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What are the Pros and Cons of Using a Hand Juicer?

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What are the pros and cons of using a hand juicer? A lot of people buy juicers as seen on TV which are often electric centrifugal juicers. They chop up your fruits and vegetables and dispense juice on one side and spit out the pulp on the other. Yet there are some people who still prefer the old-fashioned hand juicers over the newer machines and there are actually a number of good reasons for this.

Preserves Enzymes and Nutrients

A manual juicer has several things going for it. Firstly, it does not have a motor, thus it works quietly and does not require electricity. You can save money by not having to pay for electricity. Secondly, it does not generate much heat, thus enzymes and nutrients are not destroyed.

A Hand Juicer is Compact and Portable

It will be smaller and take up less space than an automatic electric juicer. Being small means that it is also good for traveling if you want to take it with you on a camping trip or a picnic. In addition, it has few parts and is easy to clean. Many are built with durable materials like stainless steel or cast iron so they will last a good long time.

Slow Extraction

On the other hand there are advantages in using an electric juicer that you will not get in using a hand juicer. For example, a manual juicer will always be slow when compared to an electric juicer. If you’re going to make one or two glasses of juice in the morning a manual juicer may be a good option. On the other hand if you’re going to make a lot of juice you may want something that works a little faster.

Extracts More Juice

However, the slow extraction process works to its advantage in other aspects where it enables you to extract much more juice out of the fruits and vegetables compared to an electric juicer. This is especially true when juicing a leafy green vegetables like parsley, spinach or wheatgrass. An electric centrifugal juice extractors usually struggle quite a bit with these types of vegetables. In addition the fast extraction of juicer by an electric juicer produces a soggy pulp which means that there is unused juice that is being wasted.

A Hand Juicer is Inexpensive

A hand operated juicer is inexpensive and readily available in many stores. The healthy juicer by Lexen Products is an excellent hand crank wheatgrass juicer. Pragotrade also manufactures a heavy duty hand crank juicer for wheatgrass.

Making fresh juice is a wonderful way to get all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need on a daily basis. Ultimately the choice is yours whether you should go with a hand juicer or an electric juicer. Going automatic is not always better as the above pros and cons shows.

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