Juicing Versus Blending

Juicing Versus Blending - The Pros And Cons

by: Sharon Carter, staff writer

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Juicing vs Blending

When the topic of juicing vs blending comes up, there are often hardcore proponents of either on both sides. However, each offers its own benefits, and both can be worked into a healthy diet, either for weight loss or to improve your overall well-being.

For a quick overview, juicing involves extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables and leaving much of the fiber behind, and is great for adding highly absorbable nutrition into your blood stream with minimal digestion required. Blending is ideal for a decent amount of nutrients plus the additional fiber, which has the obvious benefits that we all know fiber can provide.

Pros of Juicing

One of the major benefits of juicing is being able to pack in a large quantity of highly absorbable nutrition, all while maintaining the nutritional integrity of the food you eat. By extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables, which contains most of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals, you get an easily absorbable shot of nutrition without having to eat a mountain of produce.

Because you are not consuming the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, you are able to consume a much higher concentration of nutrition because you can juice many more of each fruit or vegetable than you could ordinary consume in one sitting.

Because juicing is breaking down and eliminating much of the fiber, and breaks down the cellulous walls releasing much of the nutrients, many believe you are able to absorb a higher percentage of the nutrition than if you simply ate the equivalent in raw fruit and veggies. 

Because you are getting such a large dose of nutrition, and some of the naturally occurring sugars contained within the fruits and vegetables, to avoid blood sugar spikes, you can try juicing lower sugar vegetables such as cucumber or celery with higher sugar ingredients such as many fruits.  Different juicers often provide varying qualities of juice so do some homework on the various types of juicers to make sure you are optimizing your juicing experience.

Pros of Blending

Although many believe juicing provides a higher percentage of absorbable nutrients than blending, the latter provides essential fiber, which is responsible for keeping your digestive tract healthy and maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Blended drinks are often denser than juices, which can be beneficial when dieting, as they can keep you feeling fuller for longer without eating a bunch of calories.

The quality of your blender can make a big difference in the amount of nutrition you are able to absorb from your smoothie.  The highest quality blenders can actually break down the cellulous of the fruit and vegetables similar to juicing, making the nutrients more bio-available.  Some high-end blenders can even break down the seeds of many fruits or vegetables releasing the nutrients contained within that might ordinarily just pass through your digestive system.

When it comes to juicing versus blending, it really depends on what you’re going for. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or simply live healthier, blended drinks can be a fantastic snack in between meals, while juiced drinks can give you a hefty dose of nutrition in a more concentrated, easy to digest format. Each healthy in their own way, juicing and blending can provide even more health benefits when combined; so mix it up!

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/541437-vegetable-juicing-vs-blending/
http://www.choosingraw.com/question-of-the-week-to-blend-or-to-juice/





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