Juicing vs. Blending

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I am an ardent proponent of juicing and blending and I believe they both play a huge role in a healthy diet. The question is: What’s the difference? If you have never juiced or made smoothies in a blender, this might be a foreign subject to you. So here is some information that will give you some insight on both.

“Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber,” as stated on the Food Matters website. This is the best way to consume juice, because you will get immediate benefits from the fruit and vegetables you are juicing. Since the juice is devoid of fiber, all those vitamins and minerals are carried straight into the bloodstream. Most people have trouble fitting enough fruits and vegetables into their diet and this is a good way to get the nutrition you need. Be aware that when you juice, using too many fruits can cause you to ingest too much sugar. Although it is natural sugar, it can still have an adverse effect on your blood sugar levels. When juicing, you should stick to veggies and if you need a little sweet in your juices, add one piece of fruit. I juice daily and I rarely add a fruit to my juices. If I feel like a little more sweet, I add a carrot or maybe an apple. You may feel hungry quicker with juicing, since the fiber is extracted. I can say from experience, that juicing has changed my life. I have more energy and feel healthier in general. It may be hard for some people to juice for the first time, because the juices can be very strong, depending on what vegetable you are using. But the more you do it, the better it gets, and the better you feel.

“Unlike juices, smoothies consist of the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all, and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables,” as stated on the Food Matters website. Since you are blending the whole fruit and vegetable, it will take longer for your body to digest, since the fiber is intact. This way, you feel fuller longer. You are still getting all the vitamins and minerals from the produce, but at a slower rate. It’s best to drink your juices and smoothies right after they are made, because when they are exposed to the air, they will begin to lose nutrients.

Overall it is important to incorporate both juicing and blending to your daily routine. There are so many amazing recipes out there and information on which fruits and veggies to combine. Your body functions properly because of the healthy vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables. If you aren’t getting the nutrients you need daily, your body will tell you through headaches, fatigue, and illness. Juicing and blending can help ensure you get proper nutrition throughout the day. Invest in your health today and start juicing and blending!

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