Why You Should Never Use Your Blender to Juice

Alright! This is John Kohler with Discountjuicers.com.
Today we have another exciting episode for you and where I’m coming at you today is
the 2014 Woodstock Food Festival here in upstate New York. The Upstate Food Festival this year
is a two-week event; next year’s going to be a one-week event, celebrating eating fruits
and vegetables. So it’s all about fruits and vegetables you’re living on or primarily
fruit- and vegetable-based diet for the whole time of year, so this is great for detox or
great for athletic performance or great to just for your health. You might want to check them out at Woodstockfoodfestival.com
for future events. But why I’m here today is to share with you guys the different equipment
that they use behind the scenes in the kitchen to make the food for the nearly 500 people
that are in attendance this week. And so the machines we got very quickly at the Vitamix
blender, the Omega VMJ 330 juicer, the Omega VRT 350 juicer, the Omega 8006 Nutrition Center,
and finally, the Green Star Elite. So the chef in the back of the house uses these very
blenders to create all different recipes and delicious food, and she uses a particular
juicer for a particular task. For example, she loves the blender. She’s constantly using the blender, but
for making a juice she might pick one of these juicers, and she’ll pick the juicer that’s
going to best process the produce she’s choosing at that time. So what I’m going
to do next is I’m going to give a talk at the Woodstock Food Festival explaining the
differences between blending and juicing and why you may never want to blend again, and
you’re going to see in the demonstration and hear from the audience that’s in attendance
if they like watermelon that was blended, juiced at a high speed, or juiced at a low
speed using one of these juicers over here. In addition you’re going to learn about
nutrition degradation that can occur when using a blender and why there’s one raw
food educator out there saying that if you blend stuff you use 90 percent of the nutrition.
True, not true? Another things you’re going to learn about is why one of these juicers
maybe be better or worse for you depending on what you want to juice because everyone
does have different needs. So without further ado, let’s get into the talk. JOHN: Alright, hello everybody, I’ll be
speaking about juicers and blenders and their relationship in a raw food diet, or just a
healthy diet in general. I’m going to explain first the differences between the blenders
and the juicers and why you may want to use one instead of the others, as well as I’m
going to give you a demonstration of why you might want to use one instead of the others.
And there’s definitely pros and cons to each; some of the pioneers here might not
even advocate juicing because it removes the fiber and if you’re drinking juice, technically
that’s a processed food. So I would ask you to check in with where
you’re at and see if that’s something good, or not good, for you. In my belief,
I believe juicing is an excellent way to improve your fruit and vegetable consumption and if
you don’t remember anything else from this whole event, it’s your fruit and vegetable
consumption that are the most important thing. It doesn’t matter if the food’s raw or
not, but we want to be eating fresh fruits and fresh vegetables in their whole, raw state
or as close to that as possible. So that’s why we believe the juicers and the blenders
are very beneficial, especially for people and your friends who aren’t even in this
lifestyle. This is a very easy way to get in more fruits and vegetables in their diet.
Primarily I like to blend up my fruits and I like to juice my vegetables, but sometimes
I’ll be juicing my fruits and blending up my vegetables. There’s pros and cons to each and I’ll
do them any way I can get more fruits and vegetables in me and I’ll be healthier because
of it. So with that, let’s go ahead. Once again I said the blenders keep all the fiber
and the juicers remove it, so we’re talking about the blenders, once again, and the juicers,
there’s pros and cons to each. Some people might say, “Blenders are the best because
they always keep the fiber” and it’s totally true that we need the fiber in our diet but
in my opinion, I eat plenty of fresh fruits in their whole natural state and fresh vegetables
that have plenty of fiber so I’m getting fiber running through me. So the blender will
keep all the fiber in there but what’s often not talked about is what the blender does
do to the food that you’re putting in there. The Vitamix, with two plus horsepower, it
runs at 27,000 revolutions per minute, which is very, very fast. Some of the juicers actually
run a lot slower. For example, this one, the Omega VMJ runs at about 11,000 rpms, which
is about half the speed though it is still quite fast. And going over to this side, this
is the Omega VRT Juicer, runs at about 80 rpms. The Omega 8600 runs at 80 rpms. The
Green Star Elite runs at about 125 rpms, and there’s juicers that run as low as 40 rpms
now, so that’s multitudes slower than the Vitamix. What people don’t realize when
they’re saying, “Oh yeah, blending’s the best way to keep the fiber,” they don’t
realize what’s happening in the blender is when you blend, you vortex and the blade
is spinning around very fast, it’s pulling liquid down straight into the vortex. And with that vortex it’s pulling down air.
And when it pulls down the air, that air is oxidizing the food at a very high and rapid
rate. So much so that there’s some people in the raw foods movement, one of them is
named Dr. Bryan Clement, he claims that 90 percent of nutrition is lost when you blend
things. So he just flat out doesn’t recommend blending things. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t
ever blend things because according to Dr. Clement you lose 90 percent of everything
in there. I don’t know if I would believe that it’s 90 percent of everything of whatever
you’re blending that’s lost. Yes, I would agree that it definitely oxidizes more than
stuff in the juicer, but I wouldn’t believe it’s 90 percent, but the fast of the matter
is the blender does oxidize things more. And we see this. I want to do a demonstration
really quick for you guys that I’ve never done before. We’re going to take one of
the watermelons here, and while I don’t necessarily recommend juicing your fruits,
oftentimes I have so many fresh fruits available to me that they start going bad. And I would
rather get the nutrition out of them and into me instead of my compost pile so to eat more
than just one cantaloupe or two cantaloupes for breakfast. You’re piling on two or three
cantaloupes simply by juicing them, by removing all the fiber, removing the pulp and keeping
the liquid and nutrition, the phytochemicals and phytonutrients in there. So that’s when
I juice my fruits, when I have a mass abundance of fruits that I just can’t eat. So we’re
going to go ahead and take this watermelon and try to cut it in half and then we’re
going, that’s probably good, we’re going to cut it in half and what we’re going to
do is take the watermelon and I’m going to take off all the rind. I do recommend juicing the rind on the watermelon;
the rind is actually where the chlorophyll is, where the nutrition is. This happens to
be not an organic watermelon so in that case, I don’t like to juice the rind but if I
grew it in my garden I would totally juice the rind. Now the rind will also make the
watermelon juice not quite as sweet. So if you’re worried about getting a sugar hit,
too much sugar, the rind will mellows it out. I personally like the sweetness of the watermelon.
So you may see people make watermelon juice like this; they’ll literally call it a watermelon
juice by putting the watermelon chunks into the blender. What I’m going to do is start
the blender off. Hopefully we can get this to go down. I need a tamper here. Maybe I’ll cut it. Alright, so that’s
how I wanted to get it for you guys, so I want you guys to see this level. So if you’re,
say for example, making a green smoothie, you’re going to fill it up with water, greens,
and bananas, whatever else, and you’re going to start at a certain level, right? So we
all know where you’re starting. What we’re going to do is run this blender on high to
blend it up. Now where are we at now? Is it higher than when we started? Did we just create
watermelon juice out of thin air? What happened? Sucked air in, added the air in, so now, when
you drink this, it’s aerated so it may cause extra gas, because you’re drinking in air
so you may have some burping, but also this air also causes rapid oxidation to the watermelon
in there. So this is why I don’t necessarily recommend
blending because it does oxidate so much. Now, what’s better, drinking a Coca Cola
or oxidating your watermelon? You guys don’t have to think about that but what’s better
than blending? Well it might just be good just to eat the watermelon without doing anything
because guess what, our teeth, it crushes things up and it works at a very low rpm.
Hopefully you’re chewing all your food up into a mush because we have teeth to create
mush or baby food in our mouths; that’s why we give babies baby food because they
don’t have the teeth to do this. In some cases people might have dentures or might
not have good teeth, they don’t want to chew so much. That’s when the blender could
come in. Next I want to show you guys this very watermelon-y
juices and two different juices to show you the difference. So once again I’m going
to go ahead and cut off all the green skin with a fork and if I could get a volunteer,
I need a volunteer to help me pour out the sample cups. You guys can sample the differences
between these watermelon juices because you guys are going to get to sample the one that’s
aerated and the one that’s not aerated and created with the different juices and how
they taste a little bit different. So next we’re going to use the Omega VMJ, which
runs at like 11,000 rpms. As you can see it’s like adding a lot of air, it’s adding a
lot of foam and froth. It’s even blowing out the juice a little bit. But it’s nice
and fat. So this is why many of the high-speed juicers
that are on the market now, like the Breville or the Jack LaLanne or other juicers that
you buy at the department store, they’re all these low-quality high-speed juicers in
my opinion. But once again, if you’re not going to make juice that takes 20 minutes
and this thing lets you make it in three, and otherwise you’re going to drink a coffee,
tea, or Coke, this is way better. And look, we’re already done juicing that melon. That’s
almost quicker than the blender there. Alright so then we can try this one. Look at that,
look at the consistency. It’s really aerated. You’re drinking more oxygen. So the next
thing is, we’re going to once again take another quarter of this melon and we’re
going to juice it in the Omega VRT. Now this is style machine I like the most because it
oxidizes the least, so you’re going to get the most nutrition in the juice and it’s
also the quietest, for people that are sensitive to noise. And you using your Vitamix or your
high speed juicer every day without hearing prevention it may cause hearing issues because
they are actually quite loud. And I have people that are noise-sensitive
people, actually a lady emailed me like, “John, what’s the quietest juicer because you’re
never covered that before.” So I told her it’s the Omega VSJ 843, a brand new model
that runs at 40 rpms, super quiet and actually it’s really my favorite juicer out there
for juicing most things. So now we’re going to go out there and put this guy in. This
guy you can barely hear running. It just runs nice and easily. It gently and quietly really
squeezes out the juice, the pulp comes out this side, the juice runs out this side. And
look at how clear that juice is. It’s not oxidated, not oxygenated, you’re getting
all the full levels of lycopene and all the vitamins that’s supposed to be in the juice.
It’s in there. So one again with the blender we kept the
fiber; you’re going to taste that as that comes around and then these machines separate
out the fiber. This machine is nice because you can see it coming out. The fiber’s here
and it’s actually still quite wet and runny. Many raw foodies have videos out there on
YouTube saying oh yeah this how you juice watermelons in Vitamix. So as you guys saw
in this juicer, the juice is still kinda pinkish, cloudy and oxygen-y. This one’s a lot more
dark, rich, red. This one’s less oxygenated and has more nutrition in here and it’s
very important for people who can’t drink their juice right after they make it. I always
encourage people to drink the juice right after they make it for the highest nutrition,
many people can’t do this because they don’t work at home like I do or whatnot. They take
their juice to work. So it’s very important if you’re taking
your juice to work to use the minimal oxidation when you extract the juice so that there’s
more nutrition in it later in the day. The juicers or the blenders that make it at high
speed oxidate it more then it breaks down faster. With this style of machine or the
slow juicers, any of the ones on this side of the table, the nutrients will last longer.
They have studies that show this. That goes to show you the simple difference between
the blenders and the juicers and specifically the high-speed juicers and the low speed juicers.
One of the tests I’m not doing today, maybe I should do that with the last watermelon
here, is pretty cool. We’ll have this ready and one of the tests that they use to let
the juices sit out and you could see the juice separation over time. So who likes the Vitamix one the best? Nobody.
Who liked this one the best? Now did everybody get the juice out of this one yet? Wow, everybody
that had the juice out of the VRT liked this one the best so you could taste the difference.
So you want to taste the vitality right? Some people are like Breville juicer or nothing.
The Breville juicer, like this one right? I really want to encourage you to get the
slow juicer because it keeps the nutrition higher and it tastes better. There’s more
nutrition in it and I’m not eating it for any other reason than to get nutrition in
my body. So what we’re going to do is let these sit now. This was made with the Omega
VRT, and this was made in the high speed and you will see the difference in just a little
bit in how they look. I’m going to go ahead and crate out this into containers so you
can see better. So this is the close up on the two different
juicers. You can dramatically see the color difference; this is nice and dark and this
is light. And you guys can taste it. Did everybody get a chance to taste the low speed juice?
In any case, that was the simple demonstration of the watermelon and the oxidation that occurred
in the blender so it’s always best to process your food at the lowest rpm possible. You
know, we’re not even done because some people like to blend up everything. You can use certain
juicers as pseudo-blenders to mush up everything so this model here, the Omega 8006 actually
has a little attachment here that you could pull out. This happened to be the juicing screen — it
has holes in it — but they have what’s called a blank plate that has a solid place
so that whatever you put in here it just mushes up at low rpm. Now it’s not going to get
it as smooth and as creamy as the blender would, but it’s going to mash up fairly
well, so I have a video entitled “Making a ground salad” basically grinding things
up into a smaller particle size, and in the process it does release a lot of juice. Once
again, the reason why I did this was because I was traveling once and I didn’t feel like
eating my super-large salad that night and I didn’t want to chew as much so by running
it through the juicer at low rpm I minimally damaged the nutrition in the food and also
I’ve broken it down and created a different texture, which I really like playing with
texture in my diet. You know the blender makes one texture, that
juicer makes one texture, and the aeration and the smoothness and how it tastes. So that’s
why I like to use this in that way in some cases, just to grind up the food at low rpm
if that’s what you want to do. One time I even made a salad dressing, because normally
I make a salad dressing in the blender. I might use some macadamia nuts and some orange
juice, one of my favorite salad dressings, but I didn’t have a blender with me for
a raw food chef competition I entered once. You actually had to use the juicer to put
both items in and get them to mix up and crush everything down to make a dressing and it
worked alright. It took a lot of work and it was a pain in
the butt to clean, and I like to always recommend to use the right tool for the right job, so
that’s what I want to get into next because we have a whole different selection of juicers
here. Each one has their specifics pros and cons. One of the pros of high-speed juicers
is, I showed you one of the cons before which is it oxygenates the juice and doesn’t taste
as good, but the low-speed juicers, these are all low-speed juicers, they each operate
a little differently. This is called a Vertical Single Auger machine. This is actually last
year’s mode;, it’s an older model. It basically has an auger in there, you put
the produce in there, an edge comes around and it chops it up and it compresses the space
where the produce is and presses it smaller and smaller and it’s crushed. The juice
is squeezed out through the screen and it comes out this side and the pulp comes out
that side, and this is called the Vertical Auger. In general the vertical auger juicers
like this style, and this is the Omega VRT although the Omega’s latest model is the
Omega VSJ 340, it’s much superior to this in my opinion. These are pretty much good for all-around
juicers so in my opinion, this would take the place of the high-speed centrifugal juicers
if you’re just going to get one machine. It’ll juice green, it’ll juice wheatgrass,
it’ll juice carrots, it’ll juice fruits, and it all does them fairly well. But if you
say, “John, I know that juicing leafy greens are really important and I don’t usually eat
enough leafy greens in my diet. I just want to focus on leafy greens.” Then you might
not want to get this because this is a good all-around juicer, if you want to juice a
little bit of everything and you don’t know exactly what you want to juice. And that’s
where the next model comes in. This is the Omega 8006, and this is a horizontal single
auger machine. So this works similar to the vertical one, but instead of the auger going
up and down and taking less space on your countertop, the auger’s going horizontally,
and this is at once again at an 80 rpm. You put something in there, it chops off a
piece, and it works off in this direction and as it goes down it presses it and presses
it and squeezes the juice out and the juices comes out the bottom and the pulp comes out
the front of the machine. So this style of machine tends to work really well on the leafy
green vegetables. Like this one does wheatgrass, far more superior to this one, and it also
does a much better job on herbs, and if you want to juice herbs or medicinal herbs people
are now juicing for a lot of benefits, and leafy greens, it just really gets a high yield
on this. Now this is last year’s model of the horizontal
single auger machine. The brand new one’s the Omega NC 400, and that’s the one I recommend
now if you guys wanted to get a horizontal single auger machine that has a wider feed
chute. It gets a 25 percent higher yield on my test on leafy greens than this one. This
one is still superior. Another benefit of this machine over this machine is that this
machine is easier to clean and takes about half the time. I talk fast and I clean fast
and this one takes me about a minute and a half to clean. This one takes me about three
minutes to clean, so I might take you three minutes and five minutes or three minutes
and six minutes if you’re not quite as efficient and move very quickly. And finally we have
over here we have the Green Star Elite juicer. This one works a lot different. This one’s
still a low-speed machine but this one does not have a single plastic auger like the other
machines. What this has inside here, it actually has two gears, so this is kind of like the
guys inside your transmission in your car, with the two metal gears that you put the
produce in and they crush and squeeze the juice and this is in several distinct sections.
So first they have the crushing section here with these specialized gears. Then as the
pulp moves down, they have the mixing section, which is like these rounded plastic gears
here and finally this end part, where the plastic gets not quite as smooth. That’s
the squeezing section, that finally squeezes out all the juice. It’s literally a three-stage
juicer. This most resembles the Norwalk juicer. The Norwalk, you put the produce through,
it grinds it up in this section, then this section’s the pressing stage so if you need
to get the juicer with the highest-quality juice, that makes the highest-quality hands
down that I’ve seen testing on in my opinion is the Green Star Elite juicer. Now this juicer,
while that does sound like oh yeah I’m going to get the highest-quality juicer, once again
every juicer has its pros and cons. If you’re a lady, you probably own more than one pair
of shoes. You probably have twelve pairs of shoes, maybe fifteen. One for running, one
for the beach, one for a wedding, one for jogging. And if you’re a guy, I met a guy
here earlier that’s into fishing, you know, sport fishing, and I asked him, “How many
rods and bait things or whatever do you have?” And he has a bunch because if he’s going
to do bass he gets the long one and if it’s trout it’s the smaller one and he always
has to use a different kind of lure, right? So me and juicers are like that. I’ve got
multiple juicers and depending on what I’m juicing I’m going to grab the juicer off
my shelf of twenty juicers to juice the thing I’m juicing at that time. Like if I’m juicing
cactus fruit, I would never use this one, I would never use this one, I would never
use that one. I would never use a blender. I would always use this one. But if I’m
juicing wheatgrass, like screw everything else, I use this one. So if you’re going
to buy one juicer, it’s very important to make the proper decision and get the one that’s
best going to meet your needs. Like “John, I’m only going to use wheatgrass 100 percent
of the time and virtually no fruit,” then in my opinion it would be this. If you say,
“John, I want to get the juicer with the highest level of nutrition in the juice that
lasts the longest so I can store it for three days because I can only juice once every three
days because I’m in my truck driving on the road,” then I would say go for this
one. There’s so many pros and cons that’s why
I’ve made more than 350 videos on YouTube comparing this one to this one, and this one
to this one, so you guys can see the yield difference but also learn what I talk about
the difference between them because my job, I’m kind of
like that shoe salesman when I was a kid,
I don’t think we have them anymore, but when I was a kid we would go into the shoe
store and they would measure your foot. The shoe guy would put on the thing and press
on your toe and tell you to walk around and make sure you got fit with the right shoe.
I’m trying to fit you guys with the right juicer so you guys get the right juicer the
first time around and you’re happy with it and can start using it every day to include
more fruits and vegetables in your every day life, if that’s what you desire, so you
can get healthier. So some of the cons about the Green Star Elite
is that there’s a bunch of parts on here to clean, and the screen is the hardest part
to clean on any juicer, that’s how I found it in the kitchen. They didn’t clean it
thoroughly enough and so the screen is definitely difficult to clean. You get a special brush
to clean it out and it takes long, that’s why it’s easier to have the least amount
of screen you need to clean. This probably has more screen area than that, but the VRT
has the most, but I find on the VRT that the way the screen is designed, it’s easier
to clean and get the stuff out than this, this has very small holes. Also there’s a number of numerous parts
on here that you have clean and take apart in addition on this machine, very specifically
when you’re juicing in this area, it gets flooded and crudded with juice, so you have
to spray it down and clean it thoroughly if you want it clean after every use. So that’s
one of the negatives. And the price is a negative. I think this is the most expensive machine
on the table, I think followed by the Vitamix the next most expensive, and then this machine,
and then this machine, and then the VMJ that we had to remove is the least expensive on
the table. And another thing I like to talk about is warranties. The warranties vary for all the different
machines; I want to encourage you guys to get a machine with a nice long warranty because
a warranty is insurance that you’re going to have a juicer for years to come. Many of
the inexpensive juicers you might buy at the department store, and even so the high-end
juicers sold at William Sonoma have short 90 day, one-year, or like two-year warranties.
The machines on this table are serious juicers, like the Omega 8006, that has a 15-year warranty. So for the next 15 years they’re going to
guarantee a juicer. This guy here has a 12-year warranty, which is super long. And then the
Omega VRT has a 10-year warranty. So I mean the manufacturers, I hold them to their warranties,
and the brands that I choose to offer, they have
good warranty support. And if you purchase a juicer from me and you have problems with
it, you just got to let me know what’s going on and I’ll be the liaison to the manufacturer
to make sure they take care of you if they’re not. But all the companies that I work with,
they’ve always taken care of my customers, otherwise I wouldn’t be selling their stuff
because it’s very important to me, that besides selling juicers, that you’re going
to be able to use it for a long time. The way that I got into raw foods, many people
don’t know this, but I saw a juice man infomercial on TV back in the 1990s when I got out of
the hospital with spinal meningitis that I learned I had a complement immune deficiency,
which is a chronically weak immune system, and I knew I needed to build up my immune
system some way and I had no idea how I was going to do that, but I saw an infomercial
on TV, Jay Cortes the Juice Man, and all I needed to hear in that infomercial was you
could lose weight, have more energy, and he said, “And build your immune system.” And I thought oh, I need to build up my immune
system that’s weak, because I was diagnosed with this weak immune system, so I started
juicing, and that was my foot in the door with raw foods. I know I’ve changed many
people’s lives with my juicing videos, because they get excited about juicing and then they
started doing it, and once they start doing it, then they feel the results and they want
to go further and take the next step, whether that means eating a raw foods diet, growing
their own high-quality produce, whatever it is. And then juicing is a good standby. And
even if you’re not into raw foods, you can get a juicer as a gift for people at Christmastime.
It’s one of the biggest gifts you can give them. You don’t have to tell them to use it but
if you give it to them they have the option of using it to get healthier and you can give
them the juicer and the DVD movie titled, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead,” which many
of you guys may have seen because that will really get the motivated if they’re in the
space to change because they’re not feeling good. Next I want to juice some greens because
I don’t think anybody here’s had any greens lately. So what we’re going to juice today
is, we’ve got some romaine hearts, so I really like to juice romaine hearts; they’re
really simple, quick, and easy to juice, and this is a straight up green juice. I’m not
adding any fruit and I would normally juice something like this, romaine hearts for a
nice leafy green milk flavor. We got some cucumbers, we got some celery,
and we got some collard greens here and I think the juicers we’re going to be using
today, if we can do it, are these two machines if we can pour out the watermelon juices here.
The cool thing about both these machines is they’re relatively quiet, and I like that
on the Omega 8006, there’s no cutting of the produce required. So for example if you
want to make green juice this machine is really cool because you can put a whole piece of
celery in there and it’s just going to juice right up. We’ve got the juice coming out
the bottom and the pulp coming out the front. Now we want to use the same piece of celery
in the Omega VRT you could just put it down there but you’re asking for problems because
the way this machine works it doesn’t break up all the celery strands like this machine
does. And if you get celery strands that get stuck in your teeth, it will also get stuck
in this juicer here as it comes up and it’ll clog it up, and then it’ll make this machine
perform horribly to the point that you’ll say, “John, this machine sucks, it makes
smoothies with a bit of juice.” And I’m like what’s up, and what I determine is
that you have to take the celery and you have to cut it into 8-inch pieces, like you’d
have to dice this into small pieces so that it doesn’t clog up. That’s the deal with that style of juicer;
once again every juicer has its pros and cons. You don’t to deal with clogs don’t get
this juicer. And I try to show this in my videos and let people make the choice of what
they want to do. I personally don’t mind cutting the celery up because the other thing
that you don’t realize is that now that I’ve got this cut-up celery, all I got to
do is drop it in there. Once I drop it in there, check it out, it’s auto-feeding,
it just sucks it in there. On this one right, if I let it sit there, it kind of auto feeds
but it’s going to there forever and every piece of produce I juice I got to sit there
and take time and waste and push in. I’d rather cut it all up, have it going, look
at that I’m juicing with two juicers at once. I just like pre-cutting stuff and letting
the juicer deal with it. Once again on the celery, I mean the cucumber, we can’t put
that in there but on this one, check it out, just drop it in there, you could see it get
sucked in. On this one next door we have to cut it in half and put it in there and it
kind of sucks in but it just sits there. You have to push it. I’m not into pushing stuff
into juicers. Next thing we’ll juice, we’re going to juice this romaine here if I can
cut off the bottom, we’re going to chop this in half. I always like cutting it up.
We could put this in whole…this does have some fiber so we optimally we probably should
chop it up for best results, but in this one we could easily put it in whole as long as
it fits in, which it looks like it will. Chopping stuff up doesn’t take a lot of
time, just make sure you’re not cutting your fingers off. So I like how I can just
drop that stuff in there, suck it in, and juice it on up. The other thing I want to
talk about that’s important is when feeding the juicers to not feed things in and push
things in too quickly because that’ll mess it up. One of the things I’m not going with
the Omega VRT is I’m not pushing it in because if I’m using the pusher, I’m pushing things
in extra into the juicer when it may not be ready for it. It’s like if you’re chewing
your food up and you have a big bite of salad in there and you’re done not chewing and
swallowing and you try shoving another mouthful in there, it’s not going to fit. It’s going to mess you up and it does the
same to the juicers; if you try to feed the juicers too quickly, it can cause extra foam,
extra frothing, and extra clogging. Alright, so let’s see what haven’t we juiced already.
We haven’t juiced the collard leaves. So the collard leaves in the Omega 8006 are wonderful
because we’re just going to take two collard leaves and roll them up like a big cigar for
those of you guys that went to high school once, maybe like a big doobie. We’re going
to go ahead and put them in. It just goes in really easily and juices right up. If you
look at this pulp, this pulp on the green is super dry. Once again though, on the Omega VRT, we could
put it in there but once again, this has nice fibrous long strings right here that’ll
get stuck in the juicer so once again we’re going to take it and cut it into 8-inch pieces
very quickly and easily. And now we’re going to go ahead and dump it in. And once again
this is fairly auto-feeding as well, so I like that a lot. Now another thing I have
to mention that’s very important when using the juicer is to not do things haphazardly,
which I have been doing today because I’m doing a demo. Normally what I would do is
take all the produce and free cut it. So if I’m using the VRT, I take the collard
greens, the celery, and the romaine and basically cut it up and have little piles on my cutting
board. Pile of romaine, pile of celery, and a pile of the collard leaves, and then the
cucumbers I try just cutting in half. And then I take a hand each of the collard leaves,
the romaine and put that in the machine. I follow that with the cucumber, which is the
softest item, then I follow that with the celery. These machines, all the different
slow juicers, they all required fibrous material to push the pulp out. If you’re giving it something like soft
mushy apples, none of the slow juicers in general work very well. They really need some
hard fibrous material. Pears are one of the most excellent things to have to help push
forward the fiber. Celery’s fairly good if you just chop it up properly. Let’s go
ahead and put some more celery in there. Does anybody have any questions on all the different
juicers while I finish making this green juice for you guys? AUDIENCE: [indiscernible] JOHN: Do I recommend the new version of this
one? So the new version of the Omega 8006 is the Omega NC800 in the US. If you live
in Europe it would be the Omega Sana juicer, and I do recommend that one if you want to
juice mostly leafy greens. That’s the best juicer for leafy greens and wheatgrass that
I’ve tested. If you want to juice a lot of fruit, then I would definitely not recommend
this and once again, every machine has its pros and cons. I like different juicers for
different reasons. JOHN: The main difference between these two?
So the main difference between these two is one’s horizontal and one vertical. One takes
less counter space, one takes more counter space. One, like I showed you, you have to
push each item of produce in. This one’s more auto-feeding. This one you need to pre-cut
the produce before you put it in so it gets sucked in on its own whereas this one’s
going to take a little bit of time. This one is actually easier to clean, this one’s
a little more difficult to clean. This one, if you want to make more volume of juice,
you’re going to be done quicker in general than this one, overall it just works a little
bit quicker. The price, in general, the vertical juicers cost more than the auger juicers. This one handles fruits better, like if you
want to juice fruits by themselves, this one makes an amazing cactus fruit juice. I think
everybody should be juicing cactus fruit. How many people in here have used cactus fruit
before? A handful of you. You got to start watching my videos. But cactus fruit juice
is amazing, if you’ve drank it you know how good it is. The one nutrient you need
the most is the nutrient you’re not getting, so that’s why I like to eat a diversity
of foods in my diet — all kinds of fruits and vegetables you can eat raw. And most people
haven’t eaten cactus fruit. And when you’ve eaten the cactus fruit juice, it’s so sweet,
but the problem is with this juicer, it will simply not do it effectively. This juicer does it quite well. It’s really
tough because everybody says, “John, what’s the juicer to buy?” And I’m like I don’t
know, what do you want to juice? I’m just going to talk to each person individually
to find out what they want to juice, determine what they want to juice, and find the criteria
that are important. Maybe they don’t care if the juicer has a one-year warranty. To
me that’s super important. If a juicer breaks after on year and that’s a $300 juicer,
you got to buy another one, but if you have a 15-year warranty and it breaks in year 14,
you’re covered. You won’t have to spend another $400 or
whatever. And some people want a juicer that’s easy to clean, some people want a juicer that’s
quiet, some people want to juice different foods and it always just depends so it’s
hard for me to say. I like my juicers but in general I will tell you, having 20 juicers
at home in my house, I use about three of them, four of them at most, and the ones I
use the most are the Omega NC800, which is the new version of this. I use the Omega VSJ
843, which is the new version of this one. I also use the Slow Star Juicer, which is
a different brand of this machine that actually has homogenizing, which we did not talk about
much. And I also use the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer, as well as my Orange Press juicer.
Everybody will have their own favorite personal juicer. I have my favorite, based on what
I’m juicing on that day. MAN: What’s the last one that you mentioned?
The Orange Press? JOHN: It’s the Orange Press, or actually
it’s called the Olympus Citrus Press. I oftentimes, like you guys have had unlimited
orange juice here, I’ll usually have oranges or something to juice if I’m super late running
out the door and I want something to eat and I can’t get one of these, I can make juice
in this machine. I made 32 ounces of juice before a flight I had last week in like ten
minutes and be out the there; I didn’t clean up, my roommate did. I had to peel my cactus
fruit, juice it, and I was out. Thirty-two ounces of juice in the juicer. All cactus
fruit. And I have a video from start to finish with
this machine. I get a pitcher of juicer this big under 15 minutes including the cleanup.
People make excuses like, “I don’t have enough time to juice.” If you want to do
something bad enough, you will make the time. If your husband or wife is important to you,
you will make the time to spend with them. And you get faster. As you guys see, I’m talking
and chopping and juicing. I mean this is what I do. I juice every day and it’s not a joke.
I think it’s sad that many companies sell juicers and they don’t know a lot about
them and they might not even use them because they could be selling [indiscernible] for
all they care. I’m selling juicers because I want to empower people to create positive
change in their life and become healthier because I’m simply glad to be alive today
because I was given a second chance. MAN: You’re doing it, you’re doing it! JOHN: Alright, so are there any other questions
for me here while I finish up making this? Yes. WOMAN: I get there’s that plastic plug inside,
you know what I’m talking about? JOHN: Right, in the bottom. WOMAN: Do you know if it closes while you’re
juicing, I mean what’s the purpose of that? JOHN: The plastic plug on the bottom that’s
yellow? The little flap? WOMAN: And you can push it in? JOHN: Right, sure. So she’s talking about
in this machine, let’s go ahead and turn this off really quick. In this machine there’s
this little plastic plug right there and this little plastic plug here, the job of this
plug is to keep the produce in the machine after it breaks down and to extract the most
juice, because if we left this plug out it would send out more pulp that was more wet,
and you would be sacrificing some of the juice actually. SO always when using the machine
you want to put this plug in to put backpressure on the pulp. The only time when you’re going
to remove it is for cleaning. You’re going to want to keep this in all the time and just
remove it for cleaning. MAN: Does that act as the thing on the end
on the Green Star? JOHN: Right, exactly. So on this machine down
there is a little spring tensioner that puts pressure on the pulp that doesn’t let it
out until it’s dry. And that one’s automatic. This one is manual so in some cases when you’re
juicing and it’s screwed in all the way in and you start backing up and stuff starts
coming out the feed chut, it’s like this is not doing its job. You need to unscrew
that to let some of the pulp come out. And it’s the same on this machine here. This
machine here, in the back here and in the screen here has a little plastic or silicone
piece to put some back pressure in there. Now that the newer model of this is actually
an adjustable end cap so you determine the backpressure, so that allows you to get a
little bit more juice, higher yields from my testing. But if you don’t want to deal with extra
parts, some of these extra parts that detach here go down people’s garbage disposals
and you lose it and all this kind of stuff. This is just easy to use. But that’s another
thing when you’re selecting a juicer. Everybody could ride a tricycle, hopefully, right, because
it has three wheels, you get on it and pedal. You’re not going to fall over. Most people
here have ridden a bicycle, but you’ve got to learn to balance yourself. And then a unicycle,
that’s super difficult. You’ve really got to balance it. Some juicers are more like
tricycles, like the juicer here. That’s like a tricycle. You just put stuff in, and it’s going to
juice for the most part. Leaves, and that kind of stuff, that’s not really juicing
that well. This one’s more like a tricycle. This one’s more like a bicycle. This guy,
a little bit more like a unicycle because there’s a secret learning curve to get to
know how to use it right when you get it but when you start to use it some and use it for
about a month, you’ll get the hang of it and learn it just like your boyfriend or girlfriend
or husband or wife, they have peculiarities about them and you get to know them and oh
yeah, Drew likes his eggs over easy. His juice with no kale. WOMAN: [indiscernible] JOHN: So the question is why did I not like
juicing fruits with the horizontal juicer? The main reason I don’t like juicing fruits
with a horizontal juicer is simply because they don’t do it well. I’m all about efficiency
whenever possible in most things in my life, and this machine is just not efficient at
juicing fruits. I could fruits in there, I’m putting cucumbers in there and it’s doing
a fairly decent job, but I did pineapples in this thing and I have videos showing the
results. The pineapple doesn’t go through, it clogs up, it backs up, it’s not coming
out through the chute, the pulp’s not coming out, there’s not adjustment, and it’s
just not coming out. And then I went to my friend’s house with
one of these, which is one of the best juicers, but I wanted to juice the pineapple and I’m
putting it in there, and I’m like, “This is not working,” and I was just getting
frustrated. I had a coconut with the whole coconut meat so I put the coconut and put
the pineapple through because it provided the fiber to push the softer coconut through.
It just didn’t work. If I’m using pineapple, I’m using this thing, so that’s why I
don’t like using this one for fruits because it’s just not effective. And it takes me
longer, like I would much rather take cactus fruits, chop them in half, auto-blend them
in, my juice comes out. All I’ve got to worry about now is peeling
my cactus fruit back, cutting it in half, dropping it in there, and it’s done while
with this one I’ve got to cut the corners, and I’d had to sit there and push it in.
This one’s so efficient it’ll actually grind up the cactus fruit seeds, it makes
seeds in the juice like texture, it’ll make the juice not quite as sweet because it’s
juicing the seeds which is probably a good thing because it has the antioxidants in the
seeds. It just takes longer, so that’ll be the answer to that one. MAN: The vertical juicer, is it good for oranges? JOHN: The vertical juicer, yes. So I have
juiced citrus in here, I do recommend when juicing citrus is that you take the citrus
and you peel off the orange coloring on the outside. You leave the white pith. That’s
where the most nutrition is and where all the fiber is. So the more pith you put in
the juicer, the better it’s going to work. The less pith you put in, it’s not going
to work. My favorite combo actually is pineapple and orange juice. And there’s a special
technique to juicing pineapples in these styles of machines as well. The core has the most
fiber but also the most strings and it gets backed up the most. Yes. WOMAN: Nutritionally speaking, can the Omega
VRT, can I feel good about that forever, as compared to say one that Gerson recommends? JOHN: For those that don’t know Gerson therapy,
it’s a therapy that they use for cancer patients and people that doctors basically
sent home to lose their life. There’s no cure for them, and he recommends the Norwalk
Juicer. They actually have two in the kitchen today that they’ve been using to make your
banana ice cream, a nice fluffy banana ice cream, and I love banana ice cream. When Gerson
was alive, that was all they had, they didn’t have VRTs, and I’m confident that if they
had the Green Star, the VRT, he may have used that, but all they had at that time was the
centrifugal juicer, the high-speed one, or the Norwalk, which is a much more lower speed
and damages the nutrients much less. I’ve seen testing that shows the Green Star
will produce a higher amount of nutrition than the Norwalk, and so the companies that
have the vertical juicer haven’t exactly done the same kind of testing but I’m just
surmising from my opinion from the taste and from using them because they’re also at
a low rpm, they’re also making a high-quality juice. I use low rpms in my house. I have
the Norwalk, I have that, but I don’t use them because they’re a pain in the butt,
not time-efficient, so I’m happy with these for a generally healthy person. Now if I had
some disease, I’m just going to use that because I want to give myself every possible
advantage. Who wants more watermelon juice? We’ll bring that back to you guys in. Somebody
go around and share the green juice. MAN: What’s the difference between an Omega
juicer and the VRT juicer? JOHN: So the next question is what’s the
difference between the Omega Juicer and the VRT juicer. Basically this Omega and the VRT
are exactly the same in the USA. The same thing with minor differences. Any other questions? WOMAN: John? JOHN: Yes? WOMAN: What if you find, okay, back to my
plug problem, the first thing that you answered. Sometimes I find that when I’m cleaning
my Omega, underneath there’s liquid. JOHN: Right so if you pull the plug out, there
will definitely be liquid. WOMAN: Okay, so that’s what it is. JOHN: Another thing is, two, on the vertical
juicer, oftentimes there may be liquid on all vertical juicers just because that’s
part of the design. The seals tend to go bad so it leaks juice but the other problem is,
if you’re not using it properly and it’s backing up inside there, the juice goes past
the resistance which is down the center tube thing there. So it’s very important to use
it properly. If you do have the Omega VRT I would recommend watching the video online
which is titled, “Best Practices for Omega VRT” where I share my tips. I also have
“How to Make a Green Juice in an Omega VRT,” where I share even more tips and after watching
some of those you might get the technique down and you’ll minimize your leakage. Yes. JOHN: Alright, I’ll hang out here for a
little more if you want to come up and talk to me. Thank you. JOHN: So I hope you guys enjoyed your episode
filmed here at the 2014 Woodstock Food Festival. If you guys like eating fresh fruits and fresh
vegetables, you’re gonna want to come out to the 2015 Woodstock Food Festival. They’re
actually doing them twice. They’re doing one in Hawaii in April, which is going to
be more party/vacation/tour of Hawaii with unlimited fresh fruits and vegetables to eat,
and then they’re gonna be doing it again in August 2015 in upstate New York once again
and man, it’s just a party. I love it so much and these are the very equipment and
juicers and blenders they use behind the scenes in the kitchen and you could also use in your
home. Hopefully after watching this video you’ve
learned some of the pros and cons of using the blender or the juicers, and also the juicer
that may be best for you. Now be aware that the juicers that I showed in this video, some
of them are older models. So nowadays, Omega instead of the VRT 350, they have the Omega
VSJ 843 which is my new favorite vertical single auger juicer. Omega also has the Omega
NC800, which is the upgraded model of this NC 8006 that I showed. And the Vitamix is
the good old Vitamix The model I recommend is the Vitamix Turboblend VS. That’s the
model you’d want if you’re into getting into a healthy fruit-based and vegetable diet.
It comes with a nut bag and a really cool DVD as well as a recipe book that does not
come with any either Vitamix. That will encourage you to eat more plant-based
healthy foods instead of the other processed and junk foods that may be contained in the
other Vitamix recipe books that may come with the Vitamix. So I hope you guys enjoyed this
episode. If you want to learn more about the juicers and see specific juicer comparison
tests, make sure to check out my YouTube channel. I have over 350 videos at this point describing
them and comparing them side by side so that you guys can learn which juicer may be the
best for you, because the best juicer for me may not be the best one for you but it
depends all on what you want to juice. So to purchase the juicers you saw today, be
sure to visit the site Discountjuicers.com. Once again, my name is John Kohler with Discountjuicers.com
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