Blending Vs Juicing, the big question: Which is better, blending your whole foods or juicing them?
Well the answer most people weren’t expecting is: Both
Most people do realize that both blended smoothies and freshly extracted vegetable juices offer exponentially better nutrient absorption than whole, raw foods. However, they are not the same thing, no matter what you hear from an infomercial or read in a magazine.
Although many people refer to high-powered blenders as “juicers”, blenders retain the fiber, as apposed to where juicers are specially designed to separate the fiber, leaving only a liquid packed with nutrients.
The major difference is, when the juice is separated from the pulp, your body easily consume a much larger volume of vegetables than you could by drinking a smoothie containing pulp.
Here’s an example; if you blend a smoothie, you might want to include up to 7-10 leaves (depending on size) of kale along with some fruit. Those 7-10 leaves of kale will yield only about 1.5 oz of juice.
Now here’s the thing, since we can easily drink an 8 oz serving of juice without fiber, the volume of concentrated nutrients available in 8 oz of vegetable juice would be much greater than a large smoothie containing just 1.5 oz of juice.
When drinking fiber free juice (especially on an empty stomach) eliminates strain on the digestive tract. The reason why is because the juicer has already done most of the digestion work for you, having separated the fiber from the juice. So without fiber to digest, the juice can be efficiently transported into your bloodstream within 25-30 minutes.
Here’s the great thing about this efficiency; it’s that the nutrients have practically no time to degrade. So we know that the best vitamin and mineral complement to a whole food diet is plenty of freshly extracted vegetable juice.
Although juicing is great for delivering concentrated nutrients to the cellular level, it does not replace need for salads and smoothies. A well-rounded diet of whole foods packed with fiber is still extremely important to a healthy diet.
Smoothies, blended soups, and blended salads are excellent ways to get a variety of raw, whole foods with fiber into your daily routine. This is mainly because they are filling and substantial due to their fiber content, they also help curb the temptation to eat too much cooked foods.
So in conclusion, both methods are not only recommended, but also very beneficial in their own respective ways.
Adding in a liquid multivitamin, for example 3 Second Health‘s citrus flavor liquid vitamin supplement is perfect for smoothies. Talk about a power packed, nutrient-rich meal, this is the best way to get all of your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in one shot “so to speak”.