Which is Better
Juicing or Blending?
by: TNT Lifestyle Coach
Does one offer more health benefits than the other? I get asked this all the time in our Juicing and Blending class. Well the answer is Juicing and smoothies both play an important role in any wellness program. We believe that both juicing and blending are very beneficial but in different ways.
Here is a short comparison that explains the differences between the two as well as some of the specific benefits of each.
Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber. Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream.
Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.
Diabetics - A word of caution:
When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly.
Please do not juice fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more!
Smoothies/Blended mix with Fruits and Veggies
Unlike juices, smoothies consist of the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables. Please make sure you remove the seeds and core. However, the blending process breaks the fiber apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest) but also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.
Rules between the Two
It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple). This can affect how well your digestive enzymes function.
This doesn’t seem to matter too much in green juices and smoothies, but vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content.
Starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas.
Try to drink your juice or smoothie straight away. After 15 minutes, light and air will destroy much of the nutrients.
If you can’t drink it straight away, transfer to a dark airtight container until you’re ready.
Which one to Buy
To get the most benefit from your juices and smoothies, it’s important to use the right equipment
Invest in a good-quality juicer.
Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables.
While it may cost you a bit more initially, a premium cold-press juicer will produce a superior-quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving expense in the long-term. I like the Omega brand.
The same goes for a blender. You want a blender that is gentle on your produce and doesn’t heat up the enzymes as it’s pulling apart the fibers. Big fan of the nutribullet.
If you have questions on what to buy you can contact us or look at reviews online.