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.
|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
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