Are you a juicer or a blender? Let’s find out!
First, you need to know what the difference is…
Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards all the fiber. Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber.
Blending is the process of finely chopping up the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all, to produce a smooth consistency. Blending produce leaves all the fiber in the mixture, which helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. The fiber in smoothies also helps you feel full longer!
So which is healthier for you? Essentially both of these processes will give you a fulfilling amount of vitamin intake and nutritional value. But like anything in this world each has its pros and cons.
- Juicing is great because it extracts all of the water and nutrients from vegetables, leaving behind only the plant fibers.
- Your body is better able to absorb the nutrients without having to digest the dense bulk of the plant.
- You can fit an incredible quantity of vegetables into a single glass of green juice, leaving you with simple, smooth and delicious drink that packs an incredible nutritional punch!
- Juicers can be very expensive and hard to take care of. They need to be thoroughly cleaned after every use to prevent rusting.
- Stocking enough fresh, organic vegetables to make daily juices can also be somewhat expensive.
- It’s worth noting that though green juices typically are usually low in sugar, several store bought juices can have a very high glycemic load and may cause blood sugar imbalances.
- The only equipment you need is relatively inexpensive – a blender.
- Smoothies also tend to be a little bit more filling since the plant fibers are present (but still easy to digest, compared to raw whole vegetables.)
- Compared to digesting juice, your body will have to work a bit harder to digest a smoothie and absorb the nutrients.
- It’s difficult to pack in the same volume of vegetables into a blender, your smoothie won’t be as nutrient-dense as your green juice.
So now after reading the pros and cons of each are you a juicer or a blender?