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To Smoothie, or to Juice, that is the question!

January 4, 2016

adjusted-cropThe decision to blend or juice your fruits/vegetables and deciding which is better for you can be daunting but at least on the plus side either way you do it, you will intake a daily dose of vegetables in more quantity and variety than if you just ate them. Both methods are also advantageous since blending and juicing make it easy for your body to absorb nutrients it craves and can help to reduce sugar and excess food cravings too.

We’ve simplified the differences so you can make a more informed choice.

The Process: 

Blending – A process by which you add whole fruits and vegetables to a blender to make a pulpy puree-like drink – a smoothie. Fiber and its nutrients remain intact.

Juicing – A process by which liquid is extracted from fruits and vegetables to make a pure smooth liquid drink – a juice. Fiber and thus its nutrients are discarded.

Fiber is your friend:

Fiber is a good-for-you nutrient often referred to as roughage. It is the indigestible part of the plant/fruit that aids in food movement through the digestive system promoting healthy bowels. It also slows the absorption of sugar and makes you feel full, which discourages overeating and it adds fuel allowing you to prolong your endurance. It makes sense to keep fiber in therefore a blended smoothie is more satisfactory.

However, your body does need a break from digestion while still getting the nutrients it needs. This is where juicing is more ideal. Your body will not have to work as hard to break down plant fibers if you drink a healthy green juice. So go ahead and give your body a break once in a while.

Blending Benefits: 

1. All you need is a blender and ice/water and you will use less vegetables and fruits.  Takes less time to make. You can just wash your fruits and veggies and throw them into a blender and blend vs. juicing where you have to cut and slice and then feed through the juicer. Plus a blender is easier to clean than a juicer.

2. Filling options – For more filling and added benefits you can add nut butters, goji berries, chia or flax seeds and protein powders to a smoothie. With juicing your options are limited.

3. Savoring your smoothie. Blending produce has a slower oxidation rate since the fiber is still intact and nutrients and enzymes can be released when consumed. Versus juicing where it is recommended that you drink a juice right away as it is more susceptible to oxidation where nutrients are lost more quickly.

4. Smoothies make better meal replacements since your body goes through the same digestive process as a proper meal.

Juicing Benefits: 

1. Easier absorption of nutrients by the body because your body won’t need to break down the fiber.

2. Juicing is less susceptible to heat damage. A reason why when blending produce it is advised you add ice or blend with frozen vegetables/fruits.

3. Various vegetables like root vegetables taste better when juiced vs. blended.

4. Although you get a concentration of nutrients with juices the trade-off is using more produce for juicing which can get more expensive.

Now there you have it in a nutshell. The decision is still yours but we hope that we clarified the differences for you.

Cheers to good health!

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