Wednesday, 02 September 2015
The question that most people often wonder about is: “What is better juicing or blending?”. This is a very good question. Both juicing and blending have their benefits and choosing one over the other will have its own pro’s and con’s.
What are the benefits of blending and juicing?
- Juices and smoothies are an excellent way to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet.
- Both drinks are easy to digest and assimilate solid food. The nutrients contained are easily absorbed.
- Both are a great way to a healthier you.
What are the main differences?
|Liquid is extracted by separating the pulp from the juice.
The pulp is discarded and you get pure juice.
|The process of blending turns produce into liquid by chopping it finely with fast spinning blades. The result is a pulpy, thick juice, which is normally referred to as a smoothie.|
|Juicing extracts liquid from fruits and vegetables with a high water content.||Blending is useful for liquefying fruit and vegetables that have a low water content like avocados and bananas.|
|Juicing hydrates your body thoroughly and supplies your body with a high amount
of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, etc.
|Blending produces smoothies that have both soluble and insoluble fiber. There is less hydration in smoothies due to the fiber content.|
|No energy is used to digest juice as the process of juicing “pre-digests” the juice for you.||More energy is utilised to digest smoothies due to the fiber content.|
|Minimal fiber, this increases the absorption of nutrients.||The fiber added into the drink slows digestion, as enzymes have to get to the nutrients trapped in the fiber. This reduces the nutrient absorption.|
|Sugar is quickly released into the bloodstream with juice which is why it is recommended to juice more vegetables than fruit as they have little to no sugar.||A drink, rich in fiber, controls the sugar being released into your body which is why fruits are better as smoothies than as juices.|
|Juices, especially those made with slow juicers, do not oxidise quickly.||Due to the high speed rotation of the blades, the liquid from blenders oxidises very quickly resulting in rapid loss of nutrients.|
|Juicing is limited to fresh fruit, vegetables and nut milks.||More variety, with blending you can add various additional ingredients such as yoghurt, ice, etc.|
|Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of the most healing and detoxification programs because of their capability to nourish at a cellular level.
|Smoothies generally are quicker to make and because of the fiber can be consumed for weight loss purposes.|
|Due to the lack of fiber, you get hungry very quickly with juicing.||The fiber in smoothies will keep you fuller for longer.|
|With juicing you consume more fruit and vegetables in one serving.||The fiber increases the content of the blend meaning you add fewer ingredients and consume less fruits and vegetables in one serving. With blending you drink the whole food, nothing is thrown out.|
|Cleanup process takes longer.||Cleanup process is quick.|
|For the best juicing results invest in a slow juicer.
Cheaper centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen, destroying nutrients.
|With a blender, you want to invest in a Super Blender, with quality blades and efficiency of use.|