Juicing vs Blending: Which is better?

This is the pocket guide to Juicing vs Blending.

In this post, you’ll know..

  • What is juicing and blending?
  • What are the benefits of each one?
  • Drawbacks
  • Lot more.

So, by the end of this post, you’ll know what is the difference between juicing and blending and which is better for you.

Sound good? Let’s dive right in…

 

What is Juicing?

Juicing means the extraction or pressing of the natural liquid contained in fruit and vegetables. It can also refer to the extraction of liquids that are flavored with concentrate or other biological food sources, such as clam juice.

Many people use it to detox their body or to add more nutrients to their diet.

Some people claim that juicing can improve nutrient absorption from fruits and vegetables, while others say it strips away their important nutrients like fiber.

Juicing usually removes most of the solid matter, including the seeds and pulp, from the fruits and vegetables.

And the liquid that remains has most of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants naturally present in the whole fruit or vegetable.

What is Blending?

Blending means to combine or mix the different substances so that the constituent parts are indistinguishable from one another.

With blending, you get all the pulp and fiber that bulks up the produce. It’s like not extracting only the juice but also getting the taste of the squashy pulp and the goodness of all that’s inside of the fruit and veggie.

Now it depends on how people like to drink their veggies and fruits! If you like no pulp and only juice then go for juicing and if you like pulp then go for blending. 

Benefits of Juicing

  • Juicing will give you more concentrated vitamins and nutrients.
  • The body can easily absorb the nutrients as it’s only juice and gets directly dissolved.
  • Juicing can improve diet quality in children and adults, particularly with making sure children, adolescents and teens get enough of key nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, and magnesium.
  • Along with vitamins and minerals, juicing may also give you a phytonutrient boost.

Benefits of Blending

  • It contains the fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables that fill you up and also contain antioxidants. 
  • You can consume as much as you want without worrying about weight gain.
  • When you blend fruits and vegetables, you don’t need to add oils like in salads thereby helping you keep a check on your weight.

Drawbacks of Juicing

  • You can consume a lot of sugars at once.
  • A juicing machine leaves the nutrients and fibers rich skin and pulp behind. 
  • Juicing can make your body absorb the fructose sugar more easily, which can upset blood sugar levels.

Drawbacks of Blending

  • You might end up consuming a lot of sugars too quickly
  • You might over-consume a few fruits and veggies like spinach, etc.
  • The pulp and fibers while blending veggies are absolutely raw and over-consuming might make you feel constipated.

Which is more nutritious?

In my opinion, blending is more nutritious because when you juice your fruits and vegetables, you may get more concentrated, more easily-absorbed nutrients. This is because the bulk of the vitamins and minerals found within fruit are typically in the juice and not in the pulp and fibrous material that you’d also get in a smoothie. 

But juices contain little to no fiber. Fiber is incredibly important for proper digestion and good health.

Soluble fiber, like that found in apples, carrots, peas, green beans, and citrus fruits is only retained when we blend them.

Also, insoluble fiber, which is in vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, and dark leafy vegetables, and that adds bulk to your stool and stimulates your intestines into action can only be consumed when blended completely.

Which is better overall for a healthy person: Juice or Smoothie?

While both juice and smoothies have their own benefits, overall, smoothies are usually a better bet nutritionally. 

You can get the perfect amount of calories, you can get more fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. So skip the smoothie bar, and start making your own at home.

 Smoothies have a slight edge. Why?

Not all juice is created equal. A glass of Orange juice gives you 20 percent of your day’s potassium plus four times your daily dose of vitamin C, the same amount of apple juice has half the potassium and almost no vitamin C. [1

 Smoothies, however, are more likely to contain multiple ingredients, so you can customize them for maximum nutrition.

Smarter choice: Design your smoothie with as many ingredients as possible. Take all your favorite fiber-rich fruits and veggies that you think will complement each other well and create a new smoothie every day.

This will increase your interest in having fruits and veggies raw and will also have a good impact on your health.

Which is better for Weight Loss

While fresh juices are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, they are also fully loaded with sugar. Once the juice is extracted from the fruits, it leaves behind the precious fiber required for better digestion and weight loss.

To promote weight loss, choose a homemade smoothie rather than juice. A smoothie can help keep those extra kilos away.

It also reduces your risk of a number of diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and more, because the ingredients in it provide a balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate.

The Verdict

Juicing and blending both have their advantages and both can become a staple part of anyone’s diet. It depends on one’s choice of lifestyle that weather if they wanna opt for juicing or blending. It also sometimes depends on the equipment you have in hand to either extract juice or to blend it.

The effects, taste, and texture difference between the two, but both are considered to be a healthy alternative.