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mom2greatkids
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Hi Ladies,

Do any of you juice? If so, what type of juicer do you have? Does anyone happen to own a Health Master or Ninja? I have seen bits and pieces of infomercials lately about these two products.

From what I understand juicing is supposed to be extremely healthy. I'm willing to give a try. :)

Thanks,

Carla

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azgrandma
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i have ninja and i totally love it, recommend it to all

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mom2greatkids
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So it is as good as advertised then? Does it leave a lot of pulp behind like ordinary juicers? Thanks for your input.

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Mom,
Juicing is healthy, but you want to avoid the sugary and starchy fruits and vegetables. By juicing, you are eliminating the fiber, which helps dissapate the glucose spike in your blood sugar. Your best choices for juicing are leafy greens. I know it makes it sound boring when you cut out things like carrots and oranges, but blood sugar is one of the things we need to keep under control.

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azgrandma
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it is better than the commercial, all the pulp stsys in you do not loose anythin glike you do in a regular juicer

sarahevans
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I would recommend a Breville or a Vitamix juicer instead. Both of them are centrifugal juicers (which means they use the usual spinning metal plate to juice) and while not very cheap, they are definitely the best in the market.

If you plan to juice vegetables and wheatgrass instead, you should probably get a masticating juicer, a juicer that chews up the veggies and fruits instead of spinning it.

See this website for recommendations on juicers to buy
http://bestjuicerratings.org/

By the way, the Ninja is not bad but many feel that its inferior to some of the better home juicers out there. Vitamix and Breville are the best brands out there for regular juicing. For masticating juicers, try Champion. The Norwalk juicer is also very good for far too expensive (IMO overpriced).

Hope this helps, Carla!

Sarah

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carolenk
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A Vitamix is kind of like a super powerful blender--I like the idea of keeping the fiber with the juice.

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poopergirl14052
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just got one from Kohls and so far so good. The left over pulp can be used in soups.meatloaf etc. I am happy with it so far...val

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mom2greatkids
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there is no pulp left? How long have you had yours. The more I'm reading about it, I am leaning toward it. thanks. Carla

whiterose
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I bought the Vitamix for my husband for Christmas. It works great, pulverizes everything, so it doesn't eliminate the fiber. He makes smoothies with it (you can also make soups, other things, haven't read the manual!). I don't partake of the smoothies because of the sugar factor, but it's a fabulous (if expensive) product.....

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Lisa13Q
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and really feel like I should be their spokesperson...it can do anything and make anything...totally love it....would not give it up for anything..although I make bad things in it like coffee shakes.....

jepsj5
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My mom and dad have a Champion Juicer...very good product.

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The most important part of any fresh vegie/fruits, the pulp...loaded with vitamins. I own a juicer, Jack La Lanne, and know it divides the pulp from the actual juice. They suggest freezing pulp and putting in as thickening agent in foods such as soups and breads. I tried this, but just never worked with me, so just go back to the fresh produce.

Did a few of you mention some machines which include the pulp with the juice? That would be a much better option as get both in one drink, plus gives it thickness almost like a smoothie.

Cheers ladies!
Jan

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Tethys41
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In the book "Green For Life" by Victoria Boutenko, the author recommends having green smoothies, rather than juicing. She explains the concept of consuming greens and how it is a natural diet of primates, and theoretically our ancestors. It seems that greens are really the best ingredient for juicing, since these have low amounts of sugar. The smoothie approach keeps the pulp with the juice. The author recommends using leafy greens and believes that the greens of such vegetables as beets are better than the root itself. To make green smoothies, all you need is a blender.

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