Juicing vs Blending
“What is the difference between juicing and blending?” I have come across this question many times and I think it is time to shed as much light as possible about it. Many people think the difference is obvious, others think there is no difference at all. This brings a lot of confusion between the two terms. In fact, many people believe they are blending when actually they are juicing.
Juicing versus blending
Juicing is the process of extracting only the liquid from fruits and vegetables using a juicer machine. The pulp from the fruits or vegetables is discarded. The juicer extracts the liquid component of the fruit, which contains nutrients, minerals and enzymes available in the produce. However, you don’t get a lot of the fiber as it is in the pulp. However, you can use the discarded pulp in other things when you cook, like soups, to still receive the benefits of the fiber lost.
On the other hand, during the blending process, no pulp is removed. Whole fruits or vegetables are mashed, pureed or emulsified to produce a delicious smoothie. The confusion often arises because the machines used in these processes can use different names altogether. The most important feature to know before you purchase a juicer or blender appliance is whether it removes the pulp or not. If it doesn’t, then it’s a blender.
Blender or juicer, which one is better?
This question has no uniform answer. Simply put, both machines are good. Think about it, fresh fruits or vegetables are important in your diet, regardless of whether you blend, juice or eat them raw. They are all important nutrient providers. Both blending and juicing brings the fresh produce to our diet. All the same, the processes of blending and juicing are different. Understanding that difference is important to consumers.
For example, during juice extraction, you remove the insoluble fiber or the pulp. Nutritionally, fiber is good because it keeps the digestive tract healthy and reduces the absorption of sugar. Even so, it slows down the absorption of nutrients into the body, which makes some ingredients remain in the fiber state. Extracting juice makes you consume 100% of the nutrients present in juice.
Nutritional experts believe that there are good reasons for blending whole fruits and vegetables. For example, blending produces smoothies with whole food nutrition. Even a green smoothie still falls under whole food because it contains all its fiber and nutrients. On the other hand, juices do not fall under whole foods because they lack fiber and any other important ingredient discarded during the juicing process. Since fiber is equally important in the diet, it is advisable not to remove it from fruits or vegetables. The fact that green smoothies oxidize slowly is another advantage over juice. While nutrition specialists recommend taking juice immediately after extraction, it is possible to keep a smoothie for three or five days after extraction and it will still preserve its nutritional value.
Some final words
With adequate information regarding both juicing and blending in mind, it is easier to make an informed decision, especially when shopping for the appropriate machine.