The absolute best thing you can do for yourself is increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables.
If juicing or blending helps you do that, both are great! But, you have other goals in mind, like losing weight or limiting your sugar intake, which you chose makes a huge difference.
The top reason people juice is to increase or regain their health, well being, vitality, metal clarity and stamina.
Juicing is a process, which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber.
Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. The nutrients are readily available and quickly absorbed into the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat or blend the fruits and vegetables. It’s a blast of pure health.
Juicing also affords you an opportunity to experiment with vegetables you might not normally consume or know how to use in recipes, like kale or beets, which are bursting with nutrients such as vitamin K and B vitamins. Green juices are all the rage and with good reason, they are low calorie, low sugar and nutrition packed.
Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level. Sugary fruits should be avoided. If your juice needs a bit of sweetness try adding apples and lemons which are naturally low in sugar and will brighten up any juice.
In short juicing is an easy, effective way to get a large range of vitamins, minerals and key phytonutrients into your diet/body with minimal effort.
People primarily use blended smoothies as meal replacements.
Blending vegetables, you get fresh produce as well but blending introduces heat/oxygen into the smoothie making process causing heat damage and oxidation; and so a loss of nutrients. Also, you cannot get the same quantity of produce in a smoothie. You would have to drink approximately 1 quart of a smoothie to equal the same nutrient content as in one 8oz glass of pressed juice.
When people make smoothies, their go-to choices are usually fruit and dairy based varieties. These can really pack calories, sugar and fat. This can negate the intention of making a smoothie for health and nutrition purposes and can actually cause weight gain. Studies have shown that after people drank fruit and dairy filled smoothies, they experienced sugar rushes then crashes which actually left them more tired and hungry than people who chose other meals.
Blended smoothies are an excellent way to have a quick and filling meal on the run but, you MUST be conscious and careful about how and what you choose to blend.
In short: If you are looking to lose wight, increase your intake of dark leafy greens or get your RDA of fruits and vegetable and boost your overall health, juicing is your answer!
If your looking for a meal replacement, a smoothie can be a good choice.