Comparing juicing vs blending
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 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.
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.
Combining juicing vs blending
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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