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Philips HR1868 Juicer Review

    For those who don't know, I love juicing. I have at least one large homemade fruit and vegetable juice every day. I was naturally excited to be able to review Philips latest generation of juicer. So what is it like?

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Well. Here's a video! :)

It's currently selling for £100 on Amazon. If you don't have a good juicer yet, I'd highly recommend this, just don't believe Philips marketing about super easy cleaning system.


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Why would you buy this and not something like a Nutri Ninja (cheaper at £70, easier to clean)?

Avoid the Nutri Bullet though, it's expensive, and not very powerful, also it can't do ice cubes (for smoothies - breaks the blades, apparently).

Not that I'm into any of this stuff, I just keep seeing the bleeding Nutri Bullet adverts on Sky TV late at night, so I went looking for a review and found it wasn't very good (as these heavily advertised things always are!) and they recommended the Ninja Nutri instead.

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The bullet type devices are basically mini blenders used to make single small smoothies. Smoothies are different from juices as they still contain all the fruit / veg pulp. Juicing is better is some aspects as you can 'fit more vitamins in' to your drink.

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The bullet type devices are basically mini blenders used to make single small smoothies. Smoothies are different from juices as they still contain all the fruit / veg pulp. Juicing is better is some aspects as you can 'fit more vitamins in' to your drink.

 

I don't quite follow that logic. With the Ninja or Bullet type devices, you throw in the fruit while, skin and all and it uses every bit of it. Kiwi Fruit, for instance, contains a decent amount of fibre in the skin which you can include in your smoothie (it's one of my smoothie staple ingredients, I have a green smoothie for breakfast every day!).

 

I always thought with juicers you had to do a small amount of prep first of all, such as peeling and coring the fruit? Then an hours worth of washing up afterwards...

 

The main difference as I see it is the Juicers can make larger quantities in a single go, so if you want to produce enough juice for a household of people you can do so, whereas a Ninja or Bullet is one use at a time.

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How much useful fibre is actually left in these smoothies once they've been blended/juiced to smithereens?

I've read that, nutritionally, smoothies and similar drinks are not as good for you as the unprocessed fruit due to the lack of fibre.

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How much useful fibre is actually left in these smoothies once they've been blended/juiced to smithereens?I've read that, nutritionally, smoothies and similar drinks are not as good for you as the unprocessed fruit due to the lack of fibre.

It depends on how it's done. If you put the whole fruit, skin and all, into a blender and blend it you're not losing anything at all; what went in comes out. If you have to remove anything, or if you're left with any waste and pulp after the juice is extracted, you've lost the benefit contained within that 'waste'. Often that is quite solid and contains a lot of fibre.

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Even if you use the whole fruit, once the "fibre"is liquefied by blending then it's not going to perform the same function as it would in its more solid state, which is the point the nutritionists are making when comparing smoothies with the original fruit.

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Fibre just aids the mechanism of passing through waste. Bulk from the solid fibre and "lube" from the soluble fibre. Any RDA for fibre is totally made up and based on zero evidence. It's not some essential requirement in the typical "nutrient" sense. You get it where you get it and you don't need to really think about it unless you're having...........problems.

 

On the same token, fruit is incredibly overrated when it comes to nutrient efficiency. It gets bundled in as if its one and the same with vegetables, but it's really not the case.

The more "none green" juices and smoothies that are bulked out mainly with fruit rather than veg are just full of sugar. Sugar is not a good diet basis, but it seems to be a pretty big one these days! (any carbs that don't get burned directly are turned in to sugar)

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Indeed, I put fresh spinach and a handful of nasty carbs (blueberries) amongst other things in my protein smoothies. I just use a standard blender. I did try avocado too, but it's got to be the right amount for the total volume otherwise the smoothie turns out like glue.

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