I recently asked some friends what juicer they recommended, a couple friends recommended a Vitamix instead.
What is the difference between blending and juicing? I am so confused because I often hear about the benefits of juicing.
Another friend also mentioned that juice has too much sugar and I know sugar is directly linked to excess belly fat. So what's the deal? Should I get a juicer or a blender?
You are right, there is so much confusion and misinformation surrounding this topic. Juicing is incredibly beneficial if you focus on non-sweet vegetable juices. Please note when we are talking about the benefits of juice we are referring to unpasteurized fresh juices.
When we juice we are removing the fibre. Of course fibre is very important and we need to be eating enough every day, however, the benefit of juice is that there is no fibre getting in the way of absorbing the nutrients in the vegetables, so you get an instant infusion of nutrition that you just can't get from smoothies.
Digestion uses up a lot of energy, this is the reason we can often feel so tired after eating a big heavy meal. So another benefit of non-sweet vegetable juice is that it requires minimal digestion - minimal digestion means minimal energy expenditure. Less energy spent on digestion means more is left over for other bodily functions like healing and repair.
Here are some key points to consider:
Sweeter fruit juices - limit to occasional treat or avoid completely if you are trying to lose belly fat, are inactive, already consume too much sugar, or have diabetes.
There is a place for both smoothies and juices in a healthy diet, each with their own unique benefits.
Smoothies require a little bit more digestion and a slower absorption of nutrients, but you have the freedom to add in some fruit. While juices allow for instant absorption and a much needed break for your digestive system.
If you still have more questions or would like to learn how to best utilize blending and juicing for your specific health goals please feel free to book a complimentary 15min Discovery Call to find out more.
Shawna Barker BSc., RHN is a nutritionist, college instructor, and raw food educator.