So you heard from somewhere that fresh carrot juice is good for you? Carrots are very rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as rich in a huge list of other nutrients and minerals that can be a bit hard to get by natural means. Eating raw carrots can be a struggle for people with sensitive gums, so drinking juice is a good option.
Personally I love carrot juice because it tastes great – it is sweet without being sickly sweet like a lot of fruit juices, and I find it gives me a real hit of energy too. This is thanks to the fairly complex (often called low GI) sugars found in vegetables. Rather than giving you a sugar high like artificial drinks do, the longer chain saccharides in vegetables take a bit longer to break down, resulting in a steady release of energy.
How do you choose a good carrot juicer then? Let’s just be fair and say that pretty much any good juicer will juice carrots quite well. Sure, some are better than others, but generally speaking carrots are not hard to make juice from. Unlike vegetables like celery or things like wheat grass there are no long tough fibers to clog up your machine, and there is a lot of juice-per-weight in carrots.
Here are my best recommendations based own experience and on word of mouth:
The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer is selling incredibly well at the moment, and clearly juices carrots very well. Jack Lalanne (You would have seen him selling the Power Juicer on late night infomercials) insists that carrot juice is a big component in his own juice diets, and since he is 91 years old and fit as a fiddle he must be doing something right! The Power Juicer is a good choice for hard crunchy vegetables like carrots, and is incredibly fast. You can expect to make a glass of carrot juice in about 10 seconds! As far as a carrot juicer goes, the Power Juicer is well priced and you have the advantage of a 60 day money back guarantee if it turns out you don’t like it.
The Breville Juice Fountain is another good candidate for a suitable carrot juicer. Again it is certainly not made specifically for carrots, but hey – it works very fast and has the great feature of a massive hopper for juice and for pulp. The Breville juicer is a great choice for a family juicer machine, as you can easily make half a gallon at a time. Again you get a good warranty and backing of a respected brand name.
I could quite easily go on and describe more juicers with good reputations that would make excellent carrot juicers. There is the L’equip juicer XL (the L’equip mini is ok for single people but in my opinion really a bit scrawny on power) the Waring juicer and other models like the Juiceman juicer extractor. Rather than drag this out though, you can read up on other juicers in my navigation bar on the right side of the page. As I mentioned, the Power Juicer and Juice Fountain are my favourites but if you can find a good deal on another machine then it’s always worth considering.
At this pointing time I myself am using a Lexen juicer, which is a type of masticating juicer machine. The advantages of masticating juicers are that they preserve more of the goodness of the vegetables you juice, but the down side is slower processing speed. Personally I enjoy using the Lexen even though it is a bit slow due to being the higher quality juice masticating juicer. For a benchmark figure, it takes me about half an hour to make a massive batch of usually celery, carrot, apple, capsicum or similar that then lasts me 3 days. That half an hour includes cleanup. If you are looking at a masticating juicer (maybe even the Lexen) then be assured it will juice carrots perfectly well – just not as fast as a machine like the Power Juicer or Breville Juice Fountain. But of course it is better quality juice from a masticating juicer.
So I won’t re-hash that juicing fruits and vegetables makes a lot of sense if you want to benefit from all these good nutrients and compounds. With a good juicer, be it a carrot juicer or used for everything else too, it quickly becomes possible to consume far more vegetables than if you were just eating them. Of course there is nothing wrong with eating fresh raw vegetables, but for various reasons you may find it easier to drink juicer recipes. This is especially true for people who are suffering from severe illness, or have bad or sore teeth and gums.