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Hidden sugar. Additives. Artificial sweeteners. Salt and fat content - whatever the media throws at us about food, it seems to be bad news and full of confusing mixed messages. But everybody knows that fruit and vegetables, in their raw, natural state, are good for us. That's where this great piece of kit comes in.
The Sage Nutri Juicer sets itself above many of the other juicers in the market by the amount of metal in the construction. The main motor, feed chute, juicing disc and locking arm are all made of die cast metal rather than cheap plastic. It has a good, solid weight to it and sits securely on the work top without moving during operation. Parts come apart and fit together easily - essential if the appliance is not to be relegated to the cupboard after a few uses. The motor also comes with a reassuring five year guarantee.
Fruit and veg is fed down a feed chute onto a juicing disc. Juice is then fine filters through a wire mesh before pouring into the jug. Because it is a total juicer, very few things need to be peeled before juicing. The exceptions are citrus fruits and things like pineapples and stone fruit. Otherwise just throw the ingredients in whole, fruit, vegetables, ginger, herbs. It doesn't matter as long as they are raw and fresh.
The motor has five speeds from number 1 enabling it to cope with delicate items such as bananas and leafy vegetables up to number 5 which briskly deals with carrots, beetroot and apples. The instruction booklet gives a full list of fruit and veg with their nutritional content, calorific value and what speed to juice them at.
The waste food pulp is despatched to a large three litre capacity pulp container. The pulp is so completely devoid of juice that it resembles damp powder. This is excellent on the compost bin but I find that my chickens love it for a treat.
The component parts are quickly disassembled and clean up well in a bowl of hot soapy water. The juicer comes with a handy cleaning brush that is small enough to get into every nook and cranny. It can go in the dishwasher too, on the top rack, but I've found it quicker to wash by hand and rinse under the hot tap before leaving it to dry.
An excellent piece of kit that is used several times a week.
I tend to stock up on fruit and veg at the local market and then juice on the same day if possible. It's a much cheaper way to buy fresh than the supermarkets. I make enough to fill a two pint plastic milk bottle and then keep it in the fridge. The addition of a whole, peeled, lemon to any recipe stops the juice from discolouring.
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.