Juicing or blending – which is better?

Jan 20, 2015

To juice or to blend? Does one have better benefits than the other? My budget allows me to get a juicer or a blender, but not both, which one should I go for? These questions come up a lot with my clients so I’m going to give you a breakdown of their differences and highlight some of their key benefits in case you have the very same questions.

JUICING

Juicing extracts the water and nutrients from the fruits and vegetables and ejects the indigestible pulp. Without the fibre, the load is a lot lighter on your digestive system and the nutrients are able to pass into the bloodstream within minutes and head straight to your cells to ensure your body is nourished and restored at a cellular level.

This is particularly helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or an illness that compromises your ability to digest fibre as it bypasses this challenge and makes nutrients readily available where they’re most needed. It is also great if you’re feeling under the weather and want a quick nutrient injection to give your immune system a real helping hand.

This fibre removal process gives our taxed bodies a much needed rest by solely consuming liquid and allows our bodies to spend less energy on digestion which frees up more energy for other processes such as repairing and detoxing. This is why you’ll see juices featured in a lot of detox and wellness programmes as to eat the quantity of whole fruits and vegetables that you would put into a juicer everyday would require a constant jaw workout!

A word of warning: Pick your smoothie ingredients wisely and aim for 3 parts vegetables to 1 part fruit. Since the fibre is removed in the juicing process, this causes the liquid juice to be absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are juicing only fruits then this can cause a rapid spike in your blood sugar levels which can lead to feeling irritable, brain fog and in the long term weight gain due to the hormone insulin being produced when your blood sugar levels soar. Insulin is a fat storing hormone so it’s best not to eat foods that trigger its release.

BENEFITS OF JUICING:

  • Instant hit of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into the bloodstream
  • Gives your digestive system a break so your body can repair and detox
  • Removes fibre which allows you to pack more nutrients in than a smoothie

 

BLENDING

Unlike juicers, blenders don’t have an ejection funnel to remove the pulp, so everything you put into a smoothie, stays in the smoothie, skin and everything.  Smoothies tend to be quicker to make and the cleaning up process is a lot quicker as you only have the one container to clean, rather than having to disassemble a juicer and clean out all the parts (which only takes a few minutes but it is worth highlighting as some people consider it a ‘faff’).

By including the fibre in a smoothie, smoothies tend to be more filling and the energy they supply you with is more constant and longer lived owing to the fibre and protein content being able to keep blood sugar levels more tightly regulated.  This is ideal for people with blood sugar imbalances i.e. for any pre-diabetics or diabetics or for people wishing to keep their sugar levels controlled for their general health.You can’t pack as many fruits and vegetables into a smoothie compared to a single serving of juice due to the fibre content and smoothies taking up a larger volume so the overall nutrient content isn’t as high but in terms of a meal, it is more satisfying.

A word of warning: As with juicing, I like to keep my smoothies vegetable based with a touch of fruit and I also always add in some protein and good fats so that all nutrients are accounted for. This keeps my energy levels nice and constant.

BENEFITS OF BLENDING 

  • Great for digestion: sweeps toxins through the digestive tract and makes you nice and regular
  • Supplies you with a longer, steady supply of energy
  • Quicker to make – perfect if you’re time poor and looking for a quick meal or snack
  • Allows you to add protein and good fats easily and blend for a complete meal

So there we have it, the pros and further pros of juicing and blending! I love both and find both serve different purposes but I would say personally, I make smoothies more just because it’s easier and you can pack in all those extra goodies in their too like all the amazing superfood powders that are out there and seeds etc. but experiment and find out what works for you!

All the healthy best,

Jess x

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Hi, I’m Jess! Nutritional Therapist  & Personal Trainer, sharing workouts & nutrition made simple from my island home in Menorca. My mission? To educate & inspire people to achieve & sustain their personal health & body shape goals. I love to hike, cook, and bring inspiring people together.

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