Which is Better to Juice or to Blend?
Juicing and/or blending is an ongoing conversation among healthy eaters. There really is no correct approach to this subject. It comes down to your own individual preference. Some important questions to decide are, what nutritional outcome do I want to achieve? How does my body digest blended foods? What liquid texture do I prefer? Do I have equipment I can use already? If I am in the market search, how much do I want to spend?
A blender processes everything you put into it. There is no fibrous pulp to throw away. You can blend vegetables and fruit, milk, ice, nuts, seeds, butters, oils, protein powders and crushed up ingredients. Blending produces lots of fiber which fills you up because you are including whole food items. The fiber comes from both the skin and flesh that helps fill your stomach, providing a comfortable feeling of fullness. Blending offers a slow release of energy. The fiber in the drink slows down digestion so that energy is released slowly and consistently. This prevents sugar highs and lows, and you will feel full longer. The fiber from the fruit and vegetables travels through the digestive system, removing toxins along the way. When blending, you have less quantity of nutrients per serving than juicing because the fiber remains in the drink. You would need to drink more smoothies than juice to get the same amount of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients per glass. Some produce is not good for blending. Root vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beets are loaded with powerful nutritional value, but leave a bitter chalky taste on the palate if used as raw ingredients in smoothies. These vegetables work well in juicing instead.
Types Of Blenders
The counter top blender generally sits on your counter and usually holds up to 9 cups or 72 ounces of liquid. These are great for making smoothies. Cheaper models may not blend harder vegetables, crunchy seeds, and nuts completely smooth, but it will manage soft fruit, vegetables, yogurt, nut butters, honey, and other types of soft food ingredients. Because of their size, they are fantastic for making smoothies in large amounts to save and store in your refrigerator for later use.
The single serving blender such as the Nutri bullet blender are popular because they have detachable lidded cups that are convenient for on-the-go. The ingredients are added right to the cup which attaches to the blades of the blender. When the drink is ready, you detach the blades, add the lid to the cup and go. Most bestselling design options come with two or more cups and they are fast, efficient and easy to use.
When you are juicing, you are extracting the juice from your fruit and vegetables. You leave behind all of the indigestible fibrous pulp. The juice has maximum vitamin and mineral consistency, and is easily absorbed by your body, so that the nutrients travel to where your body needs them. The juicing process removes the fiber bulk from the drink so that your body receives all of the vitamins and nutrients from more vegetables and fruit going into the same glass. Ideally, you are getting more vegetables per serving and the liquid is easier for the body to digest. If you suffer from digestive issues, then this may be a more comfortable method of getting all of your nutrients while allowing your body to absorb them quicker without the bulk of the fiber.
Types of Juicers
The Centrifugal Juicer extracts the juice with a spinning metal blade which presses the contents against the strainer. The juice drains off into a waiting container leaving the pulp behind as throw away. These are lower in price. The drawback is that the heat of the spinning blades destroys some of the nutrients in the juice, therefore it may not be the best choice for juicing if it is primarily used for health benefits.
The Cold Press or Masticating Juicer works by pressing and crushing the ingredients to remove the juice. Also known as slow juicers, they have a longer juicing time. They are efficient in extracting juice and retaining the nutrients. They are superior when it comes to juicing, however, they are larger in size and more expensive to purchase than a blender. They are still a great source for dedicated juicers who want to receive the best possible benefit.
Juicing machines can be more difficult to clean, have more parts than blenders, require more vegetables and fruit per serving than a blender. They occupy more space, and there is more cost involved to purchase adequate amounts of produce to juice. In the end, the choice of whether to blend or juice will be determined by personal preference. The health benefits associated with detoxification and clean eating will be spectacular no matter what decision you ultimately make. Best wishes in your method of choice.