Juicing Vs Blending

There is much discussion about juicing vs blending. 

They both produce DIFFERENT results, so it really
depends on what you’re looking for.

 

I often get asked if blending is as good as juicing. Some insist that blending is better because it includes the fiber. There is no straightforward answer because I cannot compare the two methods. They both give you different results.

 

The differences between JUICING and BLENDING

I do not favor either blending or juicing. They both have different benefits. I do both but I personally tend to do more of juicing for HEALTH reasons. After all, this IS a website on juicing for health, which is why more emphasis will be on juicing. Let me explain the differences:

Blending
Juicing
  • Liquefy whole fruits/ vegetables by chopping them very finely with blades, spinning at very high speed. Result is a pulpy puree-like drink which you call a “smoothie”. During blending, air gets trapped in the drink, making it “fluffy”. The air, together with the pulp may cause gas/bloating in some people.
  • Extract the juices by separating the juice from the fiber/pulp. Result you get is pure, smooth juice. Pulp is separated.
  • Useful for liquefying low water content and non-juiceable fruits like banana, avocado, papaya and leafy vegetables.
  • Extract juices from moisture-rich fruits/vegetables. A masticating juicer can even extract juices from leafy vegetables.
  • With blending, there will be less hydration compared to juicing, as there is high fiber in the drink.
  • Juicing is about hydration, when you drink juices that supply your body with a high amount of liquid that is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, anti-oxidants, etc. It makes the cells happy.
  • More energy/enzymes are being expended in your body, to digest the fiber.
  • No energy needed to digest pure juice. Energy is conserved for cleansing work, especially useful when doing a juice cleanse.
  • Green leafy vegetables may tend to taste “grassy” and unpalatable. You can add in powders, granules, nuts, seeds, ice cubes, spices, herbs, etc. to improve the taste of the smoothie.
  • Vegetables may taste better when extracted using a masticating juicer. The pressing method makes the green juice tastes better. You can also add one or two fruits, or herbs to enhance the taste of your juice.
  • You get the fiber to be included in your drink. To your body, this is like eating your fruits/vegetables. Different enzymes are produced to extract the vitamins/minerals and they have to get through the fiber to get to the “trapped” nutrients. It takes more effort for nutrient absorption and less nutrients are being assimilated in the process. If your digestive system is good, you probably get only up to about 35% absorption of the vitamins and minerals.
  • There is no fiber. You drink the juices and there is very little effort by the body to immediately assimilate the vitamins/minerals from the juices and distribute to the cells immediately for nourishment and healing. This is the exact reason for drinking juices, to get the most nutrients (up to 99% absorption) out of the vitamins and minerals.
  • But we need the fiber? Yes, we need the fiber but that’s mostly what blending gives you—fiber, and less nutrients absorption. You could get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables too. So you decide, which is more important for you, fiber or nutrients.
  • With juicing, it’s not about the fiber, it’s about HEALING. The reason we juice is about getting the optimum nutrition into our cells directly, and quickly. You get fiber from eating your fruits/ vegetables. Or get some ideas here on how to use the juicer pulp in order to still get fiber in your diet.
  • A fibrous drink means less sugar spike, and less healing reactions when doing a rawfood cleanse. When you blend, you do tend to eat more fruits/vegetables, which will also contribute to healing, but at a slower pace when compared to healing through drinking juices.
  • Pure juice is best made by including more fresh green vegetables for its best healing purposes. Due to its very high absorption rate, healing reactions are common and inevitable.
  • With blending, you feel full very quickly due to the pulpy drink. If that’s your intention for blending, then that’s good. But this also means that you eat less fruits/vegetables a day and not obtain the optimum level of nutrients needed by your body.
  • With juicing, your body gets maximum amount of nutrients from a wider variety of fruits/ vegetables. You don’t feel full so quickly so you can drink more. Again, this is for the purpose of speeding up your HEALING.
  • I’m putting the high-speed blender in the same category as the centrifugal juicer that oxidizes your smoothie. High-speed spinning causes oxidation due to the exchange of +ve and -ve ions during spinning.
  • When doing serious juicing for health reasons, I suggest investing in a good gear juicer to prevent oxidation in your juices. Oxidation is in effect, spoiled juice.
  • As pesticides/chemicals are embedded in the fibers, these also get included in your smoothie. To prevent this, use organic fruits/vegetables only. This may prove more costly but a healthier option.
  • When done properly, you can combine and get the best of both worlds from using both, a blender and a juicer. Use your juicer to extract juices to be included in your smoothies, instead of using milk or ice-cream.
  • To enjoy the fun of juicing a variety of recipes, you would want to combine the methods of juicing/blending that would give you the most fulfilling experience when you have both a blender and a juicer in your kitchen.

 

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