If you – like us – love to drink your food, there are two ways to go about it: blending or juicing. You’ve probably already tried both and most likely, liked them both. They’re both excellent methods of drinking your raw, fresh nutrition and each has their perks and drawbacks.
Remember that these two methods aren’t mutually exclusive – getting your nutrition through both is much more holistic than sticking to just one option. Used together, fresh juices and smoothies sort of balance each other out, with one filling in the blanks that the other one misses.
Blending is all about what your fruit or the vegetable is full of; it stocks up on everything from the pulp to the fibers, nothing is left out. You’ll get your complete nutrition out of it, WHEREAS;
Juicing flushes all those fibers and pulp out and brings out a beautiful juice, which adaptively is liquid of the fruit or the vegetable.
Juicers extract, Blenders deconstruct!
For juices, the lack of fiber makes it incredibly easy to consume vast amounts of fresh fruits and vegetable in one go. This is beneficial when you’re drinking vegetables that are low in calories and sugar but can quickly exceed your recommended sugar does when you juice fruit.
Powerful blenders break fiber at the cellular levels, which releases the phytochemicals that were bound up in it. Blending is especially impressive if rigorous chewing is not your forte and you don’t usually take the time to extract all this goodness from your fruits and veggies. The heat that comes from the motor can go up and destroy the nutrient. That is why some of people include ice cubes or frozen fruits when making a smoothie. All you need is a blender for frozen fruit smoothies.
Also, the fact that smoothies still have all their fiber intact makes them filling – which means you will probably become too full to drink your way to sugary excess. The thread also releases the sugars slowly, making it easier for your bodies to process and absorb the sugar.
Tip: When you want to drink your fruit, smoothies are the way to go.
One is more comfortable to digest than the other. Blenders chew your food for you before you get to it, which is why smoothies are more comfortable to digest than actual food.
Juices, however, require pretty much no digestion. And this is, in our opinion, the main benefit of juicing over blending.
Fresh vegetable juices give your body heaps of essential nutrients and enzymes named cellulase, while allowing the body to take a break from digestion. Removing the fiber from the picture means that you can flood your body with nutritious goodness fast and easy – thus giving yourself a boost of energy – without the digestive processes that weigh and slow you down.
Tip: Opt for a glass of fresh and healthy juice first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. It provides a boost of nutrition and a burst of energy for a conquer the world kind of morning.
Concluding of what we observed so far, let us take into consideration the benefits of both
Can quickly consume vast amounts of veggies
- Practically no digestion necessary
- Nutrients in juices hit the bloodstream pretty much immediately (10 – 15 minutes)
- Makes it easy to drink vegetables you might not yet be comfortable with (like the super powerful greens for hardcore juicers)
- Produces leftover pulp you can do fun stuff with!
This one is more personal, but it’s been true for us as well as with other juicers we know: the results from juicing come faster. By this, we’re referring broadly to vegetable juices and specifically to green juices.With sauces, you can see your skin start to glow and feel a sort of lightness and energy in your body – and it all happens reasonably quickly.
- Retains fiber, which is excellent for your body
- The fiber content allows a slower release of sugar, so if you’re going to drink fruits – opt for the blender
- The fiber also fills you up – high for a quick meal replacement
The best thing about blending, in our opinion, is all the fun and healthy stuff you can add to it – spirulina, bee pollen, and heaps of other must-have superfood supplements! This one refers to machinery: it is much easier to clean and maintain a blender. We’ll drink to that.
As you can see both blenders and juicers have their place in the kitchen, with one filling in the blanks that the other misses. That’s why we don’t advocate them as being mutually exclusive they’re very complementary devices. And it’s easy to get both their benefits, even on the same machine since there are great juicers that blend, too!
When it comes to your health, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Listen to your body and what it’s asking for, and you will feel energized in your body and your mind.
And remember to keep this list of comparison of juicing vs. blending handy the next time you’re deciding between a smoothie or juice.