By Alyssa St-Jean (LowFatLowCarb.com)
To blend or to juice. That is the question. What’s the difference? Is there a better choice? Does one have more benefits than the other? Some say juicing is better and some say blending is better. So, who is right? Once again, we are all confused due to everyone’s random opinions on the blending VS juicing fad.
Let’s set the record straight! Truth be told, juicing and blending both provide many benefits in their own way! For some, blending is better and for others juicing is better. It all depends on what type of benefits you are looking to get out of it. Let’s compare the two:
Juicing is the process of extracting juice from produce such as fruits or vegetables. We keep the water and nutrients and we discard the indigestible fiber. By removing all the fibers and by only keeping the liquids, it is much easier and faster for the digestive system to digest produce. So, this means that there are more nutrients that are readily available to the body, in larger quantities, than if you were to eat a fruit or veggie as a whole.
The Good: If you have a sensitive digestive system juicing is a good choice. Freshly squeezed veggies are great for their healing properties and detoxification abilities.
The Bad: Juice is quickly absorbed into the blood stream. So, if a person only juices fruits, they could cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and/or unstable blood sugar levels. Juices are also not as filling since the fibers are no longer present to fill you up.
Blending is the process of mixing a substance with another substance so that they combine together as a mass. With this case, we are talking about blending an entire fruit and/or veggie to make a smoothie. When you blend whole fruits and/or veggies, you are breaking down the fibers so it is much easier to digest than chomping on fruit and veggies. Although you are breaking down the fibers in the blending process, you are still slowing down the digestive process since the fibers are still present. They’re just in little tiny pieces.
The Good: Fiber helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. So, no blood sugar spikes! Smoothies are also very filling and a super fast to make.
Be aware of the combinations that you are using.
The choices you make could potentially affect how well your digestive enzymes will function. Leafy greens usually mix well with almost everything however, veggies such as carrots and beets don’t usually mix well with fruit due to their high starch levels. Starchy veggies are best consumed solo because they are digested with a different type of enzyme. By combining a starchy veggie with a fruit, you may experience some fermentation and maybe a little gas.
Drink your Juices/Smoothies ASAP!
Did you know that it takes only 15 minutes to destroy most of the nutrients in your smoothies due to light and air? If you can’t drink you smoothie right away, make sure that you are using an air tight and preferably dark container to store it in.
Use a good quality juicer/blender
Cheap equipment is cheap for a reason. Cheap kitchen gear often introduces heat and oxygen to the mix and well, this can destroy all those good nutrients and enzymes that should be in your juice/smoothie. So for this reason, it is important to use good quality blender or juicer so that this does not occur.