Blending vs Juicing: Smoothie or Juice Which is Better?
What is the difference between blending and juicing? And which is better? Keep reading to find out more on blending vs juicing, then decide which one is the right fit to your healthy lifestyle.
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The Benefits of Smoothie or Juice Drinks.
Vegetables and fruits provide our bodies with essential nutrients and minerals that help it fight diseases and stay in good physical shape. Furthermore, the more fruits and vegetables we consume the more benefits we obtain thus the question blending vs juicing, which is better?
Drinking fresh juice and smoothies regularly can lower the risk of suffering from a stroke, reduce the risk of contracting some cancers and can aid in managing body weight.
However, there is a confusing element in determining the difference between blending vs juicing. I will try to the best of my knowledge to ease the confusion and give you some pros and cons that will help you decide which is better.
Let’s start of by understanding the meaning of blending before proceeding to juicing
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What is Blending?
Blending basically means breaking down all the fruit or vegetable to a thick substance. It does not separate the liquid part from the fibre of the fruit or vegetable hence the thick consistency. This thick liquid is known as a smoothie.
Smoothies usually contain fibre which has been broken down making it easy for digestion.
How Do You Make a Smoothie?
A smoothie is made by a machine called a blender, which can be powered by electricity or battery. A smoothie is then made by putting the fruits, vegetables and other ingredients (Ice, Yoghurt, Milk, Nuts, etc) into the blender or blending jug and pushing the start button. The blender motor begins turning the blades and the blade motion cuts and whips the contents into a pulp.
Pros of Blending:
- High in fibre. In some cases, the high fibre content in smoothies can be beneficial by keeping your digestive system in check. Lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
- Creativity. You can add some super foods like chia seeds or turmeric powder. Introduce other ingredients that won’t do well in a juicer like yoghurt and almond or peanut butter.
- Filling/Satisfaction. Unlike juices, smoothies will leave you feeling fuller for longer provided your combination of fruits and vegetables is in favour of that.
Cons of Blending:
- Calories. There are some ingredients like avocado, almonds and Greek yoghurt can increase the calories in your smoothie. This doesn’t mean you should leave them out, just use them in moderation.
- Nutrient content. Smoothies have less nutrient content than fresh juices.
What is Juicing?
Juicing your fruit or vegetable means you are extracting the liquid and nutrient content from them. Therefore, essentially detaching the nutrients from the fibre, where most vitamins, enzymes and nutrients which initially exist in the fruit and vegetable end up in the juice without the fibre.
How Do You Make Juice?
Juicing is done by using a machine called a juicer, which can be powered by electricity, battery or manually. The juice is then made by putting/feeding the fruit or vegetable into the juicer and the juicer will extract by crushing, grinding, and/or squeezing all the liquid, nutrients and all forms of insoluble fibre from them.
Pros of Juicing:
- High nutrient content.
- Easy digestion. Without the fibre the digestive system allows your body to absorb the vitamin and nutrients quickly.
Cons of Juicing:
- High sugar content. With the insoluble fibre removed the sugar content per volume increases.
- Short shelf-life. Light and air break down nutrients, it is best to drink up within 20 minutes of juicing and no more than 2 hours.
- Can be costly (requires more fruit and vegetables to get more juice)
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So, which is better: Blending vs Juicing, Smoothie or Juice?
Both are great, they both provide your body with health improving goodness. Let your priorities decide which one is best for when. If you are looking for, he most nutrients, juicing is the best however if you are looking for a meal replacement blending is the best.
The main difference between blending vs juicing is in the end-product, fresh juice contains more nutrients in each serving than smoothies. While smoothies contain the vital fibre that fresh juice doesn’t have.
I trust that this has helped you make the most in your efforts towards a healthier lifestyle.
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