Juicing vs Blending
According to the CDC, Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are from chronic diseases. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.
The more fruits and vegetables you consume, the greater the benefits! But it can be difficult for some people to consume the recommended five or more servings in one day. Juicing or blending fruits and vegetables into smoothies can be one easy way to get your daily servings in.
There are health benefits of juicing and blending. But how are they different, and what kind of equipment do you need for each one?
With juicing, you’re essentially removing all fibrous materials, leaving only the liquid of the fruits and vegetables. You get a thin and concentrated liquid product that contains vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients, which are bioactive plant-derived compounds associated with positive health effects. Juicing is also more concentrated amounts of vitamins and nutrients with easier absorption of nutrients. It does contain a lack of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion, controlling blood sugar, and lowering risk of heart disease.
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With blending, you get it all — the pulp and fiber that bulks up the produce. With blending, the whole fruit or vegetable is used: what you put in the blender is what you consume. Blended fruits and vegetables retain all their fiber for healthy digestion. Also the fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables fill you up and also contain antioxidants.
Juicing has a variety of benefits, including greater concentration of nutrients per ounce, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, and enhanced absorption of nutrients. It may also help people who have struggled with eating their vegetables to stomach the taste. But, with juicing you’re missing out on important fiber. You could also be missing out on other important compounds present in the pulp and membranes of the produce. With blending, you’re getting everything the fruit and vegetables have to offer, except the pulpy texture.
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