someone who use to juice daily.  And by the way, I felt my best health wise when I did juice.  This juicer is more expensive but well worth the money you spend.  My is still working great after all these years!

PS:  SC, I really want to thank you for recommending Reclaiming Surrendered Ground to me last year!  I read that book and have gleaned so much from it.  I have been set free in so many areas!  Praise the Lord!  I am passing it along to all my friends.  Thanks! Renae

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #66 on: June 21, 2007, 05:50:14 AM »
Great naewood!
I'm assuming that the Green Life is a masticating juicer?

For now, we've gone with the HealthyJuicer -- a manual masticating model. It hasn't arrived yet, so I can't offer any reviews. We'll see.

PS:  SC, I really want to thank you for recommending Reclaiming Surrendered Ground to me last year!  I read that book and have gleaned so much from it.  I have been set free in so many areas!  Praise the Lord!  I am passing it along to all my friends.  Thanks! Renae

Welcome! You can thank Gabe & Forevergirl. I saw their recommendation online and got my copy.  8)
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #67 on: July 21, 2007, 01:36:57 PM »
I have a juice "recipe" for a flush and it says to use beets including the tops.  Well, I didn't have much to choose from from walmart and the tops are nasty looking not fresh.  It is for a kidney flush.  I'm mad at myself for not just getting them at the HFS but I didn't want to go back.  SO I have never bought "fresh"(they don't look that fresh)beets in my life.  Am I supposed to peel them b/f I juice them or jsut wash them really well?  TIA

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« Reply #68 on: July 22, 2007, 10:33:53 AM »
Hello Pennie,

I have a Green Power and used to juice a ton.  Don't anymore, but I can give you an opinion on those beet skins.

I personally think, though it would take time, you might want to remove skins for the taste.  I noticed that skinning did improve taste of veggies.  There can almost be a "bitter" edge with the skins in tact.  But, on the other hand, if the veggies are well washed, I don't think it'll hurt you, especially if they are organic.

If not organic, removing the skins would maybe remove some chemical residue?  That's another thought.

P.S. to SC:  I believe the Green Life is the newer Green Power.  These are not masticating.  They squeeze juice out of gears.  One of the health benefits, according to what I read before we bought, is the extraction of juice at low temps.  That's the truth, I mean, that there is no heat involved.  We also used the Champion, which masticates.  It did get hotter, although I'm not sure how much.  HTH. 

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #69 on: July 15, 2008, 12:18:33 PM »
Does anyone have a manual wheatgrass juicer? Any reviews on these? I cannot afford a vitamix or any of those...but I want to start juicing my wheatgrass.
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #70 on: July 16, 2008, 03:21:02 AM »
bump...
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« Reply #71 on: July 16, 2008, 04:01:08 AM »
I don't know anything about wheatgrass juicers except that my friend had the Healthy Juicer.  I did find an article that kind of compared/rated what they consider to be the top 3 manual wheatgrass juicers, though, and thought it might help a little.

http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/top-3-manual-wheatgrass-juicer-models-159114.html

And this is the blog of a "wheatgrass growing maniac" -- some posts where she  talks about what juicers she uses/has used and why.

http://growgrass.blogspot.com/search/label/juicers
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #72 on: July 16, 2008, 10:48:06 AM »
Thanks for the help! Does your friend like her healthy juicer? I am just concerned since its plastic that it might break.
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #73 on: July 16, 2008, 11:06:59 AM »
Thanks for the help! Does your friend like her healthy juicer? I am just concerned since its plastic that it might break.

She made me some wheatgrass juice at her house and told me she liked it because it was affordable and small and her place is tiny. I don't know much more, though (I haven't seen her for a while).  It's by lexan, I think, so that should be a lot tougher than regular plastic.
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« Reply #74 on: July 16, 2008, 11:20:47 AM »
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #75 on: August 20, 2008, 09:10:39 AM »
I have a TON of extra peaches after freezing that I thought about juicing the remainder to be put in the freezer. Has anyone had success with freezing homemade juice?

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #76 on: August 20, 2008, 03:35:24 PM »
Why not puree the peaches & freeze that? Then the puree could be used in drinks or made into peach sauce for deserts, etc. Or you could cook it down into peach butter. You can freeze peach butter if you don't want to can it. YUM  ;D ;D

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #77 on: August 21, 2008, 09:19:08 AM »
Why not puree the peaches & freeze that?

I suppose I could do that if I had a food processor. I have a very small blender and I don't think it would be that efficient to do.  Maybe I will puree some..... :-\

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #78 on: January 16, 2009, 03:22:15 PM »
I am new to this thread, well sort of. I have been reading it for a couple of months now and it has helped me a lot. I have some skin problems and have been doing some cleanses. I have done:

parasites
colon/liver gallbladder
water cleanse (doing now)

I am in the process of doing a juicing cleanse and was wandering if bananas should not be used in this. I started out the cleanse with eating just fruits and veggies. Then decided yesterday (because I was feeling very bad with migraine) to juice the veggies and fruit. This morning I thought I would blend up banana with full bodied apple juice and frozen blueberries (yum). I had not even drank half of it and felt very full (uncomfortably full). Is banana ok to have when on a juicing cleanse? I thought it would be good for the bowels as I know it is dangerous not to move them during cleanses.

The reason for all the cleanse is because of rashes. I have had problems with for two years (the birth of last baby) I was told by specialist that I have cortisone damage and thought maybe this would help to get rid of the cortisone out of my body. Also my mother, grandmother, Aunt all have celiac and I am thinking I may as well. Test show negative but when gluten free I see a difference in the rash.

I am sorry if I have put a lot of things here that don't belong. I am mainly asking about the banana in a juicing diet.?

Thanks Amanda

PS. a water cleanse is a wonderful thing. Anyone wanting to do a cleanse should definitely start there. It is easy and great with helping to lose weight and cleanse the body.

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #79 on: May 12, 2009, 01:21:57 PM »
Has anyone heard of the Solo Star juicer or had any experience with it?   I'm researching and have read all 3 pages here.   
Am I correct in these points?   
    Mastication juicing is best
    Champion is a mastication juicer
   
Is the Green life Juicer centrifugal or masticating?   How about the Breville?
Any one know?   Thanks for all the info.
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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #80 on: February 17, 2010, 09:22:20 AM »
Anyone used or own the Hurom or Omega VRT juicers?  They sound wonderful but I'm torn between one of those and a Vitamix.  I just don't know which one is the way to go.  Of course...I'll have to save for either one for a while...

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Re: Everything About Juicers & Juicing
« Reply #81 on: February 18, 2010, 09:18:04 AM »
Anyone used or own the Hurom or Omega VRT juicers?  They sound wonderful but I'm torn between one of those and a Vitamix.  I just don't know which one is the way to go.  Of course...I'll have to save for either one for a while...
I have an Omega 8005...............I really like it.   It is quiet, does a good job of juicing and it doesn't get hot.  It can juice wheat grass plus there are attachments so you can make pasta etc.   I haven't had it all that long so I don't know about durability yet.   
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