juicing versus blending

Juicing vs blending: which is better?

With the recent hype of smoothies and juices taking over social media, nutrition posts, and many local shops and markets, one may wonder what the difference is, if any, between the two products.

Let’s look at some benefits and drawbacks of juicing vs blending.

Juices:

For those of us who strongly dislike veggies and fruit, juicing could be a solution to add some missing nutrients to our diet.

The major drawback of juicing your produce is that you will be taking out the fibre: an important factor for colon health and satiety. Juicing too much fruit per serving could also lead to a blood sugar rush, as no fibre is present to balance it out.

Smoothies:

Smoothies can be an excellent way to get many nutrients from various food groups in one product. This includes milk, yogurt, fibre, protein, fruits and vegetables. Unlike juicing, blending these foods in a smoothie allows you to still get the benefit of the fibre.

The biggest con of smoothies is that there is the possibility getting more calories than you bargained for as a result of adding too many ingredients.

In summary, it is always best to eat your veggies and fruit rather than drink them. That being said, if you choose to go with smoothies or juices, try to make them yourself. You’ll have more control over the ingredients and therefore you’ll know exactly what’s in them!

To get you started, here’s a great recipe for a Strawberry Banana Breakfast Smoothie.

For more information, check out this article comparing juice and smoothies or visit Copeman’s definitive guide to Healthy Eating Habits.