What is the difference between juicing and blending?
- Juicing with a juicer is the process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables, with the end result being a pure, smooth product, and usually little to no pulp.
- Juicing with a blender is the process of breaking up fruits or vegetables into a pulp and taking it as is without separating the juice from the final product.
Is juicing better than blending? Well, it all boils down to your preferences. In this guide we will cover the pro's and con's of each.
Juicing vs Blending Pros And Cons
- Easy to blend and clean up.
- Typically, blenders don’t cost as much as juicers.
- Slow absorption may reduce blood sugar spikes.
- Insoluble Fiber! You will feel fuller for longer with blended products or smoothies.
- Takes longer to consume than a thin juice because of the pulp.
- You may dislike pulp which will require straining via a mesh or cheesecloth. See juicing without a juicer.
- Your body may consume less nutrients per serving when compared to juicing.
- Some fruits and vegetables produce a great tasting juice, but the pulp can be bitter and ruin the overall blend.
- Nutrients are easily digested.
- Higher nutrient concentrations in the juice.
- Easier to hide fruits and vegetables within the juice.
- Clean-up time can be a nightmare since there are so many things to be cleaned, from the juicer parts to the knives and chopping board!
- There is direct absorption of concentrated fruit sugars into the bloodstream which can result in rapid blood sugar spikes.
- A lot of insoluble fiber is lost.
- Juices cannot be stored for long if oxidation of nutrients is to be avoided.
- High yield juicers may cost significantly more than a blender. See our Juicer Reviews to get an idea of best rated juicers.
Does Juicing Remove Fiber?
Fiber can almost be completely eliminated during the juicing process. You'll find the majority of it in the pulp. Some juicers have mesh strainers and separate collection bins to capture it.
Juicing produces a drink that can be easily absorbed into your body. This means that it tends to reach vital parts of your body faster. With easier access to a concentration of nutrients in your juice, blood sugar spikes tend to be more rapid.
As a result, you may experience mood swings, memory problems or energy loss. This may not be the case with blending since a lot of nutrients are still locked in the pulp including both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Do you prefer juicing or blending? Let us know in the comments below.