Juicing vs Blending

by Lynn on October 27, 2015

Most of us often we tend to confuse juicing and blending to be one and the same. Juicing is a process that extracts most of the juice, leaving behind the pulp; and almost all nutrients such as minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients is retained by the juice. Blending means pulverizing the produce, wherein no pulp is left. Both juicing and blending offers a lot of health benefits, but what one prefers completely depends on your dietary requirements.

Juicing

juicingJuicing removes the insoluble fiber, which is the pulp from the produce that we feed. Fiber is quite a necessary part of the diet and it keeps the digestive tract healthy. Fibers also help in slowing down the absorption of sugar by the body. Juicing extracts almost 70% of the nutrients into the glass. While eating a whole bowl of salad and chewing it all day long, seems mundane, a glass of juice supplies the same amount of nutrients in no time.

When enough fiber is not supplied to the body, the digestive system doesn’t work hard enough to break down food and the process of absorbing nutrients into the body slows down. Juicing is one of the best ways to supply the required nutrients into the body. In fact, it’s quickly available in larger quantities as compared to eating wholesome fruits and vegetables.

Juicing is quite helpful if one has a sensitive digestive system or any illness that curtails your body from processing the fiber. The fiber actually helps to slow down the process of digestion and provides the blood stream with a steady release of nutrients. This is the reason why juicing is often referred to as “a nutrient express”.

Most of the healing and detoxification programs recommend freshly squeezed vegetable juices. These juices are highly rich in nutrients. They not only nourish the body, but also restore it at a cellular level.

If juicing contains only fruits it could hike the blood sugar levels rapidly. Sometimes unstable blood sugar levels could lead to loss of energy, memory related problems, mood swings among others. Hence, to avoid this most health experts suggest inclusion of both juices – fruits and vegetables all through the week. Juicing is an excellent option for people who prefer a low fiber diet. All you need  is a quality juicer to reap all the benefits. For recommendations, check out the JUICER’s constantly updated list of best juicers.

Blending

blendingBlending is most popular with people who love smoothies. Smoothies at times consist of entire fruit or vegetable, even the skin in some cases, which is rich in fiber. The process of blending crushes the fiber apart, making them easier to digest and hence, creating a slow and even release of nutrients to the blood stream. Due to this, consuming smoothies does not lead to an immediate spike in blood sugar. Also being rich in fiber, smoothies are quite filling, faster to process than juices, and healthy enough to be consumed during any part of the day.

By blending we could convert nuts, seeds and yogurts into smoothies if we wish to increase our intake of healthy proteins and fats. However, a smoothie is a little thicker that a regular juice and you may require some time to get adjusted to it.

The fiber content in the smoothie increases the volume of the drink as well. Varieties of fruits and vegetables could be served together in one serving of juice, as compared to a smoothie.

Juicing is a fairly expensive option as compared to blending since we require a great volume of produce. For e.g. To make about one cup of juice, we require two oranges, a stem of kale, half a red pepper, full cup of berries, and a stalk of broccoli. Using the same volume of produce, we can make three cups of smoothies.

Blending is an ideal solution for fruits such as bananas, papayas, avocados and even leafy veggies that are unjuiceable. When compared to juicing, blending may at times make green leafy vegetables taste “grassy” and “unpalatable”. In such cases, you can flavor them with spices, nuts, etc., to make them taste better.

Ultimately, both juicing and blending have good purposes to serve your health, however, which one is better amongst the two completely depends on your dietary requirements.

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