Tell me MNB… What’s the difference between a regular juice and cold-pressed?
We get asked this question all the time at MNB headquarters, and being the crazy bunch we are about fresh juice and all its bountiful benefits, we thought it was time to give you the low-down on the difference between the two. So if you’ve wanted to buy a juicer but are torn between types “do I buy a regular one or one of the cold pressed machines I’ve heard so much about… which one is better?” we’re glad you asked!
Our two in-house nutritionists have done the delicious hard work and compared the two for you. This is what they found.
Michelle used: The Centrifugal juicer (regular juice)
This juicer is typically what you’ll find in most juice bars. It’s fast moving and has metal blades that spin against a mesh filter, separating the juice via centrifugal force. The problem with this force is that the fast moving blades generate heat – so fast it can take on a whole apple without having to chop it up into pieces – which can destoy some of the enzymes and nutrients in the produce you’re juicing, rendering it less nutritious than cold-pressed. So although it may be faster, you may be compromising on the nutrients compared to cold pressed.
- Fast at producing juice
- Usually cheaper in price
- Efficient: don’t have to dice fruits and veggies to put through machine
- The speed causes heat and nutrients lost
- As loud as a blender
- Yields a large amount of pulp
- Hard to clean, food gets jammed into mesh filter over time
- Produces quite a bit of juice froth on top
- Not as efficient juicing leafy greens
- Can’t process nuts
Fiona used: The Cold-pressed juicer (also known as a ‘masticating juicer’)
These slower machines work by crushing and pressing your produce to extract the most it possibly can for the highest juice yield. It’s a slow and delicate process but you are getting the most out of each piece of fruit or veg you’re guiding through. Because the cold pressed juicer has no blades, they don’t produce as much heat as the centrifugal machine therefore keep more nutrients intact. It still separates the juice from the pulp but you also need to chop all your produce beforehand, so prep time can take a while.
- More nutrients
- Darker colour in juicing
- Hardly any juice froth, just pure juice
- Extracts more juice through crushing mechanism
- Very quiet, can use without disturbing housemates
- Less pulp than centrifugal
- Juices leafy green more efficiently than centrifugal (green juice lovers this is for you!)
- Can break down nuts to make nut mylks
- The different filters can process ingredients to make bliss ball mixture
- More gratitude for the end result and the delicate process your juice has gone through
- Usually more expensive
- Takes longer to produce the same amount of juice
- Preparation: ingredients need to be chopped into small pieces to go through extraction
- Confusion, many people are unsure of the difference between juicers
If you’re not picky about saving nutrients, wanting to save cash but still wanting to get your juicing on at home, the centrifugal machine will get the job done. If you’re green juice’s #1 fan, enjoy nut mylks, bliss balls and wanting to get the most out of your extract, then the cold-pressed machine will yield all those benefits and more.
Most of us don’t get enough fruits and veggies throughout the day so drinking them really is quite a neat idea to get your recommended daily intake. Greens especially are the most healing foods on the planet and one of the most important additions you can make to your nourishing routine.