Centrifugal Juice VS Cold-Pressed Juice
A couple of common questions that get thrown around in the wellness industry is “What exactly is the difference between centrifugal and cold-press juice? Is one actually better than the other?”
In this article I’m going to look at the difference between the two types of juice to help give you clarity about which is better for your health.
Centrifugal juicers are the cheapest type of juicers to buy. You’ll typically find them in retail outlets and they are being used in most juice bars. By definition, centrifugal means moving or tending to move away from a centre. It uses metal blades that pulverise the ingredients against a fine mesh filter, separating the juice using centrifugal force.
Although this force makes the machine very quick at producing juice, the blades generate heat during the process, which destroys some of the enzymes and nutrients.
This is what Dr. Max Gerson (an American physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, a dietary-based alternative cancer treatment that he claimed could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases) had to say about centrifugal juicers:
“When the grinding wheel rotates against a resistance with insufficient access of air, positive electricity is produced and induces negative electricity on the surrounding wall. The exchange of positive and negative ions kills the oxidising enzymes and renders the juice deficient.”
COLD-PRESS / MASTICATING
Masticating means to grind, crush and chew, so this type of juicer uses rough blades (not sharp) to squeeze every last drop of juice out of the ingredients. You can definitely tell it’s more effective at extracting juice because the pulp comes out much drier than that from centrifugal machines. This process is a lot slower, but it’s worth it, because it generates less heat and preserves more of the enzymes. This is great because it extracts the highest nutritional value from ingredients, packing the juice with lots of flavour, vitamins and nutrients.
Nutritional test results from Michelson Laboratories (between a cold-press and centrifugal juicer) revealed that cold-press juicers extract up to 42% more Vitamin C, up to 60% more Vitamin A and yield between 35 - 50% more juice.
Of course it’s not the end of the world if your juice is not cold-pressed, but if you’re serious about your health and are after the highest quality product with the most nutrients and enzymes, then ensure you’re using a cold-press juicer. When you’re purchasing juice, make sure it states that it is cold-pressed. This way you know you’re nourishing your body in the best way possible.