One of the easiest way to boost the nutrition meter of your everyday life is through juicing and blending. Its ease of implementation is one of the main reason for its popularity. All you need is a variety of vegetables and fruits, and you don’t have to worry about cooking or baking. Juicing and blending allows you to condense all the power of fresh fruits and vegetables in a glass.
That said, I am starting to get a lot of questions from you asking which one is better- Juicing or Blending.
Even though both provide nutritional benefits in a liquid form, each has its own advantages and drawbacks. In this article, we are going to explore the topic of both juicing and blending separately and in the end, I will tell you which one, according to me, is more better and efficient.
Juicing is a process of extracting the nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables. The extracted liquid is power packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, minus the dietary fiber, for your body to absorb easily. It also retains powerful compounds likes flavonoids and anthocyanins that are scientifically shown to reduce cellular damage. Juicing is an excellent way to add fruits and vegetables to your diet that you otherwise don’t enjoy eating.
Many proponents believe that juicing makes it easier for the body to absorb the nutrients because it doesn’t have to spend time breaking down the food. There is not enough research available to support this claim. But if you have a condition that inhibits your digestive system from processing fiber, then juicing is for you because it gets rid of all of the indigestible dietary fiber, making the nutrients readily available for absorption.
Also, because the juice is devoid of any fiber, they are absorbed really fast by the blood stream, causing the sugar level to spike. This instability of sugar level can cause lethargy, mood swings and other problems.
Blending, just as the name suggests, uses the whole fruit and vegetables to form a smoothie. Because you are using the entire fruit and vegetables, and because there is no pulp residue left behind, you do get all of the fiber along with the nutrients (enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients) in your smoothie.
Here is why fiber is very important to your health. First of all, fiber is similar to carbohydrates in that it is made up of long chains of glucose, but unlike carbs, because of the way its linked, the body cannot break it down for fuel. So the fiber, remains intact and passes though your system. In the process of doing so, though a chimney sweeping effect, it helps excrete the undigested food remains from the intestines. Also, because the food is absorbed at a slower pace, the sugar level of the blood stream does not spike up suddenly.
Fiber also keeps you regular, and makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time. This is excellent if you are looking to lose weight.
Even though the nutrients are not as readily available as with juicing, blending does break down the fiber making it easier for the body to digest the fruit and vegetable.
Which is better? Juicing Vs Blending
Both- juicing and blending- are a great way to take in the nutrients of a large amount of produce that might be harder to eat otherwise. But, I do prefer blending over juicing simply because of fiber. Since it takes longer to digest, with a smoothie you do not have to worry about snacking between meals because it will keep you full till your next meal. You can even add avocado, flax seed or chia seed for more protein and healthy fat. When it comes to juicing, the concentrated sugar from the fruits will give you that juice rush, or that instant boost in energy, but you will feel tired faster. Because blending does not cause sugar level spike, it keeps your energy level more consistent. So for me, blending is the way to go!
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