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Juicing vs Blending – Which is better?

Posted by: Dr. Bill Sears on April 12, 2012

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Sipping on nutrition packed juices and smoothies throughout the day is a great way to increase fruit and veggie intake as well as provide a steady fuel supply to your body. As more people are experimenting new recipes and making their own veggie juices and smoothies, it brings up the question, “Which is better? Juicing vs Blending?”  Both juicing and blending are very beneficial in different ways. Here is a quick comparison to help you determine which is right for you!

Juicing:Juicing vs blending

Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce  and discards all the fiber.  Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. 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. When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream all at once causing a spike in blood sugar. 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, you will be hungry again quickly.

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Blending:

Blending is the process of finely chopping up the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all, to produce a smooth consistency. Blending produce leaves all the fiber in the mixture, which helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. The fiber in smoothies also helps you feel full longer! By including the fiber in your smoothie, the volume will increase. You can pack more servings of fruits and veggies into a single serving of juice than you can into a smoothie.

A Combination….

When considering juicing vs blending, both options have their benefits and disadvantages and you may want to follow Dr. Sears smoothie recipe that actually combines both blending and juicing! Click here for Dr. Bill’s favorite brain-boosting smoothie recipe.

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8 comments for “Juicing vs Blending – Which is better?”

M Schultz
The only way to convince me as to which one is superior is to test the nutrient content of identical food sources after blending and after juicing. Are you aware of any such tests?
Dale
Excellent summary, especially in contrast to all of the misinformation out there. Very useable format & presentation of the information. Thanks!!!
KongThis
I have the VitaMix blender and I love it! I am now just learning about juicing and it won't be long before I get one. This article was helpful. From all that I have read, it's best to juice fruits in the morning and blend veggies the rest of the day (better to not mix fruits and veggies at the same time). Can't wait to buy my first juicer! Which one should I get???
Milagros
Great summary. What about taste? For those of you that do both, which taste do you prefer?
ash
When you leave out the skins and seeds, you leave out the phytochemicals, the keys to unlocking phase 2 enzyme to detoxify the cells. The write up on juicing here gives one pro about the body not having to break down the nutrients, but if you blend in a high powered blender such as Blendtec's 3hp, the food is broken down so well it is easily absorbed! BLENDING IS SUPERIOR!
Cheryl
We're super blending fans all the way!! Thanks for the info.
Tasha van Es
Great write up with a quick summary of the pros and cons. I have been a smoothie fan for a while, and just got a juicer so I've been learning as much as I could about that as well. I think having both in one's arsenal of good eating is beneficial. Fiber is very important for health - most Americans do not get enough. Smoothies keep the fiber content. Also, as the article notes, juicing fruit/vegs with high sugar content (fruit and vegetables like carrots) results in a beverage with high sugars (simple carbohydrates), which can be detrimental. There are different ways of tackling that, such as having a ratio of 80% veg to 20% fruits in an individual juice, or only having juiced fruit in the am, and juiced vegetables the rest of the day. The point is, very sweet juice all the time is not a great idea. To me a benefit of juicing is a way to get additional plant nutrients beyond what I would typically eat. I eat a lot of whole fruit and vegetables, raw and cooked, which won't change. But making juice is a fast and fun way to boost my nutrition coming from plants rather than animal sources. I think it's a do both, not an all of one or the other.
Beth
I've been wondering which is better! This is a great, easy breakdown of both. Thank you!

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