Juicing vs. Blending seems to be an ongoing battle. What what’s the healthier option and what’s better for losing weight? The answer is simple: Blending (or extraction) is the better choice and offers many advantages over juicing. Continue reading to learn why.
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- Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System (Amazon*)
Long before I made significant changes to my diet, I experimented with juicing. My sister-in-law was visiting at the time, and we watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix. Inspired by that movie, we went to Best Buy to buy a juicer and to Whole Foods Market to get a boatload of veggies and fruits.
During the first few days, we juiced like crazy but soon the excitement faded. The cumbersome cleaning process of the juicer just became too much of a hassle, and soon we quit. All that happened in 2013 and I haven’t juiced since.
Earlier this year my good friend and workout buddy Felipe got a Ninja Professional Blender* for the gym, and after each workout, he would blend whatever he had in the fridge. Mostly veggies and some fruit for the taste.
What impressed me most was the little time it took to clean that thing. Compared to a juicer you don’t have to take apart the Ninja to clean it. You just rinse the main container and its lid. That takes less than a minute.
Juicing vs. Blending
Juicing extracts the juices of fruits and vegetables while removing stems, skin, pulp and other solid matter. Herein lies the problem: Most of the fiber and nutrients are contained in the skin, and pulp and juicers remove both. In the case of vegetable juices, the result is flavored water, which is low in nutrients. It doesn’t do any harm, but it doesn’t have many benefits either.
In the case of fruit juices, it’s an entirely different story. Fruits are notoriously high in sugar (fructose). While eating a whole fruit gives you all its nutrients and fiber (the latter also slows down the absorption of sugar in the liver, which is a good thing), fruit juice is flavored sugar-water and no better than soda.
A blender or food processor breaks apart fruits and vegetables and mixes both their liquid (juices) and solid components. Depending on what you put into the blender, you often have to add water to produce a drinkable mixture.
By retaining the skin and pulp, a blender also retains all nutrients and fiber, thus producing a mixture that’s as close to the whole fruit as it gets.
My blender of choice
A couple of months after Felipe purchased the Ninja, he replaced it with a slick-looking device called the NutriBullet*. It does the same thing as the Ninja but in a smaller and better-looking form-factor.
That being said, the makers of NutriBullet claim that there is a difference between a regular blender and an extractor, which is what the NutriBullet is.
Nutrient Extraction is the mechanism the NutriBullet uses to break down fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plant foods down to their most absorbable state. Unlike juicers and blenders, NutriBullet nutrient extractors break down the cell walls of fibrous plant foods, releasing important vitamins and minerals contained within. At the same time, they reduce beneficial fiber, pulp, seeds, and skins into a smooth-as-silk texture, delivering food to your body in an easily digestible, easily absorbable form. More than juicing, more than blending, and more than chewing, nutrient extraction allows you to receive the highest degree of nutrition your food has to offer.
I can’t prove if that’s factually correct and I’m not sure I care. What’s important to me is that the NutriBullet retains essential nutrients and fiber and is incredibly easy to clean. It’s also extremely powerful, and you can pretty much throw anything at it, including ice cubes, whole fruits, and vegetables, seeds, nuts. It also looks slick and is easy to use.
Juicing vs. Blending? Learn why blending is the healthier option!
- Blending/Extracting is healthier than juicing since fruit juice has as much or more sugar than soda without much of the nutrients and fiber of whole fruit
- Juicers are a pain in the butt to clean, and you’re more likely to quit
- Most blenders are easy to clean, and as a result, you’re more likely to keep doing it
- Sugar in Vegetables Chart
- How does Fruit Juice compare to Whole Fruit?
- Smoothies and fruit juices are a new risk to health, US scientists warn