The truth behind juicing and blending (smoothies)
Juicing and smoothies are virtually the same thing right? The simple answer is no, juices and smoothies both contain very different nutrient contents that can possess different health benefits.
Juices contain many vitamins and minerals which can have multiple health benefits. Down below is a list of a few benefits that come with incorporating juices into your diet:
Benefits of juicing (1)
The main nutrient difference amongst juices and smoothies is that smoothies usually contain more fibre. Blending fruits and vegetables does remove some fibre however as you are not discarding any part of the fruit or vegetable majority of the fibre remains within the smoothie. When juicing vegetables and fruit the process filters out almost all of the fibre, leaving you with the liquid juice and the fibrous pulp, which is usually discarded.
Why is fibre so important?
Fibre slows digestion and helps keep you fuller for a longer period of time. The incorporation of fibre into the diet can aid in stabilising blood sugar levels and also help grow/maintain a healthy gut microbiome. There are two forms of fibre found within different types of fruit and vegetables. Insoluble fibre helps you keep regular, this form of fibre attracts water to the intestines and aids in moving everything through your system. This type of fibre is found within cucumbers, celery, carrots, nuts and seeds. Soluble fibre has multiple health benefits including lowering blood cholesterol, slowing the absorption of carbohydrates from foods, and feeding the beneficial bacteria within your gut. Foods containing this form of fibre include plums, pears, oats, apples, berries, nuts and seeds (2).
Due to aspects such as low fibre content juices do have some negative aspects such as (1):
Now lets talk about smoothies! As with anything there are pros and cons to consuming smoothies. Below are some points on the benefits and negatives:
Benefits of smoothies (3)
Negative aspects of smoothies:
Both juicing and smoothies are great ways to incorporate vegetables and fruits into your everyday diet. Both forms have both negative and positive aspects which need to be considered when consuming. I advise checking nutritional content before purchasing smoothies or juices, look out for those hidden nasties (such as high amounts of added sugar). Creating your own blends of smoothies and juices are a great cost-effective way to add important nutrients into your diet whilst keeping your concoction clean and tasty.
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