Juicing vs. Blending – via Food Matters.

In case you were wondering…

This great little article covers the basics of Juicing and Blending. I do both. Blending is much easier and faster, so it is a part of our daily routine. I like to use frozen kale or spinach, and as far as nutrients go, frozen veggies are similar to and sometimes better than fresh ones. Considering that these veggies are usually flash-frozen immediately after being harvested, which suspends their “aging” and nutrient loss. Frozen veggies are also picked in the peak of their season, too.

So I never shy away from good quality frozen veggies for my smoothies and I always make it 50% greens and the rest fruit, seeds, berries, etc.

Juicing works better for our family when we (adults) do a juice fast. One to three days of juicing only plus water and herbal tea.

As long as you add more leafy greens, e.g. kale, spinach, chard to your diet you will benefit tremendously! Besides juicing and blending, we make salads (I live arugula salad), add greens to our soups, omelets. My kids love dandelion mashed potatoes!

Via Food Matters:

JUICING VS. BLENDING: WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

This is a question that we get asked all the time. Which is better: juicing or blending? Does one offer more health benefits than the other? Juices and smoothies both play an important role in any wellness program and we discuss the benefits of each in both of our films, Food Matters and Hungry For Change. We believe that both juicing and blending are very beneficial, but in different ways.

Here is a short comparison that explains the differences between the two as well as some of the specific benefits of each.

What’s The Difference?

JUICING

Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce  and discards the indigestible fiber.  

Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.

This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. Jason Vale calls juicing “A nutrient express!”

Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.

A word of caution: When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more!

Fiber is also filling and without fiber in the juice, some people tend to get hungry again quickly.

BLENDING


Unlike juices, smoothies consist  of the entire entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables.
However, the blending process breaks the fibre apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest ) but also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.

By including the fiber in your smoothie, the volume will increase. Also, you can pack more servings of fruits and veggies into a single serving of juice than you can into a smoothie.

Juicing and Blending Rules


1. It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple). This can affect how well your digestive enzymes function.

This doesn’t seem to matter too much in green juices and smoothies, but vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content. In his book Food Combining Made Easy, Dr. Herbert Shelton explains that starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. However, Dr. Shelton found that green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything.

2. Try to drink your juice or smoothie straight away. After 15 minutes, light and air will destroy much of the nutrients. If you can’t drink it straight away, transfer to a dark airtight container until you’re ready.

Using The Right Equipment


To get the most benefit from your juices and smoothies, it’s important to use the right equipment. Invest in a good-quality juicer. Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. While it may cost you a bit more initially, a premium cold-press juicer will produce a superior-quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving expense in the long-term.
The machines themselves will also generally last longer. In contrast to the rough extraction of centrifugal juicers, mastication or cold-press juicers compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice.

The same goes for a blender. You want a blender that is gentle on your produce and doesn’t heat up the enzymes as it’s pulling apart the fibres. We spend money on gadgets, clothes, restaurants and other luxuries so, if you can afford it, investing in your health by buying a quality juicer or blender is totally worth it.

Read our Juicer Buying Guide here and learn about the pros and cons of each type of juicer.

To your health!
Elena
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  • worldpeacenik
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I just watched Hungry for Change a few days ago. Great film. My boyfriend and I make smoothies 3-4x/week. Going to start adding frozen greens! Cheers

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  • mmmarzipan
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing this 🙂
    I read this via the Food Matters newsletter… and it is interesting indeed 🙂
    We juice… and then use some of the juice we make in smoothies (which we blend of course). So we do both. I don’t think we necessarily have the best equipment for the job, but for now it works. And I choose what goes into my juices and smoothies based on what is fresh, organic and available, so perhaps my concoctions aren’t the “perfect” mixes, but I know they are healthy, a good way to get nutrients from different fruit and veg and they’re not covered in chemical nasties 🙂

  • Seven2SevenMom
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    Thanks for shedding lights on this. I have just started juicing few months back and never knew I should not simply combine any fruits and veg on a whim. Always thought the more the merrier, and that the purpose of juicing is to maximize intake of all 5 colors of fruits n veg to alkaline our body. 🙂

  • Dorothy Freeman
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    I’ve read a lot of article between the difference of blending and juicing. A lot of people really want to know which is better. In my personal opinion and based from what I have read, blending is better than juicing because in juicing you separate the fiber, we all know that we need fiber in our body because it does not only help to digest what we have eaten but it also has a function in the elimination system of our body. That’s why I prefer blending than juicing.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Hi Dorothy, I think it is all about mixing it up. Like I rotate the food I eat, I also do more juicing in the summer, and more blending in the winter. To me blending is just easier, less time consuming. We worry too much sometimes about metabolism, fiber, nutrients – as long as you eat clean, juicing or blending – either one is a wonderful addition. And in some instances people want to avoid fiber, to give the GI track a break, a cleanse. Again, I have done both and for me it is just matter of convenience and of what I feel like at the moment – more of a meal I go for a smoothie, and sometimes just a juice is perfect.
      The bigger issue I see is when primarily fruit is used and not enough veggies, in my experience it always has to be 60-80% vegetables, and only some fruit for flavor.
      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment!

  • Kim M
    Reply

    I own a blender but was also thinking about getting a juicer mainly for juicing leafy greens, do you think it is worth buying and juicer if you already own a blender? or are there benefits from owning both?
    thanks
    Kim 🙂

    • Elena
      Reply

      Kim, honestly, it is a matter of personal preference. I own both and find myself using the blender a lot more. The only reason is that in my experience juicing is much more involved and time consuming. Large quantities of veggies to be prepped and washed, juiced and then the juicer has to be washed. Blending is easy, quick with little prep work. So with my busy schedule I prefer to blend and take my greens in salads, soups, as side dishes. I also go to Whole Foods near by and have them make me a juice when I am in the store. Much easier for me 🙂

  • Sally
    Reply

    Useful information indeed! It’s really tough to make juices with blenders. Though I personally prefer smoothies, as we get more fiber from them than juice.

    • Elena
      Reply

      Thank you Sally for stopping by. I also now prefer smoothies because they are just so much easier! 🙂 With kids, work, it is just way too time consuming for me to juice. In fact I am ashamed to say, but I have not even pulled the juicer out of the cupboard this summer 🙁

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