So you’re interested in juicing. Either you’re looking to be healthier by consuming more fruits and veggies, you’d like to start a juice fast or you’re trying to stay away from preservatives in store bought juice (have you read the article explaining how most store bought juice sits in a vat for a year? Yikes!). Regardless of why juicing has peaked your interest, you’ll need a machine to help extract the juice.
How does Juicing work? Juicing allows vitamins and nutrients to be separated from the fiber and pulp of your favorite fruits and vegetables. The lack of solids means the nutrients are absorbed into the body more quickly while bypassing the digestive track. For individuals pursuing a juice fast, this bypass allows time for their digestive track to rest and be cleansed from toxins.
Ever since a Breville juicer was featured on the 2010 release of "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" it's become a very popular appliance choice. In the movie, Joe Cross goes on a juice fast to lose nearly 90 pounds and free himself from medication for his auto immune disease. His success has inspired many to be healthier and incorporate juicing into their lifestyle. Luckily, Breville has a variety of juicer models to choose from based on your needs.
Breville BJE200XL | the Juice Fountain® Compact
Don’t be fooled by the great price. Not only does this machine outperform other budget juicers, it’s fast as well. Like the name suggests, it’s the smallest of the juicers that Breville sells making it perfect for the occasional juicer or smaller kitchen. At 16"x9.5"x9.5", almost anyone can find counter space for this machine. It has a single speed 13,000 RPM motor that works well for both fruits & vegetables and a 25 oz. juice jug. Like other Breville products, the feed tube is 3” wide which means whole fruits can be thrown in without chopping. Stainless steel blades are standard along with the Italian made micro mesh that helps to extract up to 30% more minerals and nutrients over competing products.
Breville JE98XL | the Juice Fountain® Plus
For a small increase in price, users will enjoy an upgraded motor with 2 speeds. Soft fruit and leafy greens benefit from the slower 6,500 RPM setting while harder veggies and denser fruit will have their nutrients extracted more efficiently on the higher 12,000 RPM setting. This model also includes a larger 1.1 qt. juice jug and a large capacity 2.6 qt. pulp container.
Breville BJE510XL | the Juice Fountain® Multi-Speed
Upgrade to the Juice Fountain Multi Speed for reduced waste and maximum juice. This flexible appliance has an RPM range from 65,000 – 12,500 to maximize efficiency. It is especially important to juice softer fruits and melons at slower speeds to ensure the pulp is not ejected before all the juice has been extracted. This multi speed model includes an LCD speed indicator screen that also displays a short list of fruits that would be most compatible to the speed you’ve selected. Successfully selecting the right speed means more juice and drier pulp so you can be drinking healthy nutrients & vitamins within 5 seconds. This model has an included spout attachment that allows the juice to flow directly into your drinking glass and bypass the juice jug if you prefer. So, if you’re looking for more speed control with industrial construction, this is a great choice.
Breville 800JEXL | the Juice Fountain® Elite
This commercial grade juicer has been in production since 2005 and can be found in both commercial and home kitchens worldwide. The 2 speed motor can be switched from 6,500 RPMs to 13,000 RPMs depending on what type of produce you are juicing, while the ultra-sharp titanium reinforced cutting disc is ready for heavy duty use and is designed to last for years with minimal wear or erosion. If you’re serious about juicing or simply like buying better built products, this juicer is recommended.
Breville BJE820XL | the Juice Fountain® Duo
If you’d like a machine that goes beyond juicing, consider the Breville Juice Fountain Duo. This flexible machine includes not only the traditional juicing blade but also a Purée disc. With this disc attached, you can make creamy 100% fruit smoothies without any thickening agents, dairy, or added calories from honey or yogurt. Ever tried to juice a banana? All you’ll make with a traditional juicing machine is a mess if you try it. With the Purée blade, however, you can add pureed banana to a smoothie recipe. You’ll also enjoy 5 speeds on this appliance with RPMs that range from 6,500 – 13,000 for that tougher produce. A backlit feedback speed dial helps you keep track of what setting you’re on like the Elite mode, the cutting disc is titanium reinforced & heavy duty for years of juicing fun.
Blenders vs. Juicers
Having covered the features and benefits of Breville juicers, you may be wondering how they compare with a blender. Juicers are unique because they separate the fibrous plant pulp from the fluid nutrients, vitamins & minerals while blenders will pulverize the whole fruit or vegetable into a thicker dense fluid. Although blenders are most commonly used to create blended fruity delights, shakes and desserts, they can also be used to make green smoothies. These smoothies contain the entire vegetable with no pulp leftovers.
In 2013, an analysis commissioned by Breville was conducted by the Australian Government National Measurement Institute comparing nutritional content of juicers vs. blenders. Using the exact same ingredients, the National Measurements Institute used two top juicers and two top blenders to make the comparison. The results of the analysis found that juicing provided twice the nutrients when compared with blending a smoothie.
Replacing unhealthy food choices with fresh fruits or vegetables is always a good idea. Because fruits have a higher sugar content, you’ll want to balance your intake and focus more on vegetables, especially if weight loss is your goal. If you’re interested some versatile blenders, check out some top selling blenders for sale. If you’d like to try your hand at juicing, Breville has the gear that can help you reach you obtain a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to check out Breville’s list of Juice recipes to get started or try making Joe Cross' Mean Green Juice made famous by the movie “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.