It can be tough to get enough fruit and vegetables into your diet, but one easy way to achieve the goal is to drink homemade fruit juices and smoothies. But do you juice or do you blend? That is the question.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that there is no real big difference between a juicer and a blender. You can use them both to turn your fruits and veggies into delicious, healthy smoothies and drinks after all. But there are subtle differences between the two which make a big impact on the end result, so read ahead before you make your decision!
So what’s the difference?
The fundamental difference between a juicer and a blender is not in what they do, it is how they do it.
A juicer extracts all of the liquid from a fruit or vegetable and leaves behind everything else, including the pulp and skin, which must then be thrown away. A blender on the other hand literally blends up the entire fruit or vegetable and uses it all in the resulting drink.
The names juicer and blender are starting to make sense now right?
Now you know the difference between a juicer and a blender, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.
The pros of a juicer:
Easy to drink:
Because the fibrous parts of the fruit or vegetable are separated from the liquid during the process, the resulting drink when juicing is much smoother, concentrated and easier to drink. Especially good for those of you who get funny with thick, oddly textured beverages.
Rapid release of energy:
Due to the fact that juicing removes hard to digest fibrous pulp, the nutrients in the drink can be absorbed very quickly. So you can juice before a hectic day of work and boost your energy levels immediately!
Most juicers require next to no preparation. No peeling, no washing. So you can produce a healthy drink quickly and with little fuss.
The cons of a juicer:
Because the resulting drink has no pulp to bulk it out, you will get less volume for the amount of fruit you put in compared to a blender.
And you’ll be wasting a lot of the fruit. Not a huge deal, but some people like to use as much of the produce that they buy as possible.
Too much too fast?:
As we mentioned in the pros section, a juicer offers a quick fix of energy. That is not necessarily always a good thing though. If you juice only fruits, there will be a lot of sugar entering the bloodstream rapidly, which can cause a sudden crash.
The pros of a blender:
Because the entire fruit is used, the resulting drink from blending is thicker in consistency and more smoothie-like. This will keep you feeling fuller for longer and less likely to snack.
Slow burn energy:
The presence of fiber means that a blended drink will take longer to digest. The result is a steady flow of energy throughout the day.
Add for variation:
With a blender, you can add nuts, seeds and yogurts to mix things up and increase the amount of goodness you get from each cup.
The cons of a blender:
Harder to drink:
While the thick consistency will make you feel fuller for longer, it can be a bit difficult to get used to for some and feels more like a meal than a drink.
May require prep:
Some blenders may require you to peel produce before you blend it. Not ideal if you are short on time.
So which is the best?
Overall, your decision to go with a juicer or a blender, having read the benefits and drawbacks of each, may be influenced by your own personal circumstances. For example, dietary requirements or time constraints may cast the deciding vote for some people.
But if we had to choose which is best, we’d go for blender every time. While both have great qualities, it’s the fiber retention that a blender offers that clinches the deal for us. By leaving the fiber in the smoothie, you benefit from the slow, even release of energy throughout the day, opposed to the quick energy spike of a juiced drink. Plus fiber is essential to a healthy digestion system, so it makes absolute sense to pack it into your smoothie with the other nutrients.