Smoothies vs Juice: The Pros and Cons

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It is well known that fruits and vegetables are great for the body, and the goal usually is to have as much of the vitamins, nutrients and minerals as possible. However, sometimes it gets boring to just eat a raw apple, or a carrot. Two ways to transform fruits and vegetable is by making smoothies and juices with them. Of course, one can be curious as to what are the pros and cons of these processes.

Some may ask, what is the difference between smoothies and juicing? Well, smoothies are fruits and/or vegetables blended to become a creamy smooth liquid. On the other hand, juice is blended fruits and/or vegetables, and then strained in order to separate the pulp from the juice of the fruit or vegetable.

Making a smoothies has many benefits. One of them being that you will get more fiber out of the fruits and vegetable. When you make a smoothie, the pulp is usually not removed, which contains most of the dietary fiber needed. Juices, for the most part lack fiber due to the removal of the pulp. Choosing a juice over a smoothie may also not be as satisfying. Fiber is very essential for long-term health. It helps flush cholesterol out of the body, that can cause heart issues. It also avoids constipation because it gets your digestive system moving.

Juicing can be messy and time consuming. Having to remove the pulp creates wastes and requires more time. According to an Environmental Protection Agency, in 2010, fruits and vegetables accounted for more than half of waste in America. Blending the produce can be efficient, you’re getting all the goodness of the fruit and vegetable. Using a juicer increases waste as you eliminate the pulp, resulting in throwing away some fresh, nutritious juice.

For those who are in a low-fiber diet, juicing may be just the right process for you. As mentioned before, juicing removes the pulp out of the fruit and vegetable. It does still have some fiber, but obviously, not a much as a smoothie. Also, juicing can be calorie controlled because you won’t be adding fillers such as milk or yogurt in order to obtain the smoothness in smoothies.

Juicing can also be easier to digest. Due to the pulp being stripped, that’s one less process your body goes through. It quickly allows your body to absorb all the nutrients in the juice. However, juicing is not a good method of a meal replacement. Juice is simply water, sugar, and nutrients, making you get hungry sooner.

On the other hand, smoothies can result in calorie overload. Smoothies usually contain milk, yogurt, peanut butter and avocados, which can make the calories escalate. Therefore, it is suggested to be considerate with the ingredients and portion sizes. Of course that is if you’re concerned with your calorie intake.

As demonstrated, both using a blender and a juicer can have its benefits depending on what your goals are. It is important to have a plan. You won’t like having produce spoil in your refrigerator. A solution to this can be buying frozen fruits and vegetables. However, these are easier to use to make smoothies rather than juice. Not impossible, just more difficult. Also it is important to know that having either a blender or juicer requires extra time for maintenance, they must be cleaned after every use.

Now, which one will you choose? A smoothie or a juice?


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