You purchased healthy groceries from the produce aisle at the store, and want to know if you should blend them or juice them? A person could probably get decision fatigue over all of the research alone. The following is a break down of the important factors of juicing vs blending to help make the decision to blend or to juice a painless one.
Fruit and sugar
Some fruits such as mangoes, grapes, cherries, and pears are high in sugar. Juicing would remove the fiber and sugar will remain in the juice . This is not an ideal situation as sugar has been noted for being bad for you, and fiber is part of a healthy diet. Sugar is said to cause glucose levels to rise, obesity, tooth decay, and heart disease. Drinking vegetables as a juice may be beneficial if choosing green ones only as they are higher in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Because of the small amounts of juice that can be extracted from green, leafy vegetables, it might be more expensive to juice as opposed to creating a blended drink where you would get more mass per dollar. Its recommended while juicing to do a cold press, as this provides the most benefit.
When using a blender for vegetables and fruits, the fiber, sugar, skin, pulp, and seeds are in the drink. You may use a strainer to remove some of the bulkiness or continue to stir and use a faster setting to make it smoother. To add more substance and nutrients, add nut butter, protein powder, almond milk, and other powdered supplements. Adding yogurt is recommended as it contains probiotics, calcium, (and if using Greek yogurt large amounts of protein). Health gurus add flax seeds or chia seeds. They’re rich in omega-3s, magnesium and phosphorous.
As mentioned before, green vegetables are healthy for you as they contain vitamins A, C, K and folate, and minerals such as calcium and iron. If it is difficult to taste green vegetables because they are too bitter, luckily blending allows you to sneak in green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Brussel sprouts among the better tasting fruits and vegetables such as carrots and cucumbers. Filling up the blender with high nutrient fruits and vegetables that taste good and adding green vegetables will make it where you cannot taste the glucosinolates which are the cause for the bitter taste.
Is it possible to juice and blend? You may decide that your lifestyle can allow both. Juicing can be good with leafy green vegetables for a good reboot of your digestive tract as a cleansing session. But if you want to do both in the same week, you would not reboot your digestive tract, and treat it more as a meal replacement. Blending can be a more regular type of meal replacement that you can keep up with as it requires fewer fruits and vegetables to fill up a glass. If choosing the right types of vegetables and fruits, you can sustain this habit while making healthy decisions.
Deciding between the two can be a difficult decision. If you want to spend more money on purchasing nutrient-rich green vegetables, using a cold press juicer could be a healthy option for cleansing your digestive tract. If you want to consume more fiber, have a tasty treat that you can sneak in leafy vegetables here and there, along with supplements, then using a blender might be a choice that you can keep up with the longest. Regardless of what you choose, selecting fruit and vegetables with the lowest sugar quantities and highest fiber content yields the best results.