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Juicing vs Smoothies. Which one is better ?

 

A lot of the participants in my Smooth Movement Challenge have been emailing me questions on Juicing vs Smoothies, so on this week’s blog I decided to use my experience and research and put them to the test. So who do you think come up on top?  Read on to find out.

While five servings of fruits and vegetables a day has long been the recommended standard, most Americans fail to consume enough healthy produce. In fact, a 2010 study found that the average U.S. adult gets only 59 percent and 42 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vegetables and fruits (respectively) each day. If you’re often among them, adding fresh juices and smoothies to your diet can be a deliciously simple way to get more of the beneficial nutrients your body needs.

 

Juicing

When you run fruits and vegetables through a juicer, you extract the water and nutrients while discarding the indigestible fiber. This process enables your body to absorb more of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals within the produce than it would if you consumed it whole. Because fiber can be tough on sensitive digestive systems, juicing is an excellent choice for individuals who regularly experience uncomfortable symptoms after consuming fruits and veggies. When our bodies spend less energy on digestion they will spend more on repair.

 

Juicing may not be such a great option if you’re diabetic. Removing fiber allows the sugar to enter your bloodstream rapidly. This can cause blood sugar spikes and crashes along with the moods and energy swings that accompany them. If you choose to juice fruit, make sure you combine it with a larger portion of green, leafy veggies such as spinach or kale to minimize blood sugar instability.

 

Smoothies

Unlike juices, smoothies contain every bit of the fruits and veggies you choose to include—from the skin on the outside to the fiber within. Because the blending process breaks the fiber apart, drinking a smoothie is still easier on your digestive system than eating whole produce is. And because fiber slows the release of nutrients into your blood stream, smoothies are less likely to cause sugar spikes and crashes.

 

Smoothies are more filling than juice as well (again, because of the fiber). Add a protein source—such as low-fat milk, yogurt or a scoop of protein powder—and you’ve created a complete meal.

 

The Right Equipment is Essential

A cheap juicer or blender is likely to heat up as you use it. This introduction of heat can destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. While premium quality equipment will cost a bit more initially, you’ll benefit from the healthiest juice and smoothies possible. You’ll also need to replace your equipment less often, as higher end gadgets tend to last longer. You’ll find a variety of juicers and blenders at Amazon.com.

 

A recent search revealed the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor as the top-rated juicing product on the site, with an average rating of 4.5 stars after more than 3,000 consumer reviews. It’s relatively inexpensive as far as juicers go, retailing for about $100. The Hamilton Beach 67608 Big Mouth Juice Extractor is also popular with Amazon shoppers. More than 600 consumers have given it a 4.3 star rating. It retails for about $73.

 

As for blenders, the Vitamix CIA Professional Series is the cream of the crop. It carries a hefty price tag at almost $500, but it has receive a 4.6 star rating from more than 300 consumers, many who have commented that their Vitamix are built to last forever. If you’re looking for a less expensive option, the Ninja Professional Blender with Single Serve Blending Cups is another good tool for making smoothies. It retails for about $130 and has a 4.3 star rating from more than 400 consumers.

So what’s the decision ? Quite frankly Juicing and Smoothie are both winners in my book. I believe both should be used to provide optimal health benefits.

 

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Comments

  1. Karen

    As always this article was very informative and the whole juicing vs smoothies question was clearly defined, I always enjoy your newsletter. Thank you for the great information.

  2. aurea g crisostomo

    yes juicing fruits & vegetables for me was a great healthy leaving since i’am doing this i loose weight and looking younger than before and my skin glow

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