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?
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.
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.
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!