This post comes from a great reader question on my Juice Cleanse post. Thanks Kristin! She wanted to know if it is better to juice or blend and if more nutrients are kept when you blend.
Blending: blending your fruits and veggies allows you to consume the entire fruit – leaves, skin and seeds in some cases, pulp and juice. Blended drinks can also be called “smoothies.”
- Because you are consuming the entire fruit, you are getting the produce’s natural fibre, which is important for a number of reasons. Fibre aids in bowel regularity to prevent constipation, as well as helps lower your blood sugar levels and your LDL (bad) and total cholesterol. Fibre also helps you feel full, so you are less likely to go looking for a snack after consuming a blended drink!
- When you blend, you are able to add non-produce items to your drink, such as protein powder, flaxseed oil, yogurt, chia seeds etc.
- Blending requires fewer fruits and vegetables than juicing if you are looking to be cost effective
Juicing: juicing separates all the water and nutrients from the solid parts of the produce.
- Because the fruits and vegetable’s nutrients have been broken down even further by juicing them, your body is able to absorb and digest them even better than if they were blended
- Some produce is only good for juicing and can’t be blended (e.g. potatoes, beets, carrots)
- It takes more fruits/veggies to make a glass of juice than a blended drink, so you are getting more fruits and vegetables per glass if you juice rather than blend
So which one is better??
BOTH are good!
- Both blending and juicing make it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients found in fruits and veggies.
- Either way you are consuming foods that contain natural nutrients your body loves and thrives off of (i.e. not processed, sugar-filled, fat-filled etc.)
- For people who don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, blending will be more beneficial as you will get more fibre.
- If you DO eat plenty of fruits and vegetables a day, juicing is a great boost of extra nutrients that your body certainly wouldn’t turn away!
- Whether you choose to juice or blend, you are still getting a increased number of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Juicing and blending can be a great supplement to your daily diet, but are NOT meant to completely replace eating fruits and vegetables.