Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.

  • Juicing is a process where the liquid part of the fruit or vegetable is separated from the pulp, or fiber. You get a thin and concentrated liquid product that contains vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients, which are bioactive plant-derived compounds associated with positive health effects.
  • Blending, the whole fruit or vegetable is used: what you put in the blender is what you consume. The volume of the drink, which is often called a smoothie, will be much greater than that of a juice made from the same amount of fruits or vegetables.

Juicing 

  • more concentrated amounts of vitamins and nutrients
  • easier absorption of nutrients
  • some juices contain more sugar than sodas
  • lack of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion, controlling blood sugar, and lowering risk of heart disease
  • Juicing is more favorable for those with digestive problems
  • Juicing is more favorable for those with digestive problems

Blending 

  • blended fruits and vegetables retain all their fiber for healthy digestion
  • the fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables fill you up and also contain antioxidants
  • Blending is also a good way to get more green vegetables into your diet
  • Blending can also increase your protein intake

Some tips for juicing and/or blending:

  • To prevent excess sugars, limit the fruit in both juices and smoothies to 1-2 servings per drink
  • Green veggies like kale, spinach, parsley, and cabbage surprisingly do not taste very intense in smoothies or juice, so load up on those!
  • Citrus, lime juice in particular, can help to cut out any bitter taste from vegetables
  • When juicing, high water content vegetables like cucumbers and celery will help to add volume and nutrients
  • When blending smoothies, add regular or coconut water to make it less pulpy
  • You get what you pay for when buying a juicer or a blender: the current products claiming to have benefits over other standard blenders tend to have higher horsepower

Which is Better

Juicing has a variety of benefits, including greater concentration of nutrients per ounce, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, and enhanced absorption of nutrients. On the other hand, with juicing you’re missing out on important fiber. You could also be missing out on other important compounds present in the pulp and membranes of the produce. With blending, you’re getting everything the fruit and vegetables have to offer, but the pulpy texture may be unappetizing to some. Juicing and blending both have their advantages and both can become a staple part of anyone’s diet. The effects, taste, and texture differ between the two, but both are considered to be a healthy alternative. When deciding on blending or juicing, it is important to invest in capable equipment so that you can maximize your efforts towards leading a healthier lifestyle.

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