In this blog, we will compare juicing and blending. Juices and smoothies are not opponents. Hence, we titled our blog smoothies and juices differences as opposed to blending versus juicing. We also didn’t title our blog juicing and blending pros and cons because they are simply different. What can be a juicing or blending drawback to one person, could be a benefit to another. Juicing and blending don’t compete against each other. Rather they could work hand in hand together to improve our overall health. Read more on why both juicing and blending are healthy. Check out our juices and smoothie recipes!
We will outline the juicing and blending differences in categories. For example, we will take digestive fiber, sugar, calorie consumption, etc and talk about juicing and blending differences. Most people can benefit from both juicing and blending. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits and vegetables. Drinking smoothies and freshly squeezed juices can help! Read more about best way and time to consume fruits.
Ingredients For Smoothies and Freshly Squeezed Juices
To start off, we assume your smoothies and freshly squeezed juices are based on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. We are not talking about the store-bought smoothies and juices loaded with extra sugar, chemicals, artificial ingredients, etc. We are also not talking about juices from fruit concentrate.
You can also add other healthy ingredients to your juice or smoothie. Most people like to add butters, seeds, powders, and other super-foods. It is a little harder to add some super foods to juices as the taste and texture is lost. However, there is nothing wrong adding egg white powder protein to your juice! Also, watch for the calories count when adding super foods. It is very easy to end up with a whooping 500 calorie smoothie. For example, adding 2 tbsp almond butter to your smoothie will add about 200 extra calories alone.
Let’s Get the Smoothie and Juice Definitions Down
- Juicing – Freshly squeezed juice is the liquid extracted from fruit and vegetable. The water and nutrients from the fruits and vegetables is preserved. However, the fiber and pulp is separated from the drink. Discarding the fiber and pulp makes juices taste smooth. You need a juicer to freshly squeezed the fruits and vegetables.
- Blending – Smoothie is a drink made of blended fruits and vegetables plus adding some sort of liquid. We like to use plain water for most of our smoothies. You need a blender or food processor to make a smoothie. Whatever you put in the blender that is what you will drink. Hence, you may prefer to peel, core, get rid of seeds, etc from the fruits and vegetables prior blending. The pulp and fiber makes the smoothie texture chunky.
Fiber and Pulp Difference in Juices and Smoothies
The most debated element of juicing versus blending is the fiber and pulp. Keep reading. You will be surprised there is a benefit of having the fiber and pulp removed from a drink! People with digestive issues love to have pulp and fiber free drinks. However, people who are constipated would argue that smoothies are much better. Those individuals do need fiber in their diets for a better digestive health.
Difference In How Smoothies and Juices Work With The Digestive System
- Blending – When blending, all the fiber and pulp is preserved in the drink. Leaving the fiber into the drink is healthy for your digestive track, and you feel fuller for longer. The fiber from fruits and vegetables slows down digestions and releases the nutrients to the body in steady intervals. When your body works to absorb nutrients, you are spending energy/calories.
- Juicing – When juicing, the dietary fiber and pulp is discarded/separated from the juice. Not having the pulp and fiber helps people with digestive issues that need low-fiber diet get needed nutrients. With juicing, the juicer does the juice extraction work otherwise done by the human body. As a result, people with digestive issues can have the nutrients dense liquid readily available for their bodies to absorb. Relieving the work of the digestive system with juices is one of the reasons people do juice detox programs.
Difference In Smoothies and Juices Nutrient Absorption
The body has to work really hard to extract nutrients out of raw/whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing and blending can be used as an aid for consuming and absorbing more nutrients better.
- Blending – blending fruits and vegetables aid the nutrient absorption. It breaks down the produce into smaller chunks easier to digest and extract nutrients from. Especially for people who cannot chew well (having braces for example), drinking smoothie could be a life saver!
- Juicing – With juicing the extraction process has already started by extracting the liquid from the ingredients. This allows nutrients to enter the bloodstream in the fastest way possible and the nutrients to be absorbed quickly. There are nutrients that if exposed to air or left for longer outside lose their function. By having the juice ready and consuming most of the time a small drink/shot you can enjoy more nutrients.
Difference Between Juicing and Blending Energy Spent and Weight Loss/Gain
- Blending – Experts warn against drinking smoothies when trying to lose weight because they fear people will over consume calories. However, if you are monitoring your calorie intake, we believe smoothies can help with weight loss. For example, low calorie vegetable loaded smoothies can be much better than a high calorie restaurant meal. Restaurant style Alfredo pasta anyone?
- Nutrient Extraction – With juicing the nutrient extraction process has already started. This allows nutrients to enter the bloodstream with the least amount of energy used by the body. This is one of the reasons it is recommend not to drink juices if you are trying to lose weight. If you eat the whole fruit or vegetable your body spends energy (calories) to extract the nutrients. To turn juicing into a weight loss benefit, juice vegetables and do not consume too many calories.
- Fiber and pulp – Because the fiber and pulp is segregated from the juice, you will feel hungry quicker.
- Volume – with juicing you separate the liquid from the flesh. Usually you will juice a big volume of produce to end up with 1 cup of juice liquid. For instance, 1 orange yields about 4 tablespoons of juice. Because the juice is a dense drink, you will need to watch your calorie consumption. In a nutshell, don’t overdo juicing.
Dietary and Soluble Fiber Difference in Juices and Smoothies
Fiber Waste With Smoothies and Juices
There are people who are concerned with the juicing waste. In fact, I was one of those people who cannot watch all that flesh put into the garbage. So, I bought a dehydrator. I dry up all the flesh instead of throwing it in the garbage. The dried flesh is great for crunching it plain as chips, adding it into salads as croutons, etc. Sky is the limit of how creative you can get here – you can even try adding it to baking!
Difference in Sugar Smoothies and Juices Absorption
As with every thing, overdoing something can become harmful. Hence, if you are blending and juicing lots of fruit, the sugar can pack up. Instead, just think of how much fruits you would/want to consume for the day. Then make juices and smoothies out of that number of fruits and vegetables. Also, include more veggies in your drinks which are much lower in calories and sugar. This will balance out possible sugar spikes and calorie over consumption.
- Blending – Having the pulp and fiber with the smoothies reduces the risk of blood sugar spikes. The fiber and pulp in smoothies release nutrients slowly to your body. Hence, smoothies do not stimulate rise in blood sugar.
- Juicing – Juices enter your body faster than smoothies. Hence, if you juice lots of fruits, you need to watch for rise in the blood sugar. There are many fruits that actually help with blood sugar control (i.e. strawberries) that you can use for your drinks.
As seen from this blog, there are big differences between juicing and blending. We outlined the main differences between smoothies and juices based on categories for a better contrast. Did we miss to mention a category you are passionate about? If so, message us below.
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