Joined the smoothie craze yet?
When it comes making smoothies and juices, a lot of people ask which is better – to juice or to blend? But why does it have to be one or the other, when a mix of the two is smoothie perfect? We are all aware that we need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whether we eat, juice, or blend them it all counts. They are nutrient dense powerhouses, and however we choose to take them in – it’s all going to be good in the end. Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.
The Pros & Cons of Juicing: Juicing removes the insoluble fibre ie the pulp. Fibre is great for you – it keeps your digestive tract healthy and slows down the absorption of sugar. But it also slows down the absorption of nutrients. When you juice, you are extracting up to 70 per cent of the nutrition right into your glass, and without the insoluble fibre your body absorbs 100 per cent of these nutrients. When we juice our favourite vegetables and fruit we are removing the indigestible fibre and making the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole. When you drink fresh veggie juices, your body is soaked in nutrients, without having to use up any of its precious energy.
So what do we think? Get juicing and smoothie making and get your nutrients as easy and as tasty as possible!