To Juice or To Blend?

There is a common mistaken belief on blending and juicing. Most people think they are similar- crushing vegetables or fruits into a glass of juice as conveniently as possible. However, they are not. They are completely different versions of crushers with quite different uses and procedures. The end results vary even they both turn vegetables and fruits into a nutritious drink.

A juicer processes the fruits or vegetables fibre and separates them leaving only the juice. The fibre pulp remnants are discarded. It means a juicer compresses more fruit and vegetables into a glass of juice which is easily digestible.

On the other hand, a blender takes all the fruits or veggies along with fibre and processes them into a thicker liquid usually know as a smoothie. Your body will take longer to digest it which means all the nutrients will be released but slower and leaves you fuller. Some think that juicing is only lavishing while others may argue it’s not.

To be honest, both processing methods have benefits as well as drawbacks.

The Benefits of Blenders

  1. A blender leaves no bits and pieces after the process is done. It processes everything that goes in it and leaves no fibrous pulp for the waste. If you are like it clean, a blender might be your best option.
  2. Veggies and fruit fibers are sturdy substance and blending them into a drink means a thick fluid. Naturally, your body takes longer to digest it and energy is released slower leaving you fuller for a longer period of time.
  3. Fiber is distinctively known for its digestive benefits. It reaches your digestive system and brushes away toxins keeping it clean encouraging customary elimination.

Types of Blender

Single serving blender
It has worked its way to become a very popular blender in the recent years. Nutribullet blender is arguably the best blender for single serving purpose. There are a variety of similar designed blenders out there but it stands best among them. There is a lid cup which can be detached and is the most notable features unlike other blenders. The ingredients can be directly added into the flask that is attached to the blender’s blades. You can detach the blades once it readies your drink. Most nutribullet blenders have minimum two cups and are faster, efficient as well as incredibly convenient to use. They are on-the-go blenders and popular among singles and couples who have a busy living.

Jug Blender
For usual kitchen use, a well-built jug blender is appropriate and processes great smoothies. Cheaper blenders may not blend sturdy veggies, or thoroughly even out seeds or nuts. However, a typical jug blender can be great for making smoothies with soft fruits, veggies, honey, yoghurt, nut butters and other supple ingredients. It is large enough to hold many ingredients at a time so it’s great for making smoothies in bulk. It can be a perfect fit for large families.

The Benefits of Juicer

  1. A juicer extracts the liquid from the fruits or vegetables separating all the indigestible fibre pulps. The juice is packed with rich vitamins and minerals and your body easily absorbs them making the metabolism faster.
  2. A juicer processes less volume of liquid with same amount of goodness into a glass with same size.
  3. Once the fibre is removed, the juice is lighter and your digestive system doesn’t have to deal with complex processing for the same amount of essential nutrients.


Types of Juicer

Cold press or masticating juicer
This type of juicer presses and crushes the ingredients to prepare the juice. They take longer time to extract juices and are called slow juicers but are extremely efficient in terms of juice extraction and preservation of important nutrients. They are larger in size and don’t come cheap so it fits for keen juicers who look out for best health benefits.

Centrifugal juicer
This type of juicer uses metal blades to press the ingredients against a strainer to extract the juice. The juice is drained into a container which is purposely built to separate the pulp for disposal. The Centrifugal juicer is cheaper than slow juicers and popular in the market. It can be a perfect bargain. A centrifugal juicer gets the job well done but some of the nutrients get destroyed by the spinning blades. Argument on Juice vs blender has become a classy subject matter. If it were me, I’d go with both and reap all the benefits but that being said some may choose one over another for various reasons such as healthy digestion concerns or a limited budget. The choice is yours.

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