It's a common question: Which is better for you, fruit and vegetable juicing or is blending the better option to use?
-The truth is, either one is a really great way to get good, healthy fruits and vegetables into your body, and the vitamins and minerals that many of us simply wouldn't get without using one or both of these methods.
Even if you're eating less than 100% vegetarian, weight loss and physical healing as well as your overall good health are all a lot more likely with less meat in the picture.
-Fruit and vegetable juicing or blending are both steps in the right direction toward these important goals.
The fact is, there are many healthy fruits and vegetables that we all know are extremely good for us, and that we should eat, ...we just don't like eating them!
Especially those of the green variety; Collard greens, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale and on and on. I love broccoli and spinach, but collard greens, kale and brussel sprouts... yuch! - yeah, but they are packed with vitamins and other nutrients that are very beneficial for all.
-Even vegetable lovers have to admit to a few they would do without, IF they had to EAT them all, instead of blending or juicing them.
But, with the right recipe and a little practice, you can have them all in one delicious smoothie (or juice), once you get the hang of it.
So which is the better method?
There are definite pro's and con's to each, but who's to say you can't do both? The only thing stopping you is one of the few con's of vegetable juicing: The cost. -Quality juicers are much more costly than blenders.
If you're looking for a boost of vitamins and nutrients, to give the digestion and your body a break to repair, rest and restore itself than juicing is your best bet.
-Many people “juice fast” for this very reason, although the fiber found in a fruit or vegetable smoothie removes a multitude of impurities that occasional juicing won't touch.
For faster weight-loss: another reason juicing may be the better choice for some.
-Fruit and vegetable juicing tend to taste better than a smoothie using the same ingredients, and are easier to drink with much fewer calories.
But if you just want to get more vegetables and fruit into your daily diet, there's no beating a green smoothie for vitamins, nutrients and fiber.
A lot of what goes into your decision, is what your goals may be.
Smoothies will add bananas, coconuts, avocados, etc. to make them more palatable and smoother in texture. (but also higher in calories)
-Most juices are very low in calories because they lack the bulk of the fiber that is left behind, although that same fiber will keep you full longer than the juice, it may be hard to tell which is pro or con here ....the lines can become a bit blurred.
Clearly by juicing vegetables or fruits, you're removing the juice from the pulp. (the fiber) But that fiber aids the body by giving it a vehicle to remove toxins through our digestive system.
It also keeps hunger down, as it is digested slowly and keeps you feeling full. Therefore blending can help in the weight-loss department as well.
-Are you confused yet? The bottom line is to boost your health and maybe lose some weight, juicing and blending will both do a fantastic job.
Remember, fruit and vegetable juicing and/or blending should be done along with eating to get more of them into your daily diet.
If weight loss is the goal, juicing or blending can replace some meals for a time, but you'll still need to eat. Blending is better suited for this, long term.
-Check out this green smoothie experiment, from the greensmoothiesblog, it may be a bit extreme, but it does demonstrate the point very well.
To recap a few points:
● A quality juicer is more costly than a blender.
● Juicing gives you many more vitamins and nutrients/serving
● Most juices are lower in calories and so are better for faster weight loss.
● Generally taste better and are easier to drink.
● Little digestion needed, body absorbs nutrients much quicker.
● A lot more work, as many more foods are needed for juicing. (pulp is tossed)
● Ingredients are more expensive for the same reason. (need more)
● Juice must be consumed quickly as ingredients will oxidize. (no storing for later)
● Smoothie will consist of fewer fruits and veggies making it more like a meal that satisfies you faster, stays with you longer.
● Will give you everything a fruit or veggie has to offer; fiber for digestion, flavonoids for protection from skin and other cancers (from the citrus rinds) not to mention all the added vitamins in the rinds and fiber lost in juicing.
● Smoothies may give you fewer nutrients per drink because of fewer overall ingredients used.
● will generally cost less for the same reason: less ingredients used.
● easier to add a variety of nutrients and vitamins to a smoothie, just toss in ground flax-seed, split peas, beans, just about anything you can think of.
● Smoothies can be saved for 2 to 3 days, a lot longer when frozen.
*It's very important to mention if you are diabetic or have insulin issues, you should talk to your doctor before any radical changes in your eating/drinking habits, especially with the spikes in blood glucose levels that are possible when juicing. (no fiber to slow it down)
Although juicing may be better for fast weight loss (short term), the focus should be on vegetable juicing for ultimate weight loss. Veggies have less carbs, are higher in iron and and generally contain less sugars.
-Long term weight management may be better achieved with the addition of fiber from blending your fruits and vegetables when possible, to get the optimum daily servings that much easier, and then juicing at breakfast.
For more insightful information on fiber and vegetable juicing vs blending, take a look at this MindBodyGreen article, "To Juice or to Blend? That is the Question". If you're on the fence, it may help you make up your mind.
The healthiest and easiest method:
Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can, add a few foods from our healthiest foods list. Then replace as many meals as you feel comfortable with, by juicing and blending, -if reaching a healthy weight is the ultimate goal. -Shoot for 7-13 servings every day and you'll be well on your way!
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