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We all know that we should be getting our 5 potions of fruit and veg a day but sometimes that is easier said than done, especially if like me you have a busy home life and work crazy shifts. I do try to make a concious effort to eat a healthy balanced diet but I have to be honest and say that I am not always successful.
I recently read a magazine article about juicing fruits and vegetables and the health benefits associated with it but not being someone to be caught up in the latest hype or fad diets I decided to do a little more research of my own, and the more I read the more I wanted to give it a try.
Juicers come in many shapes and sizes and range in price from a very cheap £25 right up to an extortionate £400 and more in some cases. I did a bit of reading and checked the reviews for various machines and finally settled on the Sage Nutri-juicer. This is a mid range juicer and comes in at about £150 which seemed reasonable.
The nutri-juicer is a whole fruit juicer which means you do not have to peel, chop and dice everything before you put it in. As long as it fits into the space a the top no more effort is required. Some fruits such as Kiwis need to be peeled otherwise you might end up with furry juice, but most things can be processed as they come.
The fruit is fed in from the top of the machine and there is a press to help push in down into the main body, where the fruit is shredded on blades and the juice is extracted from the pulp and pushed through a metal mesh before running out into the collection jug, the pulp is separated and collected in another container at the other side of the machine. The volume of juice extracted is very good and the pulp at the other side usually comes out mostly dry, meaning you are getting the most out of what you put in. Not only is it suitable for fruits but vegetables too.
Cleaning the machine also couldn't be easier. Simply empty separate the various parts and wash in warm soapy water. The machine also comes with a small brush to help get to those harder to clean parts (such as the mesh filter) but all in all the cleaning takes less that 5 minutes, which is hardly a chore. It can also be put in the dishwasher if preferred.
Overall I think this is a fabulous piece of equipment. It is quick and easy to use and clean. You get all the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetable juices and the vitamins and minerals they contain and you know exactly what you are putting into your body. No extra sugars or additives. I have been using this machine for about 3 weeks now and I really do feel the benefits of drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices. My skin has cleared up, I feel more energetic and I have lost weight (although this was not my goal, it is just a pleasant side effect) I usually have my juice for breakfast and it sets me up for the day.
So while I may still not be eating my 5 portions a day I am certainly drinking them and although you may not be getting all the fibre you would if you munched your way through the veg drawer you still get all the vitamins and minerals which can only be a step in the right direction.
I highly recommend this product. It does everything you need it to do and at a reasonable price.