Juices and Smoothies play an important part in any wellness program. I’ve been asked on occasion which is better. I don’t believe one is “better” than the other–each provides something a little different. Juices are typically used as a cleanse or a “rebooting” of the body. Smoothies can be used as meal replacements, snacks, replenishment of nutrients after workouts, etc. Both juicing and smoothies are valuable additions to a nutritional wellness plan.
When you juice, you are removing the insoluble fiber and extracting about 70% of the nutrition from the vegetable/fruit. Without the insoluble fiber, your body is able to absorb 100% of the nutrition from the juice. When juicing fruits some care has to be taken because pure fruit juice alone can cause a sudden rise in sugar levels in your bloodstream, resulting in imbalances. It is not advised to combine fruits with vegetables when juicing unless you are using green leafy vegetables.
When you blend (smoothies), the fiber is retained and it helps to keep your digestive tract healthy, as well as slowing the absorption of sugar. You get full faster and you are not able to get the same high level of nutrients as you obtain with juicing, but your body processes the nutrients at a slower, more even pace.
Using The Right Equipment
To get the most benefit from your juices and smoothies, it’s important to use the right equipment. Invest in a good-quality juicer. Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. While it may cost you a bit more initially, a premium cold-press juicer will produce a superior-quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving expense in the long-term.
The machines themselves will also generally last longer. In contrast to the rough extraction of centrifugal juicers, mastication or cold-press juicers compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice. ~ Food Matters Article