Juicing vs. Blending. Which One is Best For You?
If you are looking to enhance your health you likely came across this subject before. Juicing is a process where you extract the juices from the fruit and/or vegetable and at the same time strip away the fiber. The result is a very concentrated juice that is rich in anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins.
The biggest issue with juicing is the fact that you are only left with the juice which can be high in sugar. Due to the fact that there is no fiber in the juice, it will spike your insulin levels and sugar levels within the blood. Another problem is that people tend to juice only fruits and not as many vegetables which again, results in higher levels of sugar.
Juicing tends to be best when you limit about 3-5 ounces of fluid and/or when you mix a lot more vegetables than fruits. The best benefits of juicing is that it can be highly anti-inflammatory and can really help with those suffering from chronic diseases who need bursts of organic nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
By contrast, blending is a process where you mix all the fruits, vegetables, etc into a blender and maintain all the food components. By blending, you are breaking down the food into more digestible pieces and increase the foods surface area. When doing this, you are able to absorb more nutrients and maintain the fiber. By increasing the surface area you also allow for a slight increase in caloric uptake. For example, if your fruits and veggies make up about 200 calories it may be about 10-20% more due to the increase in surface area.
Blending is great to help get a lot of nutrients in within a small window. It is a great way to get a lot of vegetables, fruits, and your nutrients in quickly and while maintaining the fiber which is very important as it slows the rate of sugar and insulin levels in the blood as well as helps to add bulk to the stool. If you are fairly healthy, don’t necessarily have any chronic diseases, this is a better alternative as it cuts down the sugar. In other words, its better for the average person.
So those are the two differences between juicing and blending and when you can use the. Both can be used in different ways to help boost your immune system, get vital nutrients, have the anti-inflammatory effects, and maintain if not enhance your overall health!