Is there a difference between blending and juicing? This question is often asked by many, mainly because as consumers, as much as we want things simplified, we also don’t want to lose the nutritional value on the foods we consume.
Modern day life has come with a lot of changes in that we’ve simplified almost everything, thanks to technology and innovation. Due to our lifestyles and the fast paced life of today people are always on the run.
The 9 to 5 jobs are so demanding and so is operating your own business, we chase deadlines, juggling work and family responsibilities, among other things. We hardly have time to prepare good nourishing foods to maintain our health. Back in the day women used to take care of this aspect of things.
Times have changed now women have careers to build, unless you have a financial muscle then you can hire a chef to take care of things in the kitchen, hahaa.
Blenders and juicers have become handy and seem to satisfy this need, partly. We can efficiently make juices and smoothies and use the produce while they are still fresh otherwise they’ll soon be thrown away as they get easily perishable since we don’t always find the time to cook them.
The “take aways” that we love so much, are doing us a disservice and many junk foods we consume. It’s wise to invest in something that yields good returns in the long term, in this case our health while blending or juicing.
Experts always suggest that we eat plenty of fruits and veggies as they are packed with a lot of good stuff such as phytochemicals, antioxidants and ascorbic acid aka vitamin c, among others.
All these compounds contribute meaningfully to good health and longevity if we optimise their intake.
That said, let’s unpack the difference between juicing and blending. Let’s do this thing!!
What is blending or juicing and what are their differences
Juicing is a technique used to process fruits by extracting the nutrients and leaving out the pulp and the skin of the fruit to produce juice.
The machine or appliance basically focuses on the flesh of the fruit and filters out the pulp. The fruit is first washed and the skin peeled off and cut in small pieces before being placed inside the juicer.
Blending on the other hand is also a method used to produce the end product including a smoothie and juice depending on the blender.
Both fruits and vegetables are blended together in their whole form, to produce a smoothie with the addition of other stuff like nuts, yogurt, protein powder, and the like.
Blending incorporates everything including the skin, flesh and pulp of the fruit. Depending on whether the blender is a high end product, some blenders like vitamix 6300 are said to can perform multiple tasks other than just producing smoothies.
The difference between juicing and blending can be observed on the end product. Juicing produce liquid like juice or beverage while blending produce a thick and pulpy product like smoothie.
The smoothie is thick and rich because of the fiber from the pulp and skin of the produce which forms part of the end product.
The disadvantage of blending and juicing is the result of including lots of fruits in your ingredients. Too much sugar as you may know spikes blood sugar levels especially table sugar like sucrose.
Fructose in fruits is a naturally occuring sugar, even so moderation is key. Try to put in less fruits and more veggies instead. Home juicing is a better choice in contrast to commercially produced juice as they contain too much sugar due to the flavouring agents like sweeteners and other stuff.
Always check out the nutritional label on each product before making any purchase. Be aware of what you eat and be nutrient wise.
The list of fruits and vegetables that can be used as ingredients for blending or juicing
There are many fruits and vegetables you can choose from and these are just some of them.
Why is drinking fruits and vegetables juice so important
Fruits and vegetables form part of a balanced healthy diet. It is suggested by experts that an increased dietary intake of these plant foods is good for health.
The consumption of five servings of fruits and vegetables or more per day is recommended. It helps to eat fruits in their whole and unprocessed form as they are more nutritious.
Juicing and blending have made our lives a lot easier since it’s not always easy to meet the recommended daily intake of nutrients.
Diversity is key, blending and juicing afford us the opportunity to diversify the ingredients of the product in just a single drink, consequently providing us with the nutrients needed by our bodies.
If for some reason you do not like the smoothie, juicing maybe a better option for you but its worth noting that juicing removes the fibrous part of a fruit which is beneficial for a gut health.
Fiber has many health benefits as outlined in the previous article. It promotes the bowel movement and normalises the passing of the waste product and/or stools
Health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables
Studies have found numerous health benefits associated with increased consumption of fruits and vegetables. Plant based foods contain phytochemicals content.
Phytochemicals are thought to have anti-inflamatory, anti-carsinogenic, anti–microbial and antioxidant properties which are beneficial to sustaining health
Fruits contain organic acids including:
- Citric acid
- Malic acid
- Ascorbic acid
Study reveals that organic acids present in the fruit are essential for alkalising the human body and influence the course of metabolic process.
An optimised consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with the reduced risk of the following diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- High no pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
Blending and juicing have gained popularity in recent years. Blenders and juicers have become handy since we can now produce home made beverage or smoothies in a single drink from a variety of fruits and veggies.
It helps to observe how many fruits we put in the concoction to avoid consuming too much sugar as it can counteract our efforts of healthy eating.
Bear in mind that both blending and juicing do not replace diet but form part of a healthy diet. This way we can get as much nutrients from our home made product as opposed to the commercially produced product. Make sure your produce is fresh so that you may get the most out of it.
I hope that you found this article interesting. If it was helpful kindly leave a comment or opinion perhaps your experience with juicing or blending at the comment section below.
Happy 2020 I hope you entered the new year with a bang and you are full of optimism!!!