One of the most common questions people ask is what the difference is between juicing and blending?
The difference is not as obvious as you think and there is a lot of confusion between the two. So, I would like to clear things up so you don’t think you are juicing when in fact you are blending and visa versa.
When juicing, you would generally use a machine that takes the whole fruit and/or vegetables and extract the juice (this is the water and most of the nutrients the produce contains), leaving behind the pulp. When blending, there is no left-over pulp. Blenders use the whole fruit/vegetable/nuts and pulverise it completely into one drink.
I think the confusion generally sneaks in with all these machines and their fancy different names. Generally you see the term such as “Nutrition Extractor” or “Nutri Bullet”, for example, how do you know if you are juicing or blending? Simply ask yourself the question: is the machine removing the pulp? If not, it’s not juicing!
So which is better?
Its pretty simple and really depends from person to person. I personally love both. I use Breville products as they offer the best quality and their machines are high powered. For juicing I use the Juice Fountain (please see my product review on this product) and for Blending I use the Breville Boss to Go (please see my product review here)
When it comes to juicing and blending I look at it like this:
We all need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit in our diet, and our lifestyles these days don’t allow for that. There is not time to cook and prepare 6 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Blending and juicing is the perfect answer and they are nutrient dense powerhouses.
Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. They are however not the same, and it is important to understand why.
Juicing removes insoluble fiber – the pulp. Fiber is really good for you and also plays a very important role in keeping your digestive system healthy and it also slows down the absorption of sugar. But in saying that, it also slows down the absorption of nutrients and some nutrients don’t get absorbed at all as it stays in the fiber.
When you are juicing, you can extract up to 70% of the nutrition ready for your body to absorb, without the insoluble fiber your body absorbs 100% of these nutrients.
Take a look at the ingredients you use next time for example the Green Juice, and imagine eating that as a huge bowl of salad at every meal – you’d be chewing all day! Even in smoothie, it would be a lot of Smoothie to consume.
Hope that clarifies the whole concept a bit.
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