Compare Juicers for Wheat Grass Juice and Juicing Fruit & Vegetables
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I'm convinced Samson is the best buy for your buck. I get countless emails from customers thanking me for their Samson. I love my Samson!
Katharina in Wisconsin writes:
"Hello Val, I ordered the Samson Juicer from you about a month ago, and I just LOVE it. You are so right. It is easy to assemble, easy to use, very easy to clean, and very little waste of fruit or vegetables."
"I have to go to Rochester Mayo Clinic and when I come back, I will order the automatic sprouter with all the works from you. I will need lots of healing juices, wheat grass and such."
And read Barbara of Fort Lauderdale's wonderful experience with her Samson here.
Wheat Grass Juicers
There are many popular multi-purpose wheatgrass juicers on the market, such as:
- the Samson 6-in-1 (model GB-9001) — the one I use — see large photo
- the Green Star — which has replaced the Green Life which itself was an upgrade of the Green Power
- the Samson Ultra
- the Omega 8002
- the SoloStar II
The Champion is also a masticating juicer, but it cannot juice wheatgrass, leafy greens and celery in sufficient quantity, because celery strings get caught around its high-speed cutting blade, and leafy greens seem to come out in big pieces.
Samson Beats Solo Star
SoloStar claims to be better with a "larger auger and unique dual-stage juicing process." But look at what actual users say about the SoloStar II, on a competitor website that invites Customer Reviews:
"Not worth the effort," Reviewer: a Customer from Sacramento:
"This (SoloStar II) juicer is difficult to clean compared to other juicers, yields very little juice compared to other juicers, and the quality of juice is inferior compared to other juicers. We returned it and got a Samson 6-in-1, which we are very happy with."
"Save your money," Reviewer: A Customer from Gold Country, California:
"The screen on this (SoloStar II) juicer is almost impossible to clean when juicing carrots; the bits of food stick like glue. It produces way too much foam and only about 1/10th the amount of juice it should. The pulp is (literally) *hot*. It is a brand new juicer, but their customer service will only repair, not exchange or allow return of it. Stay away from this juicer."
I guarantee Samson is the quickest and easiest juicer to clean that I've ever used. And compare the unique service you get with Samson — readers are amazed at how quickly the Samson importers ship a replacement part within 2 days, read more in Juicer Enlarged.
Some websites show photos of the SoloStar auger, that it's larger and longer and therefore better. Also Oscar claims a longer auger. Actually longer is a big problem. The juice pools inside the drum (which holds the augur). My friend Freda complained that with her Oscar, it often feels like the drum is going to bend, that it needs a post on the nozzle end to hold it up!
The truth is, it's not how large or long the auger is. The secret is in the ridges of the auger, how high and low they are in relation to each other, and how they're spaced apart, near and far. You can clearly see the Samson auger is a superior design to SoloStar and Oscar.
I've used many single-screw juicers since 1992, and I can honestly say Samson is unique in the way it juices everything perfectly. Even the old Samson auger (in the Oscar days) cannot compare with its latest patented design (see my chart on the next page).
Naturally the auger must be a minimum length — I've seen meat grinders where the auger is too short for juicing — but there's simply no need to go longer than Samson, see Parts List.
Samson Beats Green Star
Please beware of Juicer Comparison charts on some web sites like the chart below.
Using Green Star's own chart, fact-by-fact I show that the Samson is far superior on every count — quicker to clean, gives you non-foamy juice, smoother baby foods and sorbets, and actual raw nut butters (not the Green Star's nut powders).
Everyone agrees the Green Star is a PAIN to clean, really tedious to scrub and scrub and scrub, especially the screens and twin gears, while the Samson juicer is a one-minute rinse.
Twin gear of Green Star juicer — time-consuming to clean all the pulp fibers out of pocket recess in every tooth of both gears plus I'm told the screens are such a pain to scrub.
Single screw of Samson juicer — quick to clean, pulp easily washes off, no inaccessible fibers.
When cleaning takes a long time, you don't juice as often as you'd love to!
Worse still, at the core of each Green Star twin gear is a series of in-line magnets that produce a focused magnetic field of 2600 gauss through which the juice flows. I'm sorry, but I do *not* want a force on the level of physics to alter the sub-atomic structure of my juice. This denaturing of Nature's perfectly balanced chemistry is the very thing raw fooders are *against.*
The Samson simply crushes or extracts the fiber, depending on whether you're making a fat-free dessert or fresh juice. This is a physical change, not chemical. There's no stripping of electrons (which the heat of centrifugal juicers does) and there's no re-orienting of electrons (which magnetism does).
The gentle grinding of the Samson auger (screw) cannot break the forces holding electrons in place. The only forces strong enough to shove electrons around are those on the level of physics, like heat, pressure, light, and magnetism. These are the forces that food factories use.
Green Star mentions a "72 Hour Fresh Juice Stability Study" which showed "the lowest bacteria proliferation." This to me is scary. If the bacteria don't want it, I don't want it. If the enzymes in microbes can't break down the food, then the enzymes in my body will have an equally tough time. This is true whether we're talking breakfast cereal or juice.
Green Power is the old version of Green Life, and Green Life has now been replaced by Green Star
Facts on Juicer Comparison Chart
Let's compare the newest Green Power model, the Green Star, with the powerful Samson. To me, both the Samson and Green Star juicers are masticating juicers — masticate means to grind or crush, e.g. you masticate food between your teeth.
The Green Power chart above claims Green Star is the only juicer with:
- Low Operating RPM (revolutions per minute) — in fact Samson is lower at 80 rpm, Green Star is 110 rpm.
- Dry Pulp — Samson is the only juicer with adjustable *three* squeezing strengths in drum cap to ensure driest pulp.
- Low Heat and Physical Shock — Samson has thermal overload protection that switches motor off, if it gets too hot. This is why Samson's motor warranty is double that of Green Star (Samson 10 years, Green Star 5 years).
- High Nutrient and Enzyme Content — the least oxidation occurs with the lowest RPM, so Samson's 80 rpm retains the maximum nutrients. Plus Green Star alters the sub-atomic structure (re-orients electrons with magnets) which would denature the nutrients.
- Long Lasting Juice — this is NOT a benefit. No raw fooder wants to extend the shelf life of their food. If we did, we'd eat pasta and breakfast cereal instead of wheatgrass juice, fresh fruits and just-picked greens.
- Pulp-Free Juice — Samson juice is pulpier and this to me is a benefit (pulp helps to sweep debris from colon, like a broom) or use Samson's strainer to separate the pulp.
- Juices Wheat Grass — Samson juice is as good as a dedicated wheatgrass juicer, whereas Green Star creates excess foam in wheatgrass juice.
- Juices Herbs (sage, horsetail) — so does Samson, and in addition Samson and Omega 8002 are the only juicers that juice aloe vera leaves and pine needles (if you have a hankering for pine :)
- Juices Fruit — the Green Star twin gears *require* the fiber in veggies to push the pulp through the machine, or it backs up. Samson's single gear easily handles soft fruits like kiwi and melon. Plus Samson juices sugar cane, Green Star will not. Both juicers juice all vegetables, including celery and green leaves.
- Low Noise Operation — I haven't heard both, but the rule of thumb is: the faster a juicer turns (revolutions per minute or rpm) the louder the machine. Samson is 80 rpm, Green Star 110, so my bet is on Samson as the quieter. Compare Champion at 2,700 rpm and centrifugal ejection juicers at 7,000 rpm.
- Easy to Operate and Clean — give me a break, look at the photo of twin gears above. Green Star is toughest of all juicers to clean. As for easy to operate, one web site comparing all juicers, states: "These machines [Green Star, Green Power] are not for the faint or frail hearted as some pressure is needed to feed the produce into the machine." I can imagine, with those interlocking twin gears.
- Makes Pasta — Samson comes with two nozzles for both pasta and noodles, Green Star has only one pasta screw.
- Makes Nut Butters — the same site that compares all juicers writes: "I have tried making RAW almond butter in the Samson, it turned out fairly well, and in the Green Star, it basically turned the almonds into powder... not quite a butter." Personally I grind hard almonds in a coffee grinder, then mix in a little raw almond oil to make butter. I use my Samson only for the soft nuts like macedamia, walnut, pecan, peanuts, which don't grind easily in a coffee grinder. Like a coffee grinder, Samson leaves no sticky mess to clean up.
- Makes Baby Food and Desserts — both Samson and Green Star produce creamy fruit sorbets from frozen fruit (they're delicious, like frozen yogurt) but the same site that tested both writes: "Samson seems to get the sorbets a bit more 'fine' than the Green Star." This would apply to baby foods too.
- Accessories Included — all are included with the Samson here. For Green Star, it depends on which model you buy.
- Warranty — Samson is 10 years on motor, 5 years on parts, Green Star is 5 years on motor and parts, Green Power is 2 years on motor and parts.
How Enzymes Work
We Are Living Miracles. How does it all work? The magic of a heart beating in perfect rhythm? A heart that loses its rhythm in a heart attack feels like a million squiggly eels in your hand.
It's chemistry. One atom marries another atom or divorces it. How do they decide whether to kiss or run? Usually one atom needs an electron and the other has one to give, so they stay together and share the electron.
What's critical to the union of our two young atoms is that the electron they share must be in the right place, facing the right direction.
It's as if when squeezed in the rush hour train, your cheek can stick to the person next to you (a) if you're both the same height — that's electron place or position, and (b) if your left cheek is next to her or his right cheek, but *not* left cheek — that's electron direction or orientation.
But it takes energy for your two cheeks to stick together. We don't collapse into the arms of just anyone, unless we have a heart attack. We make a calculated move only toward the cheek we want.
In our body, enzymes provide this energy. Enzymes bring atoms together and split them up. Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!
Enzymes are factory slaves, forced to work on strict assembly lines. Each enzyme performs only one job over and over, sometimes millions of times a minute — it's reaction-specific. And each enzyme does its job with only one molecule of a specific structure — it's substrate-specific.
Change electron position and orientation, and you change the structure of the molecule, the substrate. How can your enzyme then work on it?
Our enzymes evolved over billions of years to work on molecules as they occur in nature with their structures unaltered by human machines, chemicals, irradiation, or magnetism.
When you cook food (or magnetize it, or irradiate it) the electrons are pushed out of position and orientation, so your enzymes have a tough time connecting with them. With electrons all squiff, it's not easy for an enzyme to slice a molecule in two, e.g. when digesting your food. And it's not easy for an enzyme to marry two molecules into one to build your bone, blood, nerves, hair, thoughts, feelings, all the magic of you!
This is why Ann Wigmore insisted on 100% raw organic foods for healing. Only the physical forces of blending, or juicing with a low rpm juicer like the Samson, are permissible. For a *physical* force — such as the Samson's crushing or mincing action — to alter electrons would be like cleaning your fingernails with a steam-roller. It's impossible (thank you to Dr. Udo Erasmus, author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, for giving me this analogy over the telephone, when discussing blending). Only sub-atomic *physics* forces, like magnetism, can pull electrons apart.
With the Samson juicer, the position and orientation of each electron, so critical to chemical reactions, stays the way it is in Nature, in perfect balance.
That's my understanding... And that's why I chose the Samson, because I trust my knowledge :)
Best pages to learn more:
- Compare Omega, Galaxy, etc. —page 2 of this Comparison.
- When Is Juicing Essential?
- Juicing Links — see all info on Juicing.
- Site Map — see the whole feast :)
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