Juicing vs. Blending – My Take

Juicing or blending? That is the question. As a matter of fact, it is my opinion that there is no question about it when it comes to which method I use for my own health program. Although there are pros and cons of both methods, which one is actually the best way to receive a good supply of vegetables (in both taste and health)?

Juicing or Blending?

There is no doubt about it–we need vegetation in our diet, in fairly large amounts than most “normal” people are used to, in order to stay healthy, strong, young and lean. Without vegetables, it would be fairly difficult to receive a good supply of vitamin A, C, K, fiber and other important nutrients.

Many people turn to juicing to get their “3-6 servings a day” of vegetables, but is this a good method? We certainly know that purchasing prepackaged juice with these claims at a major supermarket is not the best choice. It usually will include sugar to help make the juice palatable, and the vegetables will also surely be pasteurized, which destroy and alter many of the raw nutrients our bodies crave for optimal function and performance.

Juicing vegetables at home may be a good idea for a couple of reason:

  1. The vegetables (and fruits) will be raw.
  2. YOU choose what to put into the final juice.
  3. It saves money and you waste less by not purchasing plastic bottles/wrapping.

There is a con to juicing, however. Although we can receive quite a number of nutrients in just one glass of juice (think 1 lb of raw, organic spinach equaling 1 cup of juice!), we are not utilizing the whole vegetable. After juicing, the pulp is left to the compost bin, where the juice is consumed without its natural fiber.

When we take away the fiber from vegetables or fruits, we are increasing the effect the juice will have on our blood sugar and insulin levels. Fiber helps lower glycemic load, or the effect of a particular food on blood sugar, which helps prevents spikes in insulin (that then help to reduce inflammation, oxidative stress and insulin resistance).

Blending, on the other hand, like in my green smoothie recipe, blends the whole vegetable and fruit together into a liquid, with the fiber still in tack. This is the most natural way to consume large amounts of vegetables in one day (about 4 cups of raw spinach or kale per smoothie!). Although our ancestors didn’t have blenders, they did eat a lot of vegetation (as well as nuts, seeds, animals, twigs, bark, insects, etc.) with the fiber and raw nutrients still attached.

One thing that you can do with the left over fiber from juicing (if you still continue to do so), is put it in any raw cookie or cake recipe. Use it as a binder to create a fantastic dessert so that you can drink your juice and still remain faithful to the good ol’ whole food lifestyle. 🙂

So…when you juice, be sure to consume the fiber in any form, hopefully while you are consuming the juice. This will help lower the effects of blood sugar spikes. BUT–if you want an easy, tasty way to consume vegetables utilizing the entire vegetable, then blending is your best option.

Next post will be a new chocolate cupcake recipe! I will be using my almond pulp from the almond milk to create a truly whole food dessert. See you then. 🙂

-The Healthy Advocate

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