Blending and juicing both have health benefits depending on the ingredients and routine you have. To see the difference, let’s check out the pros and cons.
- You can get more vegetables in your system. With blending, you can mix vegetables, fruits, milk, nuts, seeds, oils, protein powders, and other supplements.
- The cost is minimal. Having a blender at home is almost so ordinary.
- Kids can drink smoothies. And it’s a great way to get vegetables in their body. They prefer a veggie-based juice instead of chewing them.
- It gives fewer nutrients per serving when compared to juicing. You need to drink more smoothies than juice in order to avail of the same load of vitamins and minerals because the fiber remains in the drink.
- Some produce shouldn’t be blended. For instance, carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes don’t taste great when blended. They end up bitter and therefore are better juiced.
- It offers more vegetables per serving. The fiber is removed in juicing, and therefore more vegetable juice can fit in a glass.
- It works well as an energy booster. Thanks to the high concentration of veggies slash nutrients, you can absorb more nutrients when compared to smoothies. Juice from produce is even more pre-digested than smoothies.
- Juiced produce is easier to digest. It extracts the water and nutrients, unlike blending. It leaves behind fibers found in peels, skins, and seed hulls. Because of this, the digestive system won’t have trouble breaking down the nutrients.
- It releases less heat damage. Because juicers don’t use fast-spinning blades like blenders, it won’t kill off the beneficial enzymes. Smoothies need ice to counteract this.
- Juicers require you to have more refrigerator space. They need more fruits and vegetables per serving than blending, demanding more fridge space for storage.
- They are more difficult to clean. Juice machines have a higher number of parts compared to blenders, therefore they take more time to clean.
- They can cost more because you need large bunches (especially vegetables) per serving.
To make it easier for you to remember, here are the main differences:
When you juice, the pulp (insoluble fiber) and juice are separated. When you blend, everything you put in the blender will be pulverized, including the pulp, which actually slows down digestion and keeps you full for longer.
Juicing allows your digestive system to break down and absorb the nutrients faster. The nutrients in the juice are concentrated, which means there’s a quick release of nutrients. In smoothies, there’s a slow release.
You can consume more produce when you juice. However, you cannot juice bananas and avocados; you can only blend them.
You don’t actually have to choose between the two. Both can be very beneficial for the health and they also have drawbacks themselves. Some people will urge you to juice and some will encourage you to blend. The best thing to do is to check your lifestyle or the lifestyle you’ll be ready to commit into.