There’s a lot to be said for drinking your food, particularly if you need fast, tasty nutrition on the run. However it’s wise to consider the possibility that by sticking to food in this form only, you could be missing out on certain nutrients or dietary necessities. The essential difference between juicing v blending is that juicing extracts liquid from fruit or vegetables while blending up a smoothie retains the whole content.
Juicing or blending: all about juicing
The main benefit to juices is convenience. They are a clean and easy way to get your nutrition while on the move – which is no problem if you stick to low calorie, low sugar vegetables. However if your juice is fruit based and you drink a lot of it, it’s very easy to exceed you recommended sugar intake without even realising it. This is mostly because extracted juice doesn’t contain any of the fibre that makes fruits and vegetables so valuable.
However juicing does have some other benefits. That same lack of fibre makes juices far easier on your digestive system. With so little digestive work to do, your body can focus on taking all all the important nutrients and enzymes from the juice, avoiding the heavy feeling of fullness that eating whole foods can give you.
Juicing or blending: all about smoothies
The main argument for blending is fibre. An inescapable truth of juicing or blending is that smoothies retain the fibre that juices leave behind. You get the same fibre from drinking a smoothie that you do from eating the complete fruit or vegetable. Smoothies make it easier to obtain this nutrition if you can’t chew or don’t have time to prepare your fruit an vegetables another way. The higher fibre content in smoothies means you feel fuller and so are less likely to overload on sugar, while the fibre performs its usual job of slowing down the way your body absorbs and processes sugar. A good smoothie can act as a complete meal replacement.
Another advantage with blending is that you can add healthy supplements that aren’t easy to eat on their own – spirulina, wheatgrass and other nutritional powerhouses that don’t fit easily onto a fork can be comfortably blended into a tasty smoothie.
Ultimately both methods have their pros and cons. One advantage common to both is that by disguising the taste in juice and smoothie blends, it’s easier to drink some of the super healthy vegetables that aren’t appetising to everyone in their original form – have you ever tried making children eat raw kale, for example…?