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Health benefits of juicing vs. blending

Rebecca is the founder of Simply Healthy Living and is a Certified Nutrition Counselor with a Masters in Nutrition and Food and Exercise Science.

Juicing and blending have different health benefits. Here's how to decide which is right for you.

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With increased media coverage on juicing, clients have been inquiring more about incorporating juicing into their diet. One of the most misunderstood questions being asked by clients is the difference between juices and smoothies.

The key difference is the fiber component. Juicing separates the juice from the fiber and discards the indigestible fiber. However, when blending, you are consuming the entire fruit and vegetable.

Benefits of juicing:

  • More vegetables per serving
  • Quicker absorption of nutrients because your body doesn’t need to work hard to digest the fiber
  • Sudden rush of energy
  • Add a wider variety of vegetables
  • Cleanses the body of stored toxins and waste

Benefits of blending:

  • More fiber per serving
  • Keeps you full longer
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels

Overall, juicing and blending have different health benefits. However they both increase energy, mood, sleep, can assist in protecting against cellular damage and can help protect against cardiovascular disease.

It is important to note that when you are preparing juices and smoothies, you should choose organic whenever possible. Juices should be consumed right away or they will oxidize and destroy the juice. The shelf life is longer for cold-pressed juices due to high-pressure pasteurization.

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