I get this question, often, and today again. So, lets clear this up.
The simple answer is ~
Juicing yields a drink that has no fiber. Juice is the water and nutrients that have been extracted and separated from fruit and vegetable matter, offering the highest content of nutrients.
Blending yields a drink with fiber. Blending breaks down the entirety of the food and combines it. Smoothies, soups and blended salads are created by blending, and may include other ingredients beyond fruits and vegetables.
Both are excellent options to get great nutrition. Let’s look at the difference and benefits more deeply~
Juicing quickly delivers a load of nutrients swiftly and easily into the cells of our bodies, with the least amount of effort and energy expended in digestion. It makes more nutrients readily available , in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the veggies and fruits whole, or even blend them. So this becomes very valuable to those who have challenges with digestion, or have specific illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber, or are simply trying to get the benefits of a nutrient infusion, as I am apt to call it.
Next to know is the effort level in making juice, cleaning the juicer, and the dollars you’ll be spending on produce. While juicing is the powerhouse in terms of delivering readily available nutrients, it will cost more at the checkout, because you will be needing more fruits and vegetables because you will only be consuming the juice and not the fiber. Juicing also requires more time to make and clean the equipment.
Juicing can be a very powerful and effective aid in detoxing. It gives the body a rest from processing fiber, and less than healthy foods, while delivering boat loads of absorbable nutrients. Plus, you’ll get the benefits of phytochemicals, antioxidants, hydration and more. This can facilitate cleaning up the body and fortifying it, even regenerating it at the same time. Incorporating even one fresh made juice a day into your diet can do wonders. A more focused practice, or a juice fast, can be therapeutic, a nutrifying and cleansing express! Done properly, these practices can be remarkable at helping to relieve chronic symptoms and illness, as well as foster weight loss and begin to develop new healthy eating habits with relative ease.
*Wise Word ~ When you remove the fiber from fruits and veggies, the natural sugars are absorbed by your body and bloodstream more quickly, so you’d be smart to watch intake of high amounts of only fruit, as this can spike blood sugar levels. Don’t worry about enjoying your glass of fresh o.j. folks. Just be aware, particularly those of you who have “diabetes”, etc.
Blending uses whole fruits and vegetables, and therefore gives the benefits of fiber. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your diet, and incorporate for weight loss plans and target health issues. Blending has the power to provide you with the most delicious and powerfully nutritive “fast food” ever! A healthy meal with fresh, life giving ingredients can be in your hands in literally just a few minutes. Clean up is lightening quick too, having you spending less time and energy than you would in preparing just about any meal. It can be a daily habit that’s easy to stick to, especially if you have the most effective equipment.
If budget is a concern, you should know that blending will require less produce, so you’ll see savings at the cash register.
You’ll also be able to enjoy a wide variety of food combinations including green smoothies, savory soups, salad dressings, non-dairy milks and more. A wide spectrum of health benefits and “yummyness” awaits you. You should know that green smoothies are kid-friendly too!
This is the number one recommendation I make to people just starting out, who want to amp up their health and heal, or simply provide their family with good nutrition. Fast, super simple and results oriented.
Personally, I’m a juice freak, and aim at daily consumption, because I like the ease of digestion and quickly absorbed nutrients that feed my cells and energize me. However, I enjoy blended creations near daily as well, when I’m short on time, or just want a wider variety or specific concoctions.
Doing both, provides so much pleasure and purposeful care for the body, mind and spirit. I encourage you to consider adding either one, or both, to your life! I am confident in the power they hold to help you transform your health and well being.
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