Which is Better – Juicing or Blending?
Today we are constantly consuming toxic chemicals, additives, preservatives, and carcinogens in our food. Paying attention to what you’re eating and drinking is so important to your present and future health.
One delicious and easy way to keep yourself healthy is by making smoothies and juices from organic fruits and vegetables.
But which is better – juicing or blending?
(Read to the bottom to see a video and infographic!)
First, let’s look at the difference between juicing and blending.
Juicing is the process of extracting the liquid from fruits and vegetables. Juicing also removes the insoluble fiber from the fruits and vegetables as well as some of the protein.
This eases digestion so your body can very easily and quickly absorb the nutrients in your food. 
Keep in mind that juices can’t replace a meal whereas smoothies can (as long as there are no health problems such as cancer, extreme fatigue, unexplained weight loss, anorexia, etc.)
Blending fruits and/or vegetables into a smoothie doesn’t remove any of the fiber or protein because the ingredients are pulverized in one container.
Because the insoluble fiber stays in the drink, digestion is slowed which keeps you feeling full longer.
However, some of the nutrients aren’t absorbed because they stick to the fiber causing some of the nutrients to be carried out of the body.
So which is better – Juicing or Blending?
That depends on what you’re trying to achieve and if you have any health problems.
People who would benefit more from juicing:
Someone who isn’t getting enough nutrients from their food
People with digestive issues
People who find it hard to consume enough vegetables each day
People who would benefit more from blending:
Someone who is trying to lose weight
People who prefer more fruits than vegetables in their drink
Someone in a rush (making a smoothie generally takes less time than juicing because of clean up time)
You may be wondering why I have ‘cancer patients’ listed in both sections. This is because there are many things that can contribute to making either juicing or blending better. For example, the type of cancer, the stage of cancer, current weight, etc.
For someone with cancer who is having a hard time eating enough vegetables, juices are the better option as all the nutrients extracted from the fruits and vegetables are absorbed easily and quickly. Also, more vegetables are needed for juicing, so by juicing instead of blending, the cancer patient would be getting extra nutrients.
However, if a cancer patient is losing a lot of weight, smoothies (which should never replace a meal for someone who is losing weight!) give more fiber and protein. But, in a case like that, consuming both juices and smoothies would be the best idea.
Here are some juicers I recommend:
Below are a few blenders that are great options:
Here is a video from Joe Cross (RebootwithJoe.com) showing the difference between juicing and blending.
And remember, each person is different. So what is best for one person, may not necessarily be best for another. And because of that, I recommend you meet with a nutritionist to discuss what would benefit you most and what types of food to add when you’re juicing or blending.
To take a look at some healthy juicing recipes I recommend, click here.
And to see some smoothie recipes I like, read: 5 Healthy Smoothies for Someone with Cancer or 15 Healthy Smoothies Based on What You Have in Your Kitchen