Whether electrical or manual, a juice extractor is a device that removes the juice from a fruit or vegetable. It can be hand-held and manually operated or free-standing and operated by hand or powered by electricity. A slow juicer is a device that differs greatly in its effectiveness depending on the power source behind it.
The daily intake of live fruits and vegetables, those that have not been frozen or processed, is considered a healthier choice than drinking those juices that have been processed. A juice extractor offers the opportunity to not only juice the fruit of vegetable, but to pulverize the skin, which in some cases contains vital nutrients that are often lost in the manual juicing process. It is recommended that people consume from five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and juice extractors can aid in this process, especially for those who do not like whole fruits and vegetables.
Most electric juice extractors will have a device that can eliminate or separate the pulp from the juice. Pulp is used by some who favor healthier lifestyles as an ingredient in recipes that do not necessarily even contain the juice from the fruit or vegetable. The pulp can be taken as a natural fiber source.
Juice extractor vary in their strength. Some extractors will simply remove the juice, leaving behind the basic hull and body of the fruit or vegetable. Other juice extractors can pulverize a carrot or a piece of ginger, separating every ounce of liquid from the pulp. While there are different components that distinguish the different types of juice extractors, the greatest deciding factor when choosing an extractor seems to be the amount of power offered.
The price range for a juice extractor can be extreme, beginning with those that run a few dollars and can be purchased at a local variety store all the way to those that run close to a thousand dollars and have numerous parts and juicing options. Choosing a juice extractor is best done once it has been determined what it will be used for. For example, a simple hand-held device is fine for extracting the juice of a lemon, lime, or orange. Wheat grass, leafy vegetables, and hard roots such as ginger will require a much more powerful juice extractor. A juice extractor, no matter its simplicity or complexity, offers the same result, a healthy alternative to processed juice.