by Ralph Brillant (Bloomfield, NJ)
I was thinking of buying the Montel Williams Healthmaster juicer but it’s $200 and it has gotten mixed reviews online. Please let me have your opinion.
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by Jeff (United States of America)
What do you know about Montel William’s machine? It appears to be like a blender, yet it also appears to juice fruits and veggies as well. It also can heat mixed foods and create hot soup.
Here is a short video, I think it’s an infomercial, but it will introduce you to the product at least. **link removed**
I saw the infomercial link that Jeff sent me on the Montel William’s Living Well HealthMaster and noticed a few things that an “untrained” eyes may not see.
Although these are only my personal opinions without actually using the machine, a quick search on the Net confirms what I suspected. Don’t take my word for it, but please do your own research. Here’s what I think:
If you’re juicing for health, I don’t really encourage blending for these reasons:
Firstly, as a blender is still using a blade and spinning at very high speed, the juice gets oxidized quickly. As I keep emphasizing on my site, oxidized juice is really spoilt juice (which can be harmful to your body). On the Montel Williams infomercial, I noted that they were blending 2 whole apples, an orange, a banana, a bunch of spinach and some ice cubes. The result was a very brown looking pulpy so-called “juice”. Now, tell me, where does the brown color come from? Well, the apples, banana and spinach are rich in iron. The brown color is the color of oxidation, the color of iron rust. Yes, iron in foods can rust. I wouldn’t touch anything that has rusted, why would I want to put it in my body?
Another thing you’ll need to consider also is to use organic produce when you do blending, to prevent harmful chemicals in the fiber to be released into your drinks. Organic produce can be rather expensive in the long run, so it’s something to think about. When extracting your juice using a good gear juicer, even when not using organic, you can greatly minimize the chemicals and pesticides in your drinks.
Secondly, there’s no way blades can produce juice. Well, think about it logically, how can it? If you noticed on the infomercial, the result is always pulpy, never pure, smooth juice. If you like to drink your “juice” using a spoon, then you might like the idea of using a blender. But for me, I’d rather have a pleasant sip on my pure juice. 😉 If you like smoothies and pulpy drinks, then this is for you, but please also bear in mind the oxidation aspect.
No doubt, we want the fiber to be included in our drinks. But I would still rather take pure juice (extracted using a good gear juicer, not by a centrifugal juicer) for best cell absorption and take my fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables eaten whole.
Green leafy vegetables juices are most healing and nourishing. They may taste very “green”, unpalatable, and possibly bitter after going through a blender. Nor can a blender juice wheatgrass. (Wheatgrass juice tastes sweet when being extracted using a gear juicer, especially on a Green Power Kempo.)
Thirdly, a high speed blender (like a centrifugal juicer) can be VERY noisy, even torturous to some! Consider, if you can bear/mind the high decibel noise. But for one who juices mostly in the early morning, I’d rather have a silent juicer like my gear juicer. In the informercial, they drowned out the sound. Notice that they shorten the blending time which can take up to 2 minutes or more. Notice also, that the lady was “almost cringing”. And I cringe too, not only because of the noise, but of how all the enzymes and nutrients are destroyed in that blending.
And finally, yes, it may be able to take heat blending for making thick soups, but so do other blenders in the same league. And for the price of $200.00 (or probably slightly less at some places), I would rather spend a little more of my hard-earned money on a good gear juicer that provides higher and pure juice yield that don’t oxidize so easily; and that can also do grinding, mincing, slicing, smoothies, etc. 😉 The trend now is moving towards healthy juices, preserving the enzymes and nutrients by masticating juicing, using low RPM gears.
A quick check on the Net shows that the main complaint on this machine is that the motor fuses/burns out easily, emitting burnt odor. This happened to some other cheap blenders I used to own.
There are many more points but I’ve said enough for now. The conclusion is that the Montel Williams Living Well Healthmaster, in my opinion is just a very big, heavy and overpriced blender. Just my two cents.