Ever heard these words: 2-ethylhexyl phthalate and diisononyl phthalate? No? We hadn't either. They're the same chemicals used to make a PVC pipe and according to this Environmental Health Perspectives study, if you drive up to a window for lunch, you're probably eating them.
These chemicals that are lurking in your burger have been shown to interfere with fertility, decrease childrens' IQs, delay puberty and increase the risk of birth defects.
You may be wondering:
Should I never eat a golden, crispy, salty, delicious french fry from a bag again? The truth is, most people agree that in moderation, fast foods are okay. But to keep your body healthy, most of your foods should be fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The problem is that we sometimes have trouble getting as many servings per day as we need.
What's the bottom line?
There is one way to make getting all your nutrients easier on yourself - juicing. But in order to juice, you need to own a juicing machine. Luckily, we've reviewed the best juicers out there. So hopefully next time you can skip that trip to McDonalds and have a refreshing juice instead.
You almost can't beat the price of this Hamilton Beach juicer. It's easy to use and light weight so it can be stowed away when not in use.
This juicer is extremely loud and tends to leak.
Juice production: For a machine of this price, the juice production is pretty significant, although you might have to run the pulp through twice for best results.
Clean-up: Cleaning this juicer might take a little scrubbing. Since it leaks, it's a little messy, and may require some counter clean-up as well.
Price: This one's the second cheapest on our list. Great machine for beginners or those new to juicing.
The Breville Compact Juice fountain lives up to its name, taking up much less counter space than other juicers in its league, while still maintaining great quality.
It only has one speed, so you can't slow it down to juice greens more effectively.
This machine is fast, so you'll need to feed your produce through slowly for maximum output. But, overall, most customers are pleased with the amount of juice it produces.
The Compact Fountain only has four parts and a bottom-dumping pulp bin, making it much easier to clean than other centrifugal juicers.
This one's priced right. If you're not ready to spring for a pricier model, it's a very good starter.
The Tribest Green Star Elite is a sturdy, well-made product. The sturdy twin gear squeezes even coconuts completely dry.
A lot of the parts are plastic and it's difficult to clean. It also has a small chute so you will need to cut your fruit into smaller pieces before putting it in the juicer.
The twin gear assembly squeezes the most juice out of your produce.
This juicer takes some time to clean. Pulp tends to get stuck in the screen.
The price of the Tribest is on the high-end of the juicers we've reviewed, but its sleek style and functionality are well worth the cost.
The Omega J8006 has a large enough chute for whole apples. It's one of the most powerful juice machines on the market, leaving you with more juice and drier pulp than other juicers.
The chute on this machine tends to jam so you'll have to dig out bits of fruits and veggies periodically. It also takes up a lot of counter space, so it's not great for small kitchens.
This juicer uses a masticating-style process, utilizing an auger to press out the maximum amount of juice from produce even as fine as wheatgrass.
Clean-up is a breeze with this Omega juicer. It comes apart easily and you can simply run the parts under cold water after each use.
At right around $300, the Omega J8006 is about average-priced for a juicer of this quality.
The Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer has a large chute for inserting whole fruits and its low-speed masticating technology ensures you get the most juice out of your fruits and veggies. It's equipped with a heavy-duty motor designed for less noise and vibration.
The juicer tends to clog when juicing dense vegetables such as carrots. The juice has to be strained sometimes even after running through the juicer because of excess pulp.
This juicer will squeeze every ounce of juice out of your produce, leaving you with dry pulp and all the nutrients.
Clean-up is a breeze with this machine. They recommend adding water and running the machine for a few seconds to clean the inner parts. As long as you wash it immediately after each use, it should take you no more than a few minutes.
This machine's a little pricey but most customers claim it's worth every penny.
The Breville 800XL Juice Fountain Elite has a monster 1800W motor that gobbles up your produce in a matter of seconds. It's built to last with solid metal parts and a super sleek design, so you won't hate having it on your counter.
Because of this machine's tank-like construction, it takes up a little more counter space than some of the other juicers.
This machine is one of the top centrifugal machines for juice output. It will squeeze the life out of a whole apple in just a few seconds and leave you with dryer pulp than some of the commercial models. It also juices leafy greens and wheatgrass efficiently, which is usually a job left to the masticating juicers.
Most of the parts of this juicer can be easily rinsed with water, but the micro mesh filter and cutting disk might take a little more elbow grease to get clean. Cleaning immediately after each use is the trick to keeping it spic and span.
This machine is a little higher priced than some of the others, but it does twice the work! Its overall durability, ease of use, and efficiency make it a fantastic value.