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juiced! {Omega 800HDS Nutrition System review}

Look at our newest family member!!omega_NC800HDS_juicerAfter hopping on the juicing train about a year ago, Anthony and I upgraded from our hand-me-down Cookinex centrifugal juicer to something a little slower and mightier: an Omega 800HDS Nutrition System.

So far, the juicer has been a great investment both financially and nutritionally! I mean, look at all that Vitamin C I’m squeezing out and drinking up.omega_NC800HDS_juicerSo, what’s the advantage of using a slow-masticating juicer over a centrifugal juicer? First, a quick explanation of what the two are:

  • Centrifugal juicer: Stands upright and shreds the food with metal teeth; then strains through a mesh strainer. High-power (ours had a 400W motor)
  • Masticating juicer: Stands horizontally and slowly crushes the food with a plastic spinning spiral thing. Low-power (ours moves at 80RPM)Capture

omega_NC800HDS_juicerThere are three main reasons why people switch to slow-masticating juicers over centrifugal juicers. I’m a big fan of #1!

  • The juice tastes better. Our Omega 800HDS produces juice that is less pulpy and more pure than our old juicer. It takes a bit longer to produce, but is worth the wait! Plus, this machine is easier to clean than our old juicer, so I think the entire process of getting out the juicer, making juice, and cleaning up averages to about the same amount of time (10-15 minutes).
  • The juice probably has a higher nutritional value. This seems to be a bit debated, but most people agree that the high heat and high friction levels of centrifugal-produced juice breaks down a lot of the nutrients in the fruit, making a less nutrient-rich juice. The low speed of the slow-masticating juicer apparently preserves more nutrients.
  • The machine lasts longer. Centrifugal juicers are typically much less expensive than masticating juicers, and their motors will often “burn out” after 2-5 years. Slow-masticating juicers are built to last for a lot longer.Capture

For our first juicing adventure, we did a classic lineup: orange + carrot, with a splash of lemon and ginger.omega_NC800HDS_juicerYou do have to peel the oranges and lemon before putting them in the Omega juicer. The carrots and ginger can go in as-is.omega_NC800HDS_juicerI’m considering quitting my day job and becoming a professional juice model instead. What do you think?omega_NC800HDS_juicer
The end result:omega_NC800HDS_juicerDee-lish! Though the Omega juicer yields slightly less juice than our centrifugal juicer, the end product is much smoother and tastier. Anthony and I felt revitalized after just a few sips (though maybe that had to do with the burgers and beer we had the night before?)omega_NC800HDS_juicerSo excited to have the Omega 800HDS Nutrition System in our pantry. Speaking of which, I’ve got a little before-and-after project coming at you soon…pantry_organization_before_afterOrganization freaks, rejuice rejoice :). Have a great weekend!

  • Favorite juice blend?
  • Do you have a juicer? If so, what kind?
  • Are you type A or type B? Or type… Z?

3 thoughts on “juiced! {Omega 800HDS Nutrition System review}

  1. I’ve been interesting in getting a masticating juicer. I have a breville and I will say that I love how lazy it allows me to be by just throwing everything in there, peel and all. But if this one makes the juice taste better!

  2. lol rejuice. the pantry organization is impressive. I think I am more type B than type A…my pantry (and everything else) is kind of a disaster area