• Arwa Siraj

Blending vs Juicing: Which is better for you?

Updated: Apr 1, 2020



When we talk about having a healthy drink and detoxing, we take for granted how they were made (if we haven’t made them ourselves)


Let’s first talk about the what I mean by both


Juicing

It is the process of extracting liquid from fruit and vegetables. The liquid essentially contains all the nutrients and enzymes without all the fiber (pulp), which makes it easy for the digestive system to absorb it.





Blending

The process of blending the fruit and vegetable as a who and keeping all the pulps and fibers to be consumed, which helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the bloodstream and avoids blood sugar spikes.




Pros and Cons

Juicing:

  • Lighter in form and consistency

  • helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber.

  • Be cautious though: When juicing fruits, you remove the fiber from it and the liquid juice is absorbed into your bloodstream quickly which would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. This spike can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more.

Blending:

  • Having smoothies is more filling due to the intake fiber and slow

  • Blending helps break fiber apart which creates a slow, even release of nutrients into the bloodstream and avoids blood sugar spikes



Let me tell you why I am team “Blending”:


  • Blending is fiber loaded, and fiber is incredibly important for proper digestion and good health.

  • With pulp comes antioxidant compounds that have high potential anti-cancer properties

  • Unfortunately, sugar is a major drawback for both formats, but the effects are more rapid and dramatic with juice.

According to Healthline "Some experts believe you could minimize the rise in blood sugar from liquid calories by adding sources of fiber, protein, or fat, such as avocado, chia seeds, protein powders, or unsweetened Greek yogurt. But others disagree."

Weather your team “juicing” or team “blending” its worth noting that you should be drinking whatever you made straight away. After 15 minutes, light and air will destroy much of the nutrients.


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