Juicing or Blending?
Juicing extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the pulp or indigestible fiber. The nutrients are more easily absorbed into the body. One can consume more servings of fruits and veggies in a single serving of juice than if one tried to eat all the fruits and vegetables that became the juice. Freshly made juice is nutrient dense.
Blending combines the entire fruit or vegetable and contains all of the fiber. However, the blending process breaks the fiber apart which makes it more easily digestible. Blended drinks, often called smoothies, tend to be more filling due to the fiber and produce a slow, steady release of nutrients into the body. However, when blending vegetables and fruit at home to make a smoothie the result is very different than the smoothies that are found in most smoothie shops or bars. Those tend to contain high amounts of added sugar.
Which is better, juicing or blending? They are both useful in different situations, so neither is better overall. Juicing is good for when one wants to give their digestive system a rest, one is going through a healing crisis, needing to rebuild a weakened immune system or going through a program where juicing is part of a larger healing protocol. Blending is good for everyday health.
When combining vegetables with fruit, it is best to use leafy greens with fruit or using only low glycemic fruit like berries. Combining starchy vegetables with fruit can cause fermentation and gas. Starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Green leafy veggies combine well with most other ingredients.
When juicing or blending at home, it is best to drink it promptly in order to obtain the most benefits. Within fifteen minutes light and air will destroy most of the nutrients. A new type of blender is starting to appear that creates a vacuum before blending in order to decrease oxidation.