Juicing vs Blending
Which do you prefer…juicing or blending…juice or smoothie? Does one offer more health benefits than the other? Both are very beneficial but in different ways.
Juicing extracts water and nutrients from fruits and vegetables then discards the indigestible fiber. Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. Juice makes nutrients more readily available to your body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. If you have a finicky digestive system or an illness that prohibits your body from processing fiber..juice is the way to go. The fiber in produce helps slow down digestion and provides a steady release of nutrients. Freshly squeezed vegetable juice is one of the most healing because they are nutrient rich and nourish and restore your body.When you remove fiber from produce..juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits this will cause a rapid spike in blood sugar. Fiber is also more filling and without fiber you may get hungry again quickly.
Blending uses the entire fruit or vegetable including the fiber. The blending process breaks down the fiber, which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest. It also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies also tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice. Making a smoothie also allows you to add in protein like yogurt, protein powder or Chia seeds, which is not possible when juicing.
Juicing requires a juicer…Smoothies can be made in a blender. Whichever you prefer…both are healthy & delicious!!!
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