Juicing vs Blending – Which is the best choice?

Juicing vs blending – are naturally different. But many of you still confuse these two methods, or you follow your drink recipes but dont understand the difference or the benefits/strengths of drinks of juice and smoothies, and think that they are the same.

The following article will explain the difference in nature, ways to do and benefits of Juice and Smoothie (or two methods of juicing and blending).

Similarities

  • All are delicious, pure, and homemade drinks. If well prepared, the time of making these drinks is as much as the time to choose the clothes every morning.
  • All from raw food (vegetables) and bring many vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.
  • Both of them can replace the meal or simply are used as drinks when relaxing.
  • Young children and the elderly can use them because they are easy to absorb, and need no chewing effort.

Differences about Juicing vs Blending

Ways of making

Juice is made by extracting the water from vegetables and removing insoluble fiber. While the smoothie is made by blending it all, it still includes insoluble fiber. This is the fiber that our body must emit anyway, it goes around the stomach, mainly helps fill up and aids digestion, does not contribute to nutrients, and then goes out. 

Tools 

Juice is made from the juicer. Smoothie is made from a blender.

Raw materials

Many fruits and vegetables can only be squeezed to make juices not smoothies, and vice versa. Raw materials used for juicing is a lot richer than smoothies, especially hard fruits (beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, guavas, toads, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, etc), while smoothie should use softer fruits and soft leaves or small leaves vegetables (spinach, kale, lettuce, moringa, sprout, etc.).

However, with smoothie, you can mix many different types of toppings, different types of boosters, superfoods powder that no one put in juice (goji berry, dried fruits, flaxseed, dried coconut, cocoa beans, bee pollen, the types of superfoods, nut butter, etc.). Smoothie usually needs liquid to be able to mix ingredients (coconut water or nuts, coconut milk). Juice basically does not mix water, only extracting juice from vegetables (if there is water, mainly used to rinse the machine when needed), because the nature of the pressing process is to get juice from plants.

Form and texture

Juice is a form of water. Smoothie is a thicker, more concentrated form.

Nutritional value

Juice brings a very high amount of mineral vitamins and enzymes and is absorbed very quickly into the bloodstream because the juice has no fiber and the stomach does not have to digest (because most fiber has been removed). Juice allows vitamins, minerals, enzymes to be loaded more quickly and plentifully than when you have to eat the same amount of ingredients and wait for the body to digest and absorb.

At that time, the body does not need to use much energy to digest, cells rest freely, absorb the substances and recover. In addition, juice is also suitable for those who have a fiber-sensitive digestive system, allowing you to still benefit from plant minerals without having to worry much about the amount of fiber in it.

Meanwhile, when you blend / make smoothie, all ingredients are pureed, including the fiber. So the smoothie makes you feel fuller. The amount of fiber helps the sugar and mineral vitamins be released into the body more slowly than ‘rushing’ like juice (long enough, suitable for those who need to monitor blood sugar).

The effect of juice you can feel right away after taking a few minutes (the feeling of vitamins and energy running, refreshing and cool intestines, healthy mind), but drinking juice with lots of fruit will increase the risks of transient hyperglycemia very quickly (but if there is no problem with blood sugar there is no need to worry too much). Another significant benefit of blending, as mentioned above, is allowing you to make smoothies with a variety of ingredients that juice does not, allowing ingredients that are high in protein, healthy fats, and carbs, sufficient to create a convenient and healthy meal.

Juicing vs Blending – Which one is better?

Nutritionally, Juice holds on to some things better than smoothies!

According to an independent study by a lab test conducted by the Australian Government National Measurement Institute in Melbourne, it was done on green juice from a good quality centrifugal press (Breville), and a green smoothie from a well-made blender. Head (Vitamix machine, grind for 60 seconds), with the same amount of ingredients, however with a blender with added water, some conclusions were made:

Green juice from a press machine contains twice the amount of the main nutrients (more than 142% of Vitamin C – almost double!, 73% Alpha Carotene, 109% Beta Carotene, and 54% Potassium) compared to the same raw materials that are ground by a blender. The healthier the blender is, the worse it is for maintaining the nutrition of the plant. The cause is largely due to oxidation (air mixed into food cells) during grinding causes destruction of nutrients. However, the amount of magnesium is similar, and the amount of calcium of green smoothie is higher than green juice. 

So, to conclude what is better, what should be used, the answer is: Why choose? Both to go.

Actually, for me, there is nothing best, but only the balance and usage are best for a person according to their health conditions. Both juice and smoothie are good and allow us to eat a lot of vegetables every day. One way or another, eat or drink, grind or squeeze, the more methods, the richer the better, the more fun! A good diet should be plentiful, right? Please try the experience and decide for yourself. Using juice daily, and sometimes make a smoothie instead of breakfast.

Some tips for you:

– You should try to use green juice and green smoothie. You need to gradually reduce the amount of sweet fruits (first add a little green vegetables and then increase), and need to know that the taste can change that.

– Juice and smoothie can be made in advance for a few days if you do not have time to do everyday. Of course, freshness is best, but there are ways to preserve and create conditions for yourself, is it still better to drink than not to drink?

– Can use yellow/green lemon juice in green formulas to increase the absorption of vitamin C as well as reduce the risk of dull drinks due to oxidation.

– Always try to use the latest organic and fresh food to the extent possible. It doesnt matter if you cant find organic, choose the one you want.

Above are the comparison and contrast between juicing vs blending. Wish you always have many choices for your healthy nutrition!

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