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Juicing versus Blending; Which is Healthier?

juicing verses smoothies

Angela: I often get asked what’s the difference between juicing versus blending and which one is healthier. There are a couple of key factors to consider. The main one is that juicing removes all the fibre. Removing the fibre takes away the satiety of the drink. Juices (vegetable) are more a nutrition tonic and blending smoothies are a good snack and meal replacement as they still have the fibre and you can add good fats and protein.

The other major variable to consider are the ingredients. If you are using mainly fruit, you will be consuming large volumes of fructose. Yes, this may be natural but we feel it’s not ideal for long term health (you can read our thought on fructose here.) Let’s look at the pros and cons of juicing vs blending…

Juicing

  • No fibre which takes away the satiety of the drink
  • Because you remove the fibre you remove some of the antioxidants
  • Should not be used as a meal replacement as there is no fibre, protein or good fats
  • You are consuming more calories without the satiety
  • If you have blood sugar issues you should be aware that juices are high in sugar and will spike blood sugar levels
  • You have to buy a expensive juicer
  • A green vegetable juice is a good way to boost nutrient levels
  • I always use the rule of thumb of 80% vegetable and 20% fruit in my juices

Blending

  • Include fibre so you feel fuller for longer
  • Keeps you regular & is essential for removing inflammatory toxins from the body
  • You can include protein and good fats making it a whole food; coconut oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, chia seeds, 180 protein Superfood
  • You can use smoothies as a meal replacement and snack
  • They don’t spike blood sugar levels
  • Increase nutrient levels by including the fibre
  • Don’t need an expensive juicers. You can use a blender which most of us have in the kitchen and can be used for lots of things
  • Include good fats and leafy greens – leafy greens contain essential vitamins A, E, K and D and are only absorbed in the presence of fat

Conclusion

I’m a big fan of blending smoothies. I don’t like waste so the fact that you use everything is awesome and by including the fibre you are increasing your nutrient intake and keeping you regular is double tick for me. I do like green juices from time to time if I feel I need an easy absorbable green vegetable hit. Using a quality greens powder is an option too if you don’t want the hassle. I have no room for fruit juices in my life. It’s just a sugar hit you are dumping on your liver. I vote smoothies the winner. Here’s one of Guy’s favourite smoothie meal replacements.

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    3 Replies to “Juicing versus Blending; Which is Healthier?”
    Jackie Barbour says:

    I love this information really helpful and informative, thanks so much Ang xx

    Nicole says:

    General query – do you think smoothies can work to detox in a similar fashion that juices are often used?
    Thanks 🙂

    Absolutely Nicole, You just need to be selective with your ingredients. This smoothie recipe would be a great place to start:

    https://180nutrition.com.au/recipes/cleansing-immune-boosting-smoothie/

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