Debra Lynn Dadd

trying to find a juicer

QUESTION:

i have been researching juicers and i'm concerned about the plastics used in them. i considered a stainless steel manual juicer, but the affordable ones won't handle all of the things i would like to be able to juice. i've narrowed it down to a champion juicer (the parts are made out of stainless steel and nylon) and an omega 8003/8005 juicer (the auger is made out of food grade melamine and i don't know what the rest is made out of). do you think these would be healthy choices? i really don't want to defeat the purpose of drinking fresh juices by using a juicer that is going to leach toxic substances.

thanks so much!

POSTED BY ALYSSIA :: NEW HAMPSHIRE USA :: 01/04/2007 11:06 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Not all plastics leach. The plastics used in juicers are very hard and do not emit plasticizers. Either of these juicers would be fine.

However, the latest recommendations are not to juice, but to puree whole fruits and vegetables with water to make a drink that contains much more nutrition and also the fiber. The book Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko explains this in detail, along with recipes. While I don't follow a strictly raw food diet, she makes some good points about why we all need to eat and drink more greens. I've been drinking a blended drink of cucumber, celery, and apple most mornings and definately have noticed a benefit.

In At Home With Debra : My Vitamins, I wrote about a Chinese doctor who treats cancer, heart disease and diabetes with simple, readily available foods. The healing part of these foods is the phytochemicals, which are contiained in the fibers of the foods. So you need to chew each bite 40 times (or put the foods into a very high-powered blender) to release the phytochemicals. He recommends a 2-horsepower blender (Vitamix) or preferably a 3-horsepower blender (Blend-Tec) to can masticate the skins, seeds, and stems, to make the phytochemicals readily absorbable. Home blenders typically have motors less than 1 horsepower, but it's better to use these low-power blenders than nothing.

The containers on both blenders are polycarbonate, but these are very hard plastics and there is a minimal amount of contact time with the food. The benefits of the blended drinks far outweigh exposure to any toxic chemicals that may be present.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I'm looking for a juicer at the recommendation of my primary care person. She's just here from England and isn't familiar with American brands. She recommends a 2 gear juicer because the blender-type juicers get hot and destroy important nutritional stuff. The brand we've found on the internet is Green Star. Do you know anything about that brand or does anyone have experience with it. Does anyone recommend another brand over Green Star and why? I have MCS problems and so would like information from that perspective as well as information about ease of using and cleaning, trustworthiness of the company, tips and things to be aware of in using this product, etc. I'm soon to be new at juicing so any tips, websites, books or other information about juicing in general would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

POSTED BY EARTH MOM :: ARIZONA USA :: 05/04/2007 4:48 PM


I owned an Omega and found it to be too much work with clean up. I owned a Vita-mix and it was way too loud and some say the heat detroys the nutrients. I like the Jack LaLanne juicer best. It's stainless steel, juices large fruits whole and is easy to clean-up. The best juicer is the least toxic material, extracts the most juice and one you will use regularly.

POSTED BY SUN :: FLORIDA USA :: 05/09/2007 2:49 PM


I have heard it said that juicing is not the way to go...that a few quick whirs in a 3+ horsepower blender is the best option. Leave the seeds, avocado pits, pineapple cores, etc. in the mix. I started eating apple seeds two years ago and I am going to start eating the avocado pits, etc. at the next opportunity. I follow alot of the Westin Price natural food recommendations which has helped with my eczema and fibromyalgia.

I am trying to get as many nutrients from my food so I can cut down on my supplements. It is said that the avocado pit has more fiber than oatmeal ! I try to keep my food as close to off the vine , plant, etc. and cooking only minimally.

I am eating my grass fed meat and my wild caught fish more and more rare to raw. I am eating a lot more good fat like raw cultured butter, coconut oil, palm oil and I save the unfiltered olive oil to eat as a condiment instead of losing it's phyto-nutrients while using it to cook with.

Think about these things before you invest in a juicer. Why throw away all that good natural fiber ?!?

POSTED BY BARBARA :: VIRGINIA USA :: 05/16/2007 7:16 PM


I forgot to add that it should be a 3+ horsepower COMMERCIAL
blender..they are more quiet and do a better job of releasing the phytonutrients.

POSTED BY BARBARA :: VIRGINIA USA :: 05/16/2007 7:16 PM


Juicers -
try EBAY. That is where I got my Jack LaLanne power juicer and I absolutely LOVE IT. You can use the left over pulp in so manny different things. Mine came with a recipe booklet, I use it abt 4 times a week.

POSTED BY JANANN :: ILLINOIS USA :: 05/19/2007 6:45 AM


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