Epic Battle: Juicing vs Blending
This is a topic that is endlessly discussed in forums.
One of the biggest debates you will find in healthy eating forums is juicing against blending. Proponents of juicing emphasize that straining is the fastest way to nourish your body with nutrients. Blending fans claim that blending produces important fibers that are removed during the juicing process. Which is better?
The truth is that juicing and blending is a great way to bring in nutrients from fruits and vegetables. Let’s take a look at what each one entails, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Juicing is the process of separating non-digestible fiber juice from fruits and vegetables. The pulp fibers are discarded. Juicers come in many forms, but they can basically be divided into masticating and centrifugal juicers.
Also called masticating or cold squeeze juicers. These juicers use one or two gears/augers that are positioned horizontally or vertically and they crush the raw materials into small pieces and then push them through a sieve. The main advantage of masticating juicers is the quality of the juice, high yield, easier cleaning and the ability to squeeze the greens. The biggest drawback is the higher cost of these machines and the longer time it takes to get the juice.
They are also called centrifugal juicers. They are classic juicers that have been on offer for many years. These machines use high speeds where the knife cuts the raw material and then pushes the juice through the perforated sieves. The main advantage of centrifugal juicers is their lower cost and rapid squeezing. On the other hand, they tend to make foam juices with lower yields and poorer nutritional value of the juice, which is inevitable at high rpm with increased heating. Finally, they can be demanding for cleaning.
Unlike juicing, blending uses whole fruits or vegetables. Typically, blenders are used to make a smoothie, which ideally contains 3: 1 vegetable to fruit and enough liquid to produce a smoothie.
You can spend from under 50 to over 500 $ to buy a blender. Those in the higher price range have a more powerful engine and stiffer construction with better performance. More power does not necessarily mean better performance because the design of the pan and the type of knives have a big impact on the blending quality. Also, some blenders have a suppressor that can be used in operation to achieve a better effect.
How To Compare Juicers and Blenders?
Here is a list of the major advantages and disadvantages of both techniques. Generally speaking, the biggest criticism of juicing is that there is a lack of fiber in the juice even though the juice still contains digestible fibers that can help with digestion. Digestive fibers are things like fruit jellies and pectins. Critics also point out that juices contain a lot of sugar even though it depends on the recipe – adding vegetables can reduce it.
The most common criticism of blending is that smoothie can be harder to consume because it has a thick and “full” taste due to its many fibers. For some, this is an advantage, especially if they want to reduce their weight. The following criticism concerns high RPM in blenders (2000+ RPM) which causes warming and oxidation which destroys a lot of nutrients. A new blending technology – vacuum blending – is in development and promises to dramatically reduce oxidation.
Juicing Pros and Cons
- Juices are more nutritious
- Juices provide fast energy and nutrient intake
- Juicing is much more acceptable for root vegetables (doesn’t go so well in blenders)
- Minimal oxidation in masticating juicers for so-called cold squeezing
- Cold squeezed juice can be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours
- It takes more raw material to get one glass
- Juicers may be difficult to clean
- The juice is richer in calories and sugar
- The juice contains no indigestible fibers (but contains digestible fibers)
Blending Pros and Cons:
- Smoothie causes satiety due to fiber, which can help with dieting
- Different types of ingredients (such as ice, cocoa, greens, milk, etc.) can be added to a smoothie
- Versatility – A blender can do more than just a smoothie
- Speed – Blending is faster than squeezing
- Higher blending speed causes nutrient loss through oxidation (except in vacuum blenders)
- Blenders are much noisier than juicers
- Smoothie can be harder to drink without the added liquid
- Certain raw materials are not suitable for blending
So Which One is Better?
As you can see from the list, both have their pros and cons. We think both juicing and blending are good and complement each other perfectly. Smoothie is a quick and satisfying meal replacement, while the juice is an excellent “natural energy drink” that allows you to feed quickly. Make sure the juice is the best drunk on an empty stomach. Due to the absence of non-digestible fibers, the juice is rapidly absorbed in the digestive system. If the stomach is already full, the juice will be mixed with the food and fermentation will begin. The best time to consume juice is at least 20 minutes before or about 2 hours after eating. Smoothie can be drunk at any time.
Choosing between juicing and blending is like opting for a visit to Tahiti or Bali. You will be happier if you choose both!