Are you going crazy? You want to do the best thing for you body by juicing and blending, but what's best?
Every story you read, every blog you come across, there’s conflicting information on juicing versus blending. It’s not your fault, but you keep wondering who’s right and what’s best for you.
Forget how they feel.
You want it to be about me, me, me and rightfully so.
From the drool induced juice to the creamy texture of blending, you want to know what the best options are for you.
You have Sally Sue telling you that juice is amazing because she lost 15 lbs on a juice diet. All the while Billy Bob is telling you his arthritis disappeared after blending.
After you listen to their stories, 1,000 blogs are telling you one is better over the other.
You nearly want to pull your hair out (if you have hair, sorry guys).
So what’s in it for you? Blending or juicing?
Let’s dig deeper into both and get you the answer you deserve.
The benefits of juicing
What exactly is juicing?
When you juice your extracting the water and a large portion of the nutrients from the fruit or vegetable.
When you use a machine the most common term used is “juicing.”
When you juice you're getting a drink packed with nutrients lacking in most modern day diets.
Adding juice into your diet you’ll benefit from:
- Better absorption of all the nutrients. Most of us have terrible digestions, thanks to our less than optimal eating habits. Poor digestions limits your ability to absorb nutrients from your fruits and vegetables. Juicing will help you pre-digest them and limits the fiber so most of the nutrients are absorbed, not shamelessly swimming in the toilet.
- Juicing allows you to consume a large amount of fruits and vegetables. If you weigh 150 lbs you should consume 3 pounds of vegetables a day. Yikes! You can best accomplish these by juicing.
- Variety is key. When you juice you have the ability to use a variety of fruits and vegetables, even the ones you don’t enjoy eating raw. Throw it in a juicer and enjoy the benefits.
It’s mainly about preference when it comes to these machines but each has their own extraction methods.
I like using a high speed juicer and use the Breville 800JEXL to do this.
The biggest downfall of juicing is the bloody mess (imagine me saying this with an English accent).
It comes in at least 5 pieces, with a small toothbrush-looking-cleaning doodad.
If time is not on your side and you like a clean kitchen before you leave, it’s best to just blend.
The benefits of blending
I’m sure you know what blending or the fancy word “extracting” is. But if you live under a rock its when you throw vegetables, fruit and anything else you want into a device that mixes, chops, and blends the ingredients into a drinkable end result.
When you blend vegetables and fruit everything you added is what you’ll drink. Nothing gets discarded.
And that’s one of the benefits of blending:
- You keep the fiber. Unlike juicing, when you blend you consume the skin of the vegetables and fruit. This is where most of the fiber is, so if you have trouble with bowel movements I highly recommend blending. It’ll help “flush” you out.
- Easier to consume large quantities of vegetables and fruit. Just like juicing, when you blend you can consume more vegetables and fruit than you could by eating them raw. It ‘s a handy way to pre-digest.
- Produces less waste. When you blend you consume the entire fruit and vegetable. Less goes to waste and the better you feel not having to discard all the pulp.
- Blending doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much as juicing. Fiber is an excellent way to lower the glycemic index of food and when you blend all of the fiber is kept.
When you blend you can use just about any blender your heart desires. Some are a complete pain while others help create a creamier consistency.
Juicing versus blending, which method is best?
Did I just say neither?
I sure did.
When you're deciding to upgrade your mind and body both juicing and blending are great resources to take advantage of.
While juicing provides more nutrient power, it increases blood sugar and is a pain to clean.
On the other side, blending gives you a steady amount of fiber but the fiber flushes nutrients through your bowels where they end up in your toilet.
Here is a simple tip I use to deciding which one I want to use:
Don’t be afraid to use both because they both have their own unique benefits.
Forget the people who are telling you one is better than the other.
Do you want to start blending or juicing? Do you need a simple recipe to kick it off for you? What results are you looking for by blending and juicing? Comment below.