Gone are the days when you could stroll into the store and buy your favourite sugary juice without feeling any kind of guilt. The emergence of trendy juice bars serve to remind us of what a real, healthy juice is supposed to taste and look like. Walking into one, you get the sense that the only thing standing in your way of creating an all new, much healthier, version of your life is the absence of a fancy juicing device in your own kitchen.
Once you decide to get a juicer it will only be a matter of time before you will encounter the juicing versus blending debate. Many a health nut like to compare the question of juicing versus blending to the idea of comparing running to yoga; both are great forms of exercise but are two extremely different practices. While both juicing and blending offer an easy and delicious way to pack in your daily serving of fruits and vegetables, the two methods offer varying nutritional benefits. Knowing the nutritional content that each process offers or leaves behind is a useful deciding factor if you’re looking to invest in one to use regularly.
Here are the main questions to ask yourself before deciding to juice or blend:
Do you mind pulp?
Blending offers a pulpy, puree-like drink whereas juicing allows for a smooth, pulp-free drink.
Are you satisfying a thirst quench or looking for a meal replacement?
Juicing works to extract water and discard ingestible fiber from the fruits and vegetables, which makes it a great form of hydration. Though it offers an extraordinary amount of nutrients, it will not fill you up, making it a poor substitute for a meal. Blending, on the other hand, is not as hydrating as juicing but a lot more filling. If you want to take a quick and easy breakfast on the road with you then your best option is to blend.
Is your diet lacking an abundance of soft fruits or green leafy vegetables?
Blending allows you to add soft fruits to your juice, such as avocados and bananas, that don’t do well in a juicer. Juicing, on the other hand, is ideal for vegetables such as carrots and beets, as well as dark leafy greens that taste “grassy” when blended but delicious when juiced.
Will you be getting your daily dose of fiber from other sources?
In a juicer, the fiber from your produce gets extracted out through the filtered-out pulp. Blending, though, is as good as eating your vegetables and fruit when it comes to fiber content.
Do you need a quick detox?
While only about 35% of the vitamins and minerals are absorbed when blending, the process invites a slow, even release of nutrients. If you want optimum levels of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and anti-oxidants delivered rapidly, try juicing. Of the up to 70% of nutrients you’ll extract from juicing fruits and vegetable, your body absorbs up to 99% of it. Juicing also allows nutrients to absorb into the body more readily than if you were eating the fruit or vegetable whole, which makes it a powerful natural healing tool.
Do you want to avoid a “sugar high” or are you looking for a caffeine-like kick?
Put simply, juicing can create a sugar high while blending will avoid one. If you are a caffeine drinker trying to limit your daily intake, opt for the juicer since it will provide an energy boost that mimics your coffee. To avoid the same sort of “fading away” symptoms you get when your caffeine boost wears away, avoid juicing with fruits exclusively. Incorporating vegetables into the mix will avoid an excessively rapid spike in blood sugar levels, preventing withdrawal-like symptoms such as mood swings and energy loss. If you are suffering from blood-glucose issues like diabetes or hypoglycaemia, or want to avoid a sugar high, be sure to blend instead of juice, since the former avoids a spike in blood sugar levels altogether.
Do you buy organic produce?
Pesticides and chemicals get transfered to you through the fiber. While a juicer will dispose of the fiber, a blender keeps fiber contained. If you’re blending, be sure to buy organic produce.
Chances are you may not be getting the recommended seven to ten servings of fruits and vegetables you need each day and juicing or blending could help you get there. Deciding which will be your go-to is dependant on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Ultimately, only you know what works best for you.