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Smoothies vs. Juicing: Which is Better?

Posted by Sky Andersen on 9/12/2016


Drinking smoothies or pure juice can be complementary to a yoga practice and a healthy lifestyle. However, some health aficionados understandably become curious as to which is the superior option. We’ll explore both beverage creation techniques to help you decide which is best for you – smoothies (blending) or juicing?

Let’s start by saying that both options are health-promoting; any lifestyle choice that results in consuming more fruits, vegetables and nutrients is going to be positive. But what exactly are the differences? We’ll start by taking a look at the smoothie option.


 

Blended Smoothies: Loaded with Fiber


Blended smoothies are made of the whole vegetable or fruit. Components like the pith and skin are often included, as these are well known to contain many beneficial nutrients as well as loads of healthy fiber. Because of this, smoothies can be quite substantial and filling. They also easily function as a meal substitute in terms of calories, nutrition and how filling they are.

The blending process assists with the creation of a balanced amount of nutrients. These are then introduced into the bloodstream gradually and consistently as the smoothie is ingested. This balance assists with avoiding blood sugar spikes and enjoying a more consistent effect.

Blending is an excellent way to make the nutritious fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables easier to digest. The result is a satisfying experience and lots of fiber, vitamins and nutrition.

 


 

The Joys of Juicing


Juicing refers to the process of extracting the nutritious liquid component of fruits and vegetables and discarding the fibrous parts of them. This can include the skin and pithy areas that might otherwise be eaten or blended into a smoothie.

Without this fiber, the digestive system isn’t taxed by the need to break down these fibrous elements but instead receives a direct infusion of nutrients. The body receives a much more substantial and concentrated dose of nutrition than if the vegetables and fruits were eaten whole. Because of this, juicing is preferable to persons who have an intolerant or sensitive digestive system.

Not surprisingly, juicing results in an extremely potent dose of nutrition and is often used in detoxification regimens. The body is nourished quickly and deeply at a cellular level.

 


 

So, Which is Best for Me: Smoothies or Juicing?


As you can see, the main difference between blended smoothies and pure juice is the presence or absence of the fibrous components of fruits and vegetables. As you probably know, fiber is extremely beneficial to the human body.

Fiber aids in digestion, helps to regulate blood sugar, and promotes colon health. It is also an appetite suppressant, giving a full, satisfied feeling that helps with avoiding the cravings that can lead to unhealthy snacking.



Balancing Nutrition and Fiber Intake


However, persons with a highly sensitive digestive system may want to avoid the extra fiber that ends up in smoothies. They can easily do so by favoring juicing instead. A hybrid approach is also valuable, which means to alternate between smoothies and pure juice throughout the week.

Persons who juice should be aware that the infusion of pure juice all at once can cause blood sugar spikes. Those who are prone to blood sugar fluctuations should sip slowly, especially if they are drinking pure fruit juice. Blood sugar spikes can cause mood swings, inconsistent energy, and even memory issues.

As you can see, the difference between smoothies and juicing is largely about fiber and how concentrated a dose of nutrition you’re looking for. Both blending and juicing have their advantages.



 

Blending and Juicing Tips

  • Be careful with blending both vegetables and fruits together; some veggies like broccoli, carrots and zucchini don’t blend well with fruit because of the starch they contain.

  • Green leafy vegetables and apples combine well with just about all other fruits and vegetables.

  • For best results, consume your freshly made juice or smoothie right away. Even after a few minutes, air and light start to break down its healthy components. If you must store it, use an opaque sealable container.



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