Juice or Blend into a Smoothie?
Both are beneficial!
Juice is the liquid and about 90% of the nutrients from the fruit or vegetable.Juicing is the process of extracting juice from produce, separating it from the pulp (or insoluble fiber).
When made fresh and kept raw, those nutrients stay intact. Juicing is the easiest way to get phytonutrients in their most absorbable form straight to the bloodstream. Your digestive system does not have to work hard to separate nutrients from the pulp because a juicer does it for you. There is little, if any, digestion required. Since juices are predigested by the juicer, the body can shift its healing efforts to other more critical efforts.
The body will absorb nutrients immediately because there’s no pulp.
This makes juicing suitable for people who have a condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.
It’ll also work if you have a weak digestive system. Juicing will enable you to still get the nutrients your body needs.
Don’t rely on juicing as a substitute to a proper meal because it lacks the fiber to fill you up.
The main purpose of juicing is to repair and renew. In addition, the enzymes are alive and aid not only to make digestion and all other metabolic processes work, but also help repair our DNA and RNA.
Blending, on the other hand, is very beneficial also. Blending is an easy way to pack those nutrient dense foods into your diet. Green smoothies are more filling than juices since they contain fiber. Fiber is essential for keeping your system clean and running smoothly. It feeds the microbes within us which in turn then feed our whole body.
This helps make fruit and vegetables easier to digest. The presence of fiber slows down the release of nutrients and helps avoid blood glucose spikes if you happen to make recipes with lots of fruit.
Your body will absorb all the nutrients because everything remains intact including the non-soluble fiber that helps with cleansing the gut.
Blending can also technically replace a meal because the fiber helps fill you up. This is an alternative to a breakfast just in case you’re in a hurry.
Which one is better?
It all boils down to what you want to achieve.
Juicing can be beneficial for the following scenarios
- Going through a fast and need to rest your digestive system for a short period
- Just had surgery, chemo or radiation therapy, or virus and need something that absorbs quickly to rebuild and boost your immune system
- Looking for an alternative treatment to conditions such as high blood or diabetes – you can concoct recipes that contain ingredients that help treat these conditions naturally
- Have a health issue and you need a quick way to absorb nutrients
Blending can be beneficial for these situations…
- It provides a quicker option to consuming foods just in case you’re in a hurry
- Helps you consume more leafy greens and improve your overall health
- Can serve as a meal replacement