While many think of juicing as the latest health and diet craze, the truth is, juicing has been around for over a millenia. Used by the Ancient Greeks as a love potion, referenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls as a way to gain profound strength, and even through the 1500’s when Florida orange juice was made by Spanish explorers in St. Augustine. The idea of fresh juice began to go away when pasturization of oranges and a national rail system in 1910 made it possible to store juice for long periods of time and ship when needed. And while our country has become dependent on what seems like the convenience of pre-packaged juice, we’ve lost nearly all the benefits that fresh juice gives us. Essentially, we’ve replaced flavorful, nutrient rich juice with enriched, colored sugar water.
So now that you’ve made it through my rant, what are we supposed to do about it? The answer seems obvious, buy fruit and juice it, but there are several obstacles in the way: time, space, efficiency and cost.
I’d heard the benefits of juicing for years, but for me the biggest deterrent from juicing was the amount of time and effort I thought I would have to put into it. Finally, after dragging my feet long enough, I decided to research the current state of juicers, and thus began my juicing journey. I set out to find a juicer that made juice quickly and didn’t need an engineering degree to take apart and clean. A task that should have been simple but proved far harder than I’d imagined. I tried four juicers in total, all of which were different brands and had different extraction styles, but for me, there was only one that met all of my requirements in terms of ease-of-use, space, efficiency and cost. The juicer that exceeded all expectations was the Hurom Premium Slow Juicer and Smoothie Maker.
Don’t let the Slow Juicer title fool you – it has nothing to do with the speed at which you can extract your juice. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. In a head to head juicing match, the Hurom Juicer produced the most juice in the shortest amount of time in addition to extracting the most juice and the least amount of waste from a set amount of fruits and vegetables. So how quick is it? I’ve been juicing for the past few weeks, and it’s become a routine that takes under five minutes to complete. This includes juicing pulp-free apple and spinach juice for both of my children (ages 4 and 2) and making a juice blend for my pregnant wife and I (generally containing carrots, kale, spinach, apples or any other leftover fruit or vegetable that needs to be used up). This five minutes includes washing and slicing the apples, peeling and cutting the carrots in half, and adding either a batch of spinach or kale. From there I simply drop it into the top of the Hurom (a job usually undertaken by my kids), and then empty the contents of the juicing container into cups and it’s ready to serve. To clean the Hurom I pour water into the top to extract any additional pulp which helps eliminate making a mess in the sink, and then remove the completely self-contained juicing assembly and rinse. I’ve never had to scrub or soak the Hurom to clean it, all it ever really needs is a quick rinse.
As I briefly touched on above, the Hurom Premium Slow Juicer and Smoothie Maker is extremely efficient, outdoing all the juicers I tested when given the same amount of fruits and vegetables. And in terms of simplicity, it took the least amount of energy and effort to do so. There is no need to press the fruits and vegetables down in between handfuls, it just sucks it down and it’s ready for more. But it’s not just the amount of juice it outputs that’s higher than other juicers, it’s also the amount of vitamins and nutrients found in the juice that outdoes all other juicers as well. Because of Hurom’s slow juicing method, fruits and vegetable are crushed and pressed, minimizing temperature increases that have been proven to damage live enzymes and reduce nutrient and vitamin content in juice. As for comparing its nutritional value to store bought juice – even the ones you think are healthy – there’s really no comparison, as the benefits of fresh juice vastly outweigh anything offered in a store.
Another thing I love about the Hurom is its size. Space was a major issue in selecting a juicer, because I wanted to make juicing a part of my family’s everyday life. As such, we wanted a juicer that could sit on the counter without taking up much space, as opposed to one we had to pack away after each use. Again, the Hurom Juicer fit the bill perfectly, as its minimal footprint and compact design allows it to sit on the counter and easily slide under the upper cabinet.
So bottom line, is juicing for everyone? Unequivocally yes. For me, it’s given me a tremendous energy boost in the morning; I feel healthier; and I’ve even lost weight. For my pregnant wife, she’s in love with the juicer, and the fact that I make the juice for her. This is my wife’s third pregnancy, and she too has noted significantly increased energy from juicing, which has translated into her being able to stay active and feel even better. Add to that the vitamins and nutrition she’s getting from juicing and the subsequent health benefits for the baby, and the Hurom is really ideal for anyone expecting.
What do my kids think of the juicer? They absolutely love it. Because there are no sharp parts to cut themselves on, they love loading fresh fruits and veggies into the Hurom and watching the juice come out. And as I parent, I love it as well, as it’s pretty much impossible to get a 2 or 4 year old to consume any conventional dark leafy greens. And you can choose no pulp which makes it perfect for their sippy cups which would otherwise clog with pulpy juice. Other favorite juices my kids love include orange juice (sometimes mixed with pitted cherries or pineapple) and smoothies made from banana, avocado, mixed frozen berries and almond milk.
My advice: if you’re interested in juicing, don’t run out and buy any juicer you can find, because honestly, if it wasn’t for the Hurom’s ease-of-use and efficiency, I wouldn’t use it nearly as much as I do now. Make a point of buying the Hurom. It’s simple to use, it leaves little waste behind, and is in my opinion it’s one of the best and easiest ways to instantly increase the health of your family.