The difference between juicing and blending to get smoothies is quite obvious. However, it turns out that many people are actually confused about the two.
First of all, it is important to know that not all juices are created equal and this one is the same with smoothies. There are distinct differences between the two, which every green juice or smoothie enthusiast should know:
What is a Smoothie?
To have a smoothie, you need a blender – and no other special equipment. With the right ingredients, you can actually make a light yet nutritious meal. You can choose from veggies and fruits and you can combine them, too if you wish. You can add your favorite source of protein, such as low-fat yogurt, protein powder, or soy milk.
What is Juicing?
On the other hand, juicing is when you extract the liquid of whole foods. You need a special machine to achieve this and it is called a juicer. It is possible to make juice with pulp using a blender, but you cannot make a smoothie with a juicer.
Blending vs Juicing
While both are truly nutritious, there are some advantages of smoothies over juicing and vice versa. First, smoothies have fiber, which has the following benefits:
- With fiber present, nutrients are released evenly throughout the system.
- Nutrients flow through the blood stream very slowly, which is quite helpful because it avoids increase in blood sugar levels.
- Consuming smoothies is very filling, so you don’t have to keep eating more just to feel satisfied.
Smoothies are also easier to make than juice. But this does not mean you should stick to smoothies only. Juice also has some benefits for you, including:
- Because there is no fiber in juice, your digestive system does not have to work very hard to break down what you have consumed.
- It is also easier and faster for the body to absorb the nutrients.
- Juicing is great for people who have sensitive digestive system as well as those who have a problem with processing fiber.
It is important to note that juicing can cause rapid blood sugar increases, which can lead to energy loss, mood swings, and memory problems. However, this only happens if you only consume juice, which is what most people on a diet do.
Which One Should You Pick?
While both have their own benefits and are almost equally nutritious, if you have an illness or you want to dramatically improve your health, juicing is the better option. Meanwhile, if you are looking for a way to refresh yourself in a healthy way and you’re not battling any disease, smoothies are great. Plus, they help you lose weight.
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