The most common juicer is the traditional centrifugal juicer which is what is primarily in stores, but there are other options too. Another style is available which we call as masticating juicers. These juicers have several advantages over the centrifugal juicer and are also more expensive.
Let us see how each of them works.
In a centrifugal juicer, there is a spinning mesh containing sharp teeth at the bottom The teeth break down the fruit or vegetable into pieces and the juice and pulp is separated using the centrifugal force. In a masticating juicer, the fruit or vegetable is cold pressed and a paste is formed due to the pressure. The juice is later squeezed from a bag where this paste is stored. The equipment is a horizontal arrangement, bulkier and more complex than a simple centrifugal juicer.
One of the benefits of a masticating juicer is that it can juice fruits and vegetables with low water content like kale and wheat grass. Because we all like to have more wheatgrass!
Masticating Juicers work better and gets more juice out of the same amount of vegetables. If you are a regular juicer or planning to get into juicing, you will know how much money that saves. You pay a little more upfront but in the long run, masticating juicers turn out to be more cost effective.
Coming to the health benefits, since the process is different and juicing is done slowly, the juices do not oxidize immediately. They tend to last longer. Those who are on a juicing diet find these type of juicers the best because of the health benefits and the variety of fruits and vegetables it can handle.