Juicing vs Blending

Are you thinking about doing a cleanse to start off the new year, but don’t know where to begin?

There are many options available to us, each with its own benefits. Depending on your goals, it is best to consult a health care practitioner to choose the best type of cleanse.

The big detox debate is whether to juice or blend. So, which is better?

Both blending and juicing are excellent methods to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. If you’re falling short of the recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables, both are a great choice!

The quick reference table below will help you understand the difference between blending and juicing and which option will best suit your health goals.

 

BLENDING JUICING
Nutrients High in vitamins and minerals including nutrients in the skin of the plant Vitamins and minerals absorb easily into the body

Higher concentration of nutrients than smoothies

Fiber All plant fiber included Fiber extracted
Waste No waste Fiber (pulp) extracted
Digestion Requires more time to digest due to fiber

Fiber helpful for relief of constipation

Without fiber, nutrients are readily available and absorbed easily

Eases digestion

Detox Year round

Beneficial in fall/winter, can be grounding and warming

Can be a sufficient meal replacement

Can help nourish and restore at the cellular level

Beneficial in the warmer months due to juice’s cooling effect

Blood Sugar Fiber slows the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream Sugars absorbed more quickly

Use cautiously with blood sugar issues

Exercise Feel fuller longer

Macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) give you energy

Best for refueling after a workout

Re-mineralizing and hydrating after exercise

Lack of fiber and fat = less satiating

Time Faster than juicing

Supplements and healthy fats can be added easily

Prep and clean-up can be time consuming

Rachel MacKay Certified Holistic Nutritionist

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