Juicing and juice extractors

Juicing and juice extractors

Many People wonder why you would want to buy a juicer instead of just buying juice at that store. When you make your own fresh juice you know exactly what is in it and you avoid all the additives and preservatives that juice makers add to store bought juice. Fresh made juice also allows you to get the maximum amount of nutrients and antioxidants out of the foods you are juicing.

What would we pick?

If you want to only make fruit and vegetable juices we recommend a centrifugal juicer. If you plan on making primarily citrus juices make sure to go with one with a “citrus attachment” that helps in the extraction. If you did not care about noise I would also go with the self-ejection high speed juicers. You should check the best juicer reviews for a better insight on the best juicer for you. These will function quite well for you at a reasonable price. One of the best juicers on the market for simple fruit and vegetable juicing is the Omega line, in particular the 1000 and 9000 series. You will find these machines to be the best for first-time juicers.

If you are primarily interested in vegetable juice we would go with the Omega 8003, Samson, Lequip visor, Solo Star, or Champion Juicer. All of these models have been engineered to produce high quality juices and are easy to clean. Also, because they do not spin quite as fast as the others the juice will have a higher shelf life. The juice will be much darker as these types of juicers help reduce trapped air, which in turn, lengthens the shelf life of your vegetable juice.

Single Auger juicers are recommended for those that want to do a combination of fruit, vegetable, grass, and leafy green juices. These juicers will do it all. They use lower rpms so these juicers will also be quieter than most. They are, however, higher in cost. If you have decided that you are going to juice all of the above, in the Single Auger category we would recommend the Samson, Solo Star, or Omega 8003 juicers. In the Twin Gear juicer category we would recommend the Green Power, Samson Ultra, or Green Star juicers. All of these juicers are highly capable of handling multiple types of juices. Keep in mind, though, these juicers are not built for only fruit juicing. They are built to work with the fiber in vegetables.

Now, if you are ready to really step it up in your healthy lifestyle, and are ready to take the leap into eating more living and raw foods, you will be in a completely different category of juicers. You will enter the world of juicers made by Champion, Samson Ultra, Lequip Visor, etc. Eating more live/raw foods requires the ability to homogenize the food, which these juicers can handle. They can juice wheat grass (and other grasses) like nobody’s business.

Breville JE98XL Juicer
With the help of the juicer’s speed motor (that is dual in nature) and the cutting disc made out of stainless steel, the job gets done faster than one can ever imagine. Given the sharpness of the disc and the impeccable functioning of the dual speed motor, there is no hassle involved and the enjoyment ensues pretty soon.

Eat better, learn better?

Eat better, learn better?

Kids should eat breakfast, that’s a fact! The USDA expects to launch a three-year pilot program next year to test whether the national school breakfast program, which currently serves 7 million children daily at 70,000 schools, should be provided free to all students. The USDA is particularly interested in finding out whether kids do better in school if they eat a healthy breakfast.

Here are some other research findings:

A study by Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in February 1998, found that low-income children who came to class hungry were more likely to have problems in school.

“They are much more likely to have attention problems, psychological dysfunction, behavior problems, and they appear to perform more poorly academically,’’ says Dr. Ronald Kleinman, who is the principal author of the study, chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
A USDA survey of 1,295 children between 1994-96 found that 14 percent of low-income children, and 16 percent of children in higher-income households, did not eat breakfast.

Children who ate breakfast “had a statistically better overall diet’’ compared to those who did not. In addition, children who ate breakfast at school “had an even better overall diet,’’ it was found.
Breakfast Facts
Between 1965-91, the number of teens eating breakfast dropped 17 percent, according to a report done in December by Mathematica Policy Research Inc. of Princeton, NJ, for the USDA. During the same period, the number of elementary schoolchildren eating breakfast declined 9 percent.


“Eating Breakfast Greatly Improves Schoolchildren’s Diet Quality,’’ Nutrition Insights, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

“Universal-Free School Breakfast Program Evaluation Design Project – Review of Literature on Breakfast and Learning,’’ Mathematica Policy Research Inc. of Princeton, NJ.