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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.

  • Bananas
  • Orange
  • Grapes
  • Apple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pear
  • Naartjie
  • Avocados
  • Lettuce
  • Beetroot
  • Cucumber
  • Pomegranate
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Lemon

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, antimicrobial 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
  • Stroke
  • High no pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes

Take away

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.

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov//pmc/article/PMC5372571/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gove/m/pubmed/14625683/l/=&from=%2F14525683%2Frelated

http://ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/strokeaha.114.004836

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC410373/#!po=63.3929

 

 

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!!!

Maggie

32 Replies to “Blending Versus Juicing – The Choice Is Yours”

  1. Hello Maggie! Thanks for this post regarding the differences between blending and juicing. I have always preferred blending as it takes less prep-work and because you get the benefits of all the natural fiber. I don’t like the juicing wastes this and gives a slightly less healthy effect. Which do you prefer?

    1. Hi Ashley
      I also prefer blending. As I’ve outlined the benefits of blending that it doenst separate the pulp and skin thus blending everything together including the fiber which comes with numerous benefits. Like you say it saves the time for preparation as opposed to juicing. Thanks for reading the article.

  2. Hi Maggie! Great article showing the main difference between blending and juicing. I have to say I love both and seem to switch back and forth between the two. My kids definitely prefer the blending over a juice, and that’s when I will join in on smoothies. However nothing beats a cold fresh celery, apple lemon freshly juiced.

    1. Hi Cherise
      Yes an apple juice with celery and the sour taste of lemon make a nice mixture. Taste even better when it’s cold. Thanks for reading the article and sharing your experience.

  3. I can certainly see the benefit of juicing or blending. I always aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, and mostly reach my target. However, blending can be a great top up if you’re short on time. I was interested to see that even lettuce is included in some of the fruits and veg listed.

    1. Hi Kathy
      Good for you. You are among the few by aiming for a five serving of fruits and veggies per day.keep it up. I’m also trying to make it my daily routine. Thank you for your time and sharing your experience.

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  5. Hi Maggie,
    Thank you for sharing this post. I personally prefer Blending but I think there are some fruits which are ideal for a juicer such as an orange. What do you suggest as the best way to also utilize the pulp?

    1. Hi Venya

      Thanks for reading the post.
      Blender is one appliance that can allow you to blend the fruit in it’s whole form including the pulp and skin as opposed to juicer

  6. Hi Maggie, You are doing a brilliant job of educating me. Thank you. We do our best here to prepare and eat all the right foods but we don’t spend time blending and juicing very often and now I see the benefits of both so some changes are necessary. It’s far too easy to grab something off a supermarket shelf but when I look at the ingredients list it puts me off when really there’s no need when we can create wonderful things ourselves.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Happy New year to you too Steve.
      Most of us find it hard to provide our bodies on a daily basis with the nutrients they need,especially from fresh fruits and veggies. I find blending or juicing efficiently playing that role of simplifying things for modern people like ourselves. Thank you for taking the time to read up and finding value in this article.

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  8. Thanks for such an informative article. I didn’t under the difference between and juicing until now. Ive always been a blender type of guy as juicing seemed more complicated and left more of a mess to clean up afterwards.

    I didn’t know juicing removed the pulp and the fibrous parts of fruits. I’m glad that I chose the blending route. Are there any delicious smoothie recipes that you recommend?

    1. Hi Sergio

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the post and finding it helpful. As for recipes It will be a topic for one of my future articles. I just need to explore different ways of doing things with the blender and formulate a content around that. More like my own recipes, so to speak.

  9. Hi Maggie, I thought this was quite an informative article and you are right nowadays so many people find it easier to buy takeout rather then prepare something healthy quickly. I have tried both juicing and blending and I prefer blended smoothies because sometimes I find that it is more filling, whereas with juicing the end result is just a juice and there’s not much fiber. Also I find with blending it’s easy to put all the ingredients together and just have your smoothie.

    1. Hi Michelle

      I agree blending is less messy than juicing plus you blend everything together including fiber which is filling and satiating.
      Thanks for reading the post and finding it useful.

  10. to be honest i never knew the difference between blending and juicing, so thank you so much for this huge information, i can tell you have put a lot of work into it, thank you again and keep up the good work

  11. I made a fruit smoothie last night and it was delicious. However, I agree with you about the importance of using fruit and vegetables because of the sugar levels in fruit. I have some avocados, spinach, apples, and lime in the fridge. Do you have a recipe that uses any of these ingredients?

    1. Hi Catherine

      I don’t have recipes at the moment that I can share. I’m just experimenting with different things untill I find something that I can share, I’ll probably create a post around that in future. Just try experimenting with what you have and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover. Thanks for sharing your experince about blending.

  12. Thank you for explaining the difference between blending and juicing. I’ve been on keto for a while now, so my fruit intake is limited, but as someone passionate about skin care I understand the need for fruits and veggies for youthful, healthy skin. This is leading me to incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet, so your article has been very helpful. I think blending is what I’d try first because it looks more filling. If I’m going to add carbs they need to make my stomach happy.

    1. Hi Karen

      You are right blending is more filling compared to juicing. Unlike juicing it provides you with fiber your body needs for other healthful reasons. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Happy blending.

  13. I believe blending gives you the most nutrients. I like bananas in the mix and have read that bananas only have 7% sugar by there weight so I usually put a little more fruit into the mix vs vegetables.
    Do you have advice on what % to blend, vegetables vs fruit?

    1. Thank you Bob for your input. The guidlines for sugar recommended daily intake is 24 mg per day. Just like you did with bananas check out the sugar content for each fruit you’ll use as an ingredient for blending. Bear in mind that some vegetables contain sugar as well such as carrots and sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that you also consume sugar from other meals as well. Just keep that into consideration. I hope this answers your question.

  14. Thanks for the informative post. I used to juice a lot when I had more time. I would use almost a whole head of lettuce and other things at least once a day. Having read your post, I want to get back into that healthy habit again.
    I appreciate how you explained the difference between juicing and blending and also how we need to be careful with the amount of sugar we may be juicing.

    Thanks again.

  15. Hey Maggie,

    First, I want to thank you for this vital topic. Find different ways for a healthy life is essential. Juicing can be a small thing in our life. However, it is with great value and benefits for our bodies. I also find it essential to gain the best value and quality from fruits for great benefits such as anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, and antioxidant you mentioned above.

    My physician always advises me to eat fruits and to take the benefits from them; I love that I can eat Bananas and strawberries and make a juice from them with excellent advantages as eating them. They are my favorite, after all. But I have a question. What is the best method to get the juice, is there a machine for such a thing or are you preferring the manual juicing?

    1. Hey Dr Mohammad

      Thanks for reading the post and for your input. Yes, you can make a juice from a juicer even a blender which is mostly used for making smoothies. These are the machines or appliances which are commonly used to produce homemade juices and smoothies so that you can enjoy your strawberries and bananas in a fluid form and still gain the nutrients in them

    1. Hey Catherine

      It will depend on what you want to achieve with liquid diet. The questions that we need to ask, is liquid diet sustainable over long term? Does it provide you with all the nutrients your body need? Is it satiating? Like for instance, juice may be rich with minerals and vitamins but it lacks fiber which is beneficial to health. Fiber makes a person full for longer, it gives your stool volume or bulks it up, among other roles. Unless a person has some medical condition which makes it hard for them to eat solid foods. Then liquid diet will be an option but under the supervision of their doctor.

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