Juicing vs. Blending: What’s the Difference?

I’ve been juicing for a number of years and really enjoy it. The process of juicing as well as the health benefits are wonderful. I enjoy growing and picking my own vegetables for juicing. I feel healthier because of juicing and not only that, it tastes great! Juicing vs. Blending: What’s the difference?

Juicing vs. Blending

The last month or so I have been blending and more recently I started using a new machine, the NutriBullet. This is not juicing, it is blending. There is a difference. Juicing extracts the pulp and blending pulverizes it. I like the results of using the Nutribullet. It’s easy to use, easy to clean up, delicious and healthy. So what are the differences between juicing and blending? Which is better?

juicing vs. blending

To the left is the Magic Bullet Nutribullet Pro 900. It’s more powerful than the old original NutriBullet. It has a 900 watt motor and 2 extractor blades so extracting your food is now even easier. The NutriBullet Pro opens seeds, cracks through stems, shreds tough skins and accesses hidden nutrients in food. It breaks down food to its most digestible state. It claims to drastically improve your health and energy levels.

Juicing

When juicing, the juicer extracts the juice, leaving behind pulp. You get mostly juice and it can take a whole lot of produce to make 32 ounces of juice. On the plus side, you’re getting a lot of nutrients in the juice. When I juice a simple recipe I may be juicing two handfuls of spinach, a big handful of kale, a cucumber, a beet, a few carrots, a little ginger and a whole apple. That juice packs a lot of nutrients and it’s really good for the body. You can pack more servings of fruits and veggies into a single serving of juice than you can into a smoothie. Juicing extracts the nutrients from the produce, breaks it down and makes it easier for the body to digest. It’s great for cleansing!

Juicing vs. Blending: On the downside juicing costs a little more because we have to use so much food and the pulp (fiber) is usually going to waste. (It goes to my garden, so it’s really not wasted.) It takes a little longer than blending too.

Blending/Extracting

When blending, the blender or in my case the NutriBullet, pulverizes the produce to make it into a smoothie. (NutriBullet claims it is an extractor, so not necessarily a blender. See below.) We’re getting the pulp as well as the juice. It is breaking down the food making it is easier for our bodies to digest. I don’t get the quantity of nutrients as with juicing, but I get the fiber and that is a good thing, especially when blending fruits. Fruits contain sugar and if you juice only fruits it can raise your blood sugar level. That’s not a good thing.

Juicing vs. Blending: If we’re just talking about fruit, blending fruit is better in my opinion because the fiber is still there and the sugar doesn’t enter the bloodstream so quickly as with juicing. Fiber is filling and we stay full longer too.

Here’s a paragraph from the NutriBullet website: “Nutrient Extraction is the mechanism the NutriBullet uses to break down fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant foods down to their most absorbable state. Unlike juicers and blenders, NutriBullet nutrient extractors break down the cell walls of fibrous plant foods, releasing important vitamins and minerals contained within. At the same time, they reduce beneficial fiber, pulp, seeds, and skins into a smooth-as-silk texture, delivering food to your body in an easily digestible, easily absorbable form. More than juicing, more than blending, and more than chewing, nutrient extraction allows you to receive the highest degree of nutrition your food has to offer.”

Read more at https://www.nutribullet.com/

Juicing vs. Blending Which is Better?

In all honesty, I don’t know. It’s up to the individual. Both are great and I don’t think one is better than the other. However, if you want to cleanse your body, juicing is the way to go.

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.

I am determined to continue to do both. The next few months I’m going to concentrate on blending and making smoothies. I’ll post some great recipes and review some books and my NutriBullet. This is a way for me to keep my website fresh and get new information out to my readers.

Thanks again for visiting, happy juicing and stay smooth!

Resources:

Juicing vs. Blending: Everything You Need to Know

Juicing vs. Blending: Which One Is Better?

NutriBullet: Nutrient Extraction and Why it is Better

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Rich Donahue

I am a natural health enthusiast and hold a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Health from the Sandy Hill Institute for Natural Sciences. My website PRIME Juicers is dedicated to people who enjoy juicing and want to improve their health and lose weight by juicing fresh fruits and vegetables. I also write about blending, nutrition and natural health. Please join me and have fun juicing! (I may be an affiliate for products that I recommend. If you purchase those items from my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link.)

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  1. smallneed
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    Hello Rich Donahue!!!
    After reading several reviews about this book, one of which said that weird or unusual ingredients are called for I almost didn’t purchase this book. I did see a copy in a store and took a brief look at it. Most of the recipes do not require special items. What blew me away about this book was the benefits given of specific fruits and vegetables. Not only does this book have juicing recipes but recipes for using your blender and for making teas. All of the recipes provide health benefits. This book is very handy for making healthy choices.

  2. Rich, Most Of The Time I prefer Juicing more than Bleeding. Frankly Speaking, this Blog is just awesome. I really appreciate your Dedication.!

  3. Viplav Patil
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    Amazing post!!
    I’ll juicing is better than blending. I love it this way only.
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  4. I like juicing more than blending, but I almost always reuse the pulp left behind. I use it spaghetti sauce or something similar. Thanks for another great post.
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  5. Abby
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    It would be best if you go for both. But Frankly Speaking, Most Of The Time I like Juicing from Bleeding.

    Donahue, Your Blog is just awesome. Here is My Two Tips for Juicing Community. Thank for your Dedication.

    TIP 1….. Pick a veggie that is dark green to use for the foundation of your juice, if you are creating juice to optimize health benefits. At least half of your juice should consist of broccoli, spinach, chard or other healthy vegetables.

    TIP 2 …. Colors can be your guide to good nutrition. Every color provides different nutrients; if you can learn which colors are associated with which nutrients, you’ll be able to choose the right fruits and vegetables for your needs.

    Happy Juicing.
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  6. AC Repair
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    Would be a great idea to try both, see how you feel about one vs the other give it a month trial. The nutri bullet is a great product. At home we have been coming up with our own recipes.

  7. Dr. Felix
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    Hey Rich. To be honest, I’ve always enjoyed both. If I had to choose, my juicer for sure. However, it all started with the blender. For me, it’s all about health benefits. I’d rather juice or blend than to have anything to do with the products sold today.

  8. Mike
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    Juicing or blending, I think it is great to try both. Whatever one you choose it is a great healthy alternative to many of the products that are sold today.
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  9. Kimberly Gayeta
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    Accurate! I am also huge fan of juicing especially when I started cutting off alcohol and started drinking healthy. However, like you, I am also trying to learn more blending recipes for this year. Thank you for sharing!

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