Juicing is a much more recognisable term to the general public than smoothing, which is a relatively new one. The benefits of juicing have been promoted for many years by famous health practitioners and enthusiasts, while smoothies and blending became familiar only recently, with the wide popularity of blenders and healthy lifestyles. Perhaps due to the popularity of juicing, marketing campaigns for blenders sometimes promote their products as juice and nutrient extractors confusing ingenuous customers. As a result, more and more people are wondering if they can use a blender for juice extraction. The purpose of this article is to clarify the terms of blending and juice extraction, answer the question of whether a blender can extract juice, and compare the benefits of blending and juicing.
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Definitions of Blending and Juice Extraction
Juice extraction is a process in which the liquid is taken out of the pulp of fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens. Afterward, the juice is ready for consumption, while pulp goes in the garbage or can be used in various healthy recipes such as vegan burgers or crackers.
Blending is the process of pulverising food into a homogenous substance such as a smoothie or puree, without removing the pulp. This process normally requires extra liquid to be added for blending purposes.
How to Extract Juice With a Blender
As you can understand from the above definitions, the processes of juice extraction and blending are quite different. However, it is possible to kind of extract juice using a blender. For this purpose, you blend the food with water added to puree or smoothie consistency and then pass it through a strainer, collecting the juice below and leaving the pulp in the strainer.
But is it better to extract juice, or can blended smoothies have their own benefits without extra manipulations?
Blending Pros and Cons
Pros: Smoothies contain not only vitamins and nutrients from the pulverized fruits, veggies and leafy greens, but also fiber to promote a healthy digestive system. Blended food is not only quickly and easily absorbed by the human body, but due to fiber content smoothies make people feel full more quickly than traditional food does. For this reason, smoothies are a quick and easy replacement for a full breakfast or power snack. You can also add some seeds, nuts, or protein powder to the smoothie for protein content. For improved taste and presentation, garnish your smoothies with berries, tofu, yogurt, oats and other ingredients. You can use your imagination to create endless combinations!
Blenders also can pulverise non-juicable ingredients like leafy greens, bananas, or avocados. Juicers are useless with these kinds of fruits, and only masticating juicers can handle leafy ingredients.
Cons: It must be mentioned that some vegetables such as carrot and beetroot are not quite palatable when blended, but very tasty when juiced. When combined with other ingredients for blending, they can make an excellent smoothie or soup.
Also note that people with difficulties digesting fiber will probably benefit more from juicing than blending.
Juicing Pros and Cons
Pros: A blender is a very useful gadget for every day eating, but juicing is usually used only for special diets. Many body cleansing diets use freshly squeezed juices because consuming liquid and nutrients without having to digest fiber uses less energy, and all your body’s resources can go toward self-nourishment. With juicing, the energy your body saves can be used instead for cleansing.
Cons: Juice is not recommended for replacing a meal, as it probably won’t fill you up, but you can drink a lot more of it than you can a smoothie. Juicing also unfortunately removes a high proportion of the antioxidant content, and is not recommended for people with diabetes because of the sugar content.
Blending and juicing are both good for your health and support the easy digestion of nutrients and vitamins. Blenders are better suited to people who seek to improve their health by consuming a lot of fruits and vegetables without extra effort. Juicing, on the other hand, is good for body cleansing or other special diets, especially for people with fiber digestion issues who need an easy way to take in fruits and vegetables. Smoothies are also perfect for endurance athletes and sports enthusiasts to refuel your body with energy.