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Juicy question of the week: do you need a juicer?

Three glasses of fruit juice

Juicers and jug blenders are becoming big business, partly thanks to an American documentary charting the weight-loss of a man who lived on juice alone. But can juicers and jug blenders live up to the hype?

We’re forever being told that we all need to have our five-a-day of fruit and veg. Well, I don’t know about you, but I often find this tricky in an average day.

However, juices and smoothies seem to be a great way to bump up your fruit and veg intake.

And the idea seems to be catching on, as more people take to picking up a daily juice drink from the local café or making their own at home.

Shop-bought or homemade?

You may have heard of the show Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead in which Joe Cross, an average guy from America, tries to get healthy and lose weight by going on a 60 day plant-based diet. No junk food, just juices.

And what has Joe used to help his juice diet? The Sage by Heston Blumenthal Nutri Juicer Pro, which we recently reviewed to see if it it’s really worth its £299 price tag.

Although you can get cheaper juicers and jug blenders, there is a debate as to whether you should make juices and smoothies yourself, or buy them ready made. At least when you make your own juices or smoothies, you can choose the fruit and veg that goes into them. Ultimately, making your own could save you a lot of money.

Weighing up the options

So which type should you get? Before working on juicers I had no idea that there were two main types: masticating juicers and centrifugal juicers. Centrifugal juicers, like the Sage juicer, extract juice by spinning it rapidly in a sieve containing sharp teeth.

Masticating juicers on the other hand make juice by crushing the fruit and veg, therefore keeping more of the nutrients. Therefore, these types of juicers are often preferred by those wanting to juice for health reasons, but they can be more expensive.

And juicers aren’t the only option – there are jug blenders too. These are especially good if you want to make smoothies and soups. Some versatile models can even make dips and crush ice, perfect for a party.

So are you tempted to buy a juicer or jug blender? Do you prefer to buy juices at the local supermarket? Or do you think it’s all just a fad?

Which of the following do you use to make juices / smoothies?

None of the above (33%, 67 Votes)

Juicer (21%, 42 Votes)

Jug blender (20%, 41 Votes)

Hand-held blender (10%, 20 Votes)

Manual fruit press / juicer (9%, 18 Votes)

Food processor (7%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 185

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I currently have the Philips HR1861 Whole Fruit Juicer (£60 Amazon), I bought this in April of this year to follow Jason Vale 5lbs in 5 days plan.

For me it worked and I lost 11lbs in the space of 5 days by drinking nothing but 100% fruit & veg juices.

Since then I have been juicing everyday and am currently looking forwarded to starting Jason Vale 7lbs in 7 days plan on July 13th.

The reason why i bought the juicer from Amazon is that if i didn’t really use it i could of sent it back for a refund. But am very happy and am so glad I found out of these plans & thanks to these plans I am over 5 stone lighter than I was 3 months ago 🙂

Em says:
5 July 2013

Well congratulations!

If making your own juices provides you with the focus and motivation to stick to a diet plan that works for you, it’s money well spent.


I’m not an expert in nutrition but perhaps your diet could lack protein, fats, and various vitamins – particularly those in the B group and vitamin D in the winter months when there is little exposure to sun. Have a look at the information about vegetarian and vegan diets on the NHS choices website. The general advice is to consult a GP before embarking on a diet because some diets can be harmful to health because they do not provide adequate nutrition.


Lee, there is a documentary on Channel 5, Wednesday night at 8.00pm covering the story of Joe Cross who travelled across the US in 60 days, sticking to a diet of vegetable and fruit juice. He loses seven stone along the way. You should find this interesting viewing.


Oh cool. Thanks for that. I will check it out 🙂

Mark h says:
15 August 2013

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Wow, thanks for that. What a cruel thing to say!


Isn’t it just as effective to eat the raw materials you would put into a juicer? Or does the process add something – aiding digestion for example?
I wonder what the down side is of living on fruit and veg for 60 days. Our bodies need other foods, don’t they, to be healthy? So many diets have been brandished about and shown to be less than healthy.


For me Malcolm, I do not like veg. This is why juices are perfect for me. One of my fave juices is one with 2 Golden Delicious Apples 1 large handful Spinach 1 large handful Kale ½ Lemon (wax free with the skin on) ½ stick Celery, ¼ medium Cucumber 2 cm (1 inch) chunk Broccoli Stem ½ medium Avocado 1 small handful Ice Cubes.

I would never in my life eat all that in one meal time, let alone a week. So the fact I have it all in one drink is perfect for me.