Blending vs Juicing. I seemed to get asked this question a lot. There are some differences between blending and juicing that you need to be aware of. In this video, I’ll discuss Blending vs juicing, if you should be drinking juices vs smoothies, the juicing vs blending pros and cons and the 5 things you need to know about smoothies vs juices.
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Blending vs Juicing and the 5 things you need to know
For a smoothie, you will need a blender. You simply place all the food into the blender and it will mix everything together. To make fresh juice, you will need a juicer. A juicer will remove the fiber from the food and leave you with leftover pulp. So now that we know the machines, time to figure out if we should be drinking smoothies or juices.
Now it’s time to get into juicing vs blending nutrition. The biggest difference between the two is the fiber. When you blend all the food together in a blender for a smoothie, the fiber remains in the drink. When you run food through a juicer, it removes the fiber. So juicing and fiber intake are much higher than smoothies.
I mentioned earlier that juices are more easily absorbed by the body, so let’s discuss this a little more when you’re trying to decide on blending or juicing. When you remove the fiber, the nutrients in the juice go directly into your bloodstream. This absorption is one of the main benefits of juicing. What does this mean? Your body is getting a serious injection of vitamins and minerals. This sounds great, and it is, but we need to be careful what we are putting into our juices to make sure this rush of minerals is balanced and not load with things we don’t want. All juices are not created equal.
Here are some popular questions I’m often asked. Are fruit juices healthy? Are fruit smoothies healthy? Let’s discuss juicing vs blending fruits and vegetables. You can’t discuss this without talking about juicing and sugar. Juices that are mainly fruit based with very few vegetables are very high in sugar and can spike insulin levels. The fiber than is still present in smoothies will reduce this spike. the fiber in smoothies is one of the benefits of smoothies. Since a juice removes the fiber, that is a rush of sugar going directly into your bloodstream. I understand why this can happen often, especially if you’re new to juicing. The sweetness from the fruits can just taste better. It may take time for your taste buds to adjust to the flavors of healthier foods. If you’ve never juiced before, I probably wouldn’t recommend you dive into a green juice with lots of kale and no fruit since that may be the last juice you ever try. Start by having juices with a good balance and fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens. You’ll find that over time, you can reduce the fruit and increase the greens without it being an issue for you as your taste buds change. If knew to juicing, you may be asking, should I drink a green juice? You my want to start with a green smoothie. That can also help you make the decision between a smoothie or green juice.
Another thing to consider is the amount of food you using. Some people are curious about juicing vs blending for weight loss. As we discussed earlier, juicing removes the fiber while smoothies leave it in. This means to make the same 8 oz. drink, you’re using a lot more food in the juice than the smoothie. A smoothie will also be more filling of a drink than a juice. So blending vs juicing – which is better for weight loss.
You may also want to think about the different foods can use in a juice or smoothie.
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