Is Cold Press, Masticating Juicing the New Way to Eat Your Vegetables?

By Nicole German (RD, LD)

cold press juicerI will start off by saying that BELLA sent me their brand new juicer called the NutriPro Juicer for free.

As always, whenever I post product reviews it is 100% my honest opinion and truthful information.

That being said, the NutriPro juicer differs from other juicers in that it slowly crushes and chews the produce, and leaves more of the plant cells intact.

“With the no-blade, cold press technology, oxidation is minimized, no heat is used, and more nutrients and enzymes are preserved. (Most traditional juicers and blenders that claim to juice use blades that shred and break open the cell walls of the produce, exposing it to oxygen and therefore affecting the integrity of the nutrients and enzymes.)” –NutriPro

I have always loved fresh pressed vegetable juice, and this juicer is my first home juicer. So, I was curious to give it a try!

NutriPro Juicer Pros

green vegetable juice

  • Quiet, very little noise
  • Easy to use. Has a simple on, off, and reverse switch.
  • Does not take up a lot of space. The juicer resembles the size of a blender.
  • Easy to wash, and dishwasher safe. Particles often get stuck in the mesh piece, but they give you a cleaning brush to scrub it off quickly.
  • Results are a little more “pulpy” than other juicer juice I have tried, but I enjoy this. It makes me feel like I am eating more of the plant. If you want less pulp, they give you a convenient second strainer that gets rid of the remaining waste.
  • The juicer has an automatic shut-off for when a piece gets stuck. Don’t worry; it will get itself going again.
  • The NutriPro will juice wheat grass unlike other juicers. But, it is a little difficult. I recommend adding wheat grass in gradually with other juice ingredients.

Cons

NutriPro juicer

  • Since this juicer does not have any blades, or harsh shredding action, there are a lot of pulp and fibers left behind. I cannot rate the quality of yield because I have not tried other at home juicers. But, my boyfriend and I agreed that the yield seemed slightly below average.
  • The juicer is slower than average. Not a big issue. Wait longer, and more juice will trickle out.
  • You can not add pieces that are too large because it causes the juicer to stall a little.
  • When cleaning, the pulp spout gets clogged up, so you may have to use the cleaning brush to get it out.

The Juicing Controversy

  •  As with all juicers, you miss out on a lot of the fibers and phytochemicals that you get with eating the whole plant. Juicing is no substitute for eating your fruits and vegetables.
  • Juicing seems wasteful to some because of all the excess pulp (but, this is with all juicers). I re-purpose some of my pulp for muffins and other recipes.
  • Other juicers, called centrifugal juicers, are said to heat up the plant and kill the enzymes, but we don’t know how much this is really true. Sure, maybe it kills a few enzymes, but not 100%. What I would focus on more is drinking the juice within 30 minutes.

Do you juice at home? If so, what kind of juicer do you have?

2 Comments

  1. Spectra

    I personally would rather eat my fruits and veggies because I truly think that they are nature’s perfect package when it comes to getting nutrients. However, if you like to supplement your diet with fresh fruit/veggie juice, I suppose this type of juicer is probably better than a traditional juicer that gives you even less of the pulp and nutrients.

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  2. Jim F

    We recently got a masticating juicer (sorry I can’t remember what brand). It certainly gets FAR more out of the fruit than a normal juicer, but, IMO it does take a little bit of extra cleaning.

    What I have discovered is that you can juice all kinds of crazy things.

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