If you are a modern day citizen, you might have heard of the terms ‘slow juicer’ or ‘cold pressed juice’. It is also likely that you may have heard claims of nutrition rich content and health promises around these terms. What is this hype about? Here, we will decipher what cold pressed juice is, what cold press juicers are, and what the benefits of these advancements are.
First, let’s establish what all the terms related to cold press juicing are and then categorize them. Cold press juices are fruit and/or vegetable juices extracted by pressing the fruits often under a hydraulic press. Cold press juicers, also known popularly as masticating juicers or slow juicers, are commercial culinary machines used in home kitchens to extract cold pressed juices.
What are cold pressed juices?
Essentially, the difference between cold pressed juices and non-cold pressed juices is in how they are extracted. Cold pressed juices are extracted from fruits and vegetables without relying on the use of heat, hence the name – cold. This is done by pressing the fruits and vegetables under a hydraulic press. This accounts for the name masticating juicers. How differently are regular juices produced then? In contrast to squeezing juice out of fruits, as is the case with cold pressed juices, traditional juices are juiced by slicing fruits and separating the fiber in them from the cells with the help of heat.
What are cold press juicers?
Cold press juicers are the kitchen tools used to produce cold pressed juice. They have metal screw augers instead of traditional metal blades (found in centrifugal juicers) which crush and squeeze fruits to extract juice from them. These augers rotate at slow speeds so as not to produce heat during the juicing process. The rotations per minute of a cold press juicer can be as slow as 40 RPM and can go as high as 70 RPM.
What are the benefits of this juicing technique?
Cold press juicers emit less heat and leave room for less air than regular juicers. This has a lot of benefits for juice drinkers. Juices contain nutrients and enzymes. This content is essential to a healthy diet and the whole reason why people choose to juice in the first place. Heat damages these nutrients and enzymes, and makes for a weaker concoction of fruits and vegetables.
Oxidation starts the breakdown of juice so it degenerates faster and cannot be stored for longer as its nutritional content will lose its potency.
Cold pressed juicers are made exactly to cater to these juicing problems and minimize them for a healthier drink. Therefore, cold pressed juices are richer in nutrients, have a longer shelf life, and even taste better than juices produced using heat. Buy a cold pressed juicer to enjoy the best of the fruits and vegetables you like in terms of flavor and healthiness both.