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- Juicing removes the liquid and nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
- Juicing gets nutrients into the bloodstream quickly but the lack of fiber can cause blood sugar spikes.
- Blending uses the entire fruit. The nutrients in blended fruits and vegetables is slowly and steadily released, but the fiber can cause bloating and gas.
- Both are excellent ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Juicing has taken the world by storm. With each month that passes, a new juice or smoothie bar pops up on almost every corner. And it’s no surprise, market research suggests that these bars are taking in as much as two billion dollars each year. (source)
For those of you that are new to the whole juicing movement, it’s important to be in the know about what you’re putting into your body.
One question that people always ask is:
Juicing vs blending: what’s the difference and which is better?
Juicing and blending achieve different results and as far as which is better, that depends on your specific goals.
To get to the bottom of things, let’s take the time to do a quick round up of the differences between juicing and blending as well as the pros and cons of each.
Why Are Juicing and Blending so Popular?
Regardless of whether you prefer a glass of juice or a smoothie, one attribute of both is very important:
They’re great for your health!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Americans simply aren’t getting enough fruits and veggies into their diets.
Their official guidelines suggest we eat two cups of fruit and three cups of veggies per day – but unfortunately, many of us aren’t hitting anywhere close to that mark. (source)
Studies have shown that by achieving these daily produce goals, you can lower your risk of stroke by 26% (source) as well as lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease (source) which is currently the leading cause of death worldwide.
So here’s the great thing about juicing and blending:
Both make it easier for you to get more fruits and vegetables into your daily life.
Let’s face it, there are many people out there that are plagued with memories of childhood family dinners that leave them shuddering at the thought of plates full of broccoli and carrots.
However, one quick veg packed drink you can chug back in one go? Suddenly not a huge ask. After all, those carrots taste a lot better when they’re disguised in orange juice!
What Is Juicing?
Juicing takes fruits and vegetables and uses specialized equipment to extract the juice while leaving the indigestible fiber (pulp) behind.
This allows you to get all the nutrients and antioxidants that super fruits and veggies have to offer in a much more convenient form which is easier on your digestive system.
Juicing is helpful to those who have sensitive digestive systems or have certain illnesses which prevent the body from processing fiber efficiently.
When vegetables are juiced, they are nutritionally rich and are incredibly nourishing.
- Without all the added volume of pulp, you can get multiple servings of fruits and vegetables into a single serving of juice
- Nutrients enter the bloodstream quicker
- Better for people with sensitive digestive systems and those who cannot digest fiber
- Produce is quickly and easily prepared for juicing
- Juicing equipment is easily and quickly cleaned in most cases
- Because they enter the bloodstream quicker, juice from fruit only can cause blood sugar spikes
- Juicing equipment can be costly and doesn’t work with all fruits and vegetables
- Juices are less filling, therefore, you may feel hungry again after a short period of time.
What Is Blending?
Unlike juicing, when you blend fruits and vegetables into a smoothie, you are using the entire produce – the skin and all the fiber – not only the juice.
However, the blender breaks down the fiber, making it easier to digest than in whole fruits and vegetables.
Blending offers a slow and steady release of nutrients into the blood system.
- Blending can be easier as the entire fruit or vegetable can be used.
- Most blenders are inexpensive and an all round multipurpose kitchen gadget
- Nutrients from fruits and vegetables are released slowly and do not cause blood sugar spikes
- Blended ingredients are more filling
- Smoothies are generally faster to make than juice
- The added air and fiber in smoothies can lead to bloating and gas for some people
- Due to the added volume from the fiber, you fewer servings of fruit and vegetables fit per serving of smoothie compared with juice
- Blenders tend to be harder and more time consuming to clean
Juicing and Blending Tips for Success
Use the Right Equipment
You can’t be successful at anything if you don’t have the right tools for the job.
If you want to try juicing or blending fruits and vegetables at home, it is important to invest in a quality juicer or blender. When it comes to quality, you get what you pay for.
Cheaper juicers and blenders add heat and oxygen into the juice or smoothie which can destroy the nutrients and enzymes in the produce, essentially killing all the good stuff.
Therefore, if you can afford it, go for a top of the range product. These might cost you more initially, but will serve you better in the long run.
Drink Your Juice or Smoothie Straight Away
You should aim to drink your juice or smoothie within 15 minutes of making it. The reason being, after this time light and oxygen will start to destroy the nutrients within the drink. Therefore, if you want to keep it fresh, make sure you immediately transfer it to a dark, air-tight container.