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By | June 30th, 2013 | Modified - September 17th, 2014

Blending vs Juicing: Blending Offers More

Blending vs Juicing: Which One Is Better For Healthy Living?
Blending vs Juicing: Which One Is Better For Healthy Living?

I have heard both sides of the blending vs juicing argument, about which one is better. Though I prefer blending, I have to point out that both blending and juicing have their benefits.

By blending or juicing on a regular basis to make vegetable juices or fruit juices, we are able to include a lot more vegetables and fruits into our diets and will be able to easily satisfy our daily requirements of vegetable and fruits. Please add blending or juicing of natural vegetable and fruit juices to your daily diet to support your healthy living.

Blending vs Juicing

Blending is the process of breaking vegetables and fruits into very small pieces, which allows us to get a lot more vegetable and fruits in our diets. Nothing is lost during the process. Juicing is the process of removing the vitamins and minerals from the fiber, leaving just a juice full of vitamins and minerals. The fiber is lost during the process and some of the vitamins and minerals that were trapped in the fiber.

Before I continue to explain why I prefer blending over juicing, I must make it clear that blending or juicing fresh vegetables and fruits, especially vegetables, is something the should be part of our daily diets.

The western diet is deficient in whole food plant based life consisting of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains. The western diet consists of a lot of meat, dairy, and processed foods which are acid forming and cause havoc on our immune system. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains are generally alkaline forming foods and are great source of balanced vitamins and minerals, and fiber, which are areas the western diet is lacking.

As I studied how simply adopting a plant based diet, or and alkaline diet supported and and protected the immune system and healthy living, I realized I needed to increase the amount of vegetables and fruits I ate. I am no different from many people who find it challenging to eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. I knew I needed to start making vegetable and fruit juices again and I looked into blending vs juicing, because juicing was not my favorite activity. At one time I gave juicing a try but that didn’t last long, and I was hoping there was an alternative to juicing.

Blending vs Juicing: Cleaning The Juicer

Cleaning the juicer has always been a pain and challenge for me, which was a reason I later preferred blending vs juicing. Though I knew juicing was very good for my health, the cleaning process was just too overwhelming. There were too many parts to clean, and the cleaning process just took too much time. I juiced for a couple of days, and I couldn’t be bothered anymore.

If I left the juicer in the sink for even a short period of time, cleaning the mess properly became impossible. Needless to say, my juicer started to collect dust because I couldn’t be bothered cleaning it. Even though juicing afforded me many health benefits, it offered no benefits sitting in a cabinet unused, and I am not in this boat alone. Many people hear of the benefits of juicing and its popularity entices them to buy a juicer, but they often give up juicing quickly.

I know several people who fall into this category, and fortunately the benefits of making vegetable and fruit juices stuck with them and they ended buying a blender. They are happily blending away and reaping the benefits of making vegetable and fruit juices. Blending is a breeze, because the cleaning process is a breeze. I just add soap and water to the blender, turn it on for thirty seconds and I am done.

Blending vs juicing – cleaning: And the winner is blending.

Blending vs Juicing: Nutrient Absorption Into The Bloodstream

To be fair in this blending vs juicing comparison I must say that juicing vegetables and fruits did allow nutrients to be a bit more easily absorbed into the bloodstream. The stomach didn’t have to do much digestive work, and the juice was transported to the small intestine to be more quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. This absorption happened at a quicker rate because the fiber had been removed from the vegetables and fruits, and the fiber is what regulated the absorption of nutrients into the body. At first glance this looked good, but looking deeper into the process as a holistic process, other areas suffered.

Alternative medicine advocates that high amounts of diary, meat, and processed foods we eat lack fiber to clean the body properly, and they contribute to the buildup of mucoid lining the small intestine. This harmful mucus-like material and food residue coats the small intestine making it more difficult to absorb nutrients from the foods passing through the small intestine. Juicing may help the mucoid lined small intestine absorb more nutrients, which is beneficial in the short-run, but the lack of fiber helps to promote continual building of the mucoid layer, which hurts us in the long-run.

Blending also breaks down the food into smaller pieces, which aids the digestive process because the stomach doesn’t have to put much effort into digesting the food. Our chewing of food is in a way a blender because chewing also breaks down our foods into more easily digestible pieces. Blending is more efficient because we often do not chew our food well enough which puts stress on our digestive system.

Blending vs juicing – nutrition absorption: The edge goes to blending

Blending vs Juicing: Fiber

The USDA recommends that males consume around 35 grams of fiber a day, and females consume around 25 grams of fiber a day to support our healthy living. People who consume a western diet only consume on average 14-15 grams of fiber a day. Having the proper amounts of fiber in our diet is essential in supporting our healthy living, and juicing removes the beneficial aspects of fiber which are:

Lowers blood cholesterol levels

Combats constipation

Reduces the risk of colon cancer

Helps prevent the formation of intestinal pouches (diverticula) which trap waste in the colon and produce toxins which are the introduced in the bloodstream and entire body

Blending vs juicing – fiber: And the winner is blending.

Blending vs Juicing: Feel Fuller Longer

Blending vegetables and fruits keep their fiber, which makes them take longer to digest than juiced vegetables and fruits. Blended vegetables and fruits are easier for the digestive process to handle than improperly chewed foods. By blending you are assisting the digestive process and you are keeping food in the stomach longer than juicing does, which keeps you fuller longer than juicing.

Blending keeps the fiber with the nutrients which helps to regulate the nutrient absorption into the bloodstream. The insoluble and soluble fiber remain to clean the digestive track and to regulate the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which regulates blood sugar levels. This seems like a good balance.

Since juicing leaves you with the only water and nutrients, they quickly pass through the stomach leaving you with the feeling of an empty stomach.

Blending vs juicing – Feel fuller longer: And the winner is blending.

Blending vs Juicing

Blending vs juicing, and the overall winner is blending. My experiences have made me choose blending vs juicing. I write this article for people who haven’t decided if blending or juicing is better for them so they can make a well informed decision as to which one to do. Blending or juicing will support healthy and we should do one or the other, than not doing either. Blending vs juicing, blending is the way for me.

References:
USDA daily fiber recommendation
Get the Facts on Fiber

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About Author:

I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I eat a plant based diet and I am an avid researcher of the benefits of a whole food, plant based alkaline diet. I obtained a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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  • Ron says:

    Thanks for this post. I was thinking of getting a juicer because my diet kinda sucks. I saw part of a film “super juice me,” where some chronically sick people spend 30 days on juice only and the results were great for them. i know that veggies and fruits are great and i want to see how i feel with those supplements in me. however, i am lazy too, so cleaning a juicer sounds like it might be a dis-incentive to using it. thank you.


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