I get this question a lot. What’s the difference? Which one is better? What’s right for me? There’s a lot of people out there confused about blending and juicing. Here’s some quick info that will hopefully help clear up any questions you might have:
First, a quick intro for anyone completely unfamiliar to the concepts:
What is blending?
In blending, you take whole pieces of fruit and vegetables and chop it up to a desired consistency. No by-products are generated; everything that enters the blender ends up in the final mixture. The most popular (and delicious!) form of blending is that of a smoothie.
What is juicing?
Juicing is the process of extracting juices from any fruit and vegetables. The two main methods by which juicers accomplish this is through centrifugal force (juicers that chop food and then spin at high speeds to extract the liquid) or mastication (juicers that grind food and press out the liquid). Although juicing generally pertains to raw fruits and vegetables, in some cases it might be extended to cooked fruits and vegetables as well. After juicing, you’ll be left with a juice that contains the nutrients of your ingredients, but you’ll also have all the solid parts of your ingredients leftover as well.
Is blending or juicing right for me?
The first main difference between blending and juicing is the amount of fiber that you consume. Fruits and vegetables contain lots of fiber. In juicing, all the fiber that is contained in the skins and flesh of the fruits and vegetables is thrown away. In blending, all the fiber gets added to the final product. To detour for a second, fiber is essential for your body because it:
- helps detoxify your body by binding with toxins and chemicals and carrying them out of your body
- helps maintain steady blood sugar levels by slowing down the rate at which sugar is digested
- lowers bad cholesterol by preventing your body from absorbing it
- and helps you lose weight as it will make you feel full for longer
Now that we know how helpful fiber is, you can understand why we want it in our diets. The complication is that you don’t want *too* much fiber, so if you’re already getting plenty, you might not need any extra.
The second main difference between blending and juicing is the amount of antioxidants in the final product. For many fruits and vegetables, if the seeds or skin are edible, they often contain many healthy antioxidants. These antioxidants are lost in juicing as the seeds and skin are discarded and not included in the final juice product, while blending contains all the antioxidants in full.
Keep in mind, that while blending provides additional fiber and antioxidants, juicing can be very helpful for anyone who has digestive problems as the liquid only will be easier to digest.
If your goal is to add fiber or antioxidants to your diet, then blending is definitely the right choice for you over juicing. Keep in mind though, that simply consuming fruits and vegetables is a much healthier option than not eating them at all, so if juicing is your favorite way to prepare your fruit and vegetables, by all means continue! Just recognize the difference between the two options!