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JUICING VS. BLENDING - WHICH ONE IS BETTER?

Juicing History-

Dr. Max Gerson was the first to put forth the concept that diet could be used as cancer (and other disease) therapy, but it wasn’t until the 1930s, when author and raw food proponent Dr. Norman Walker invented the first juicing machine that juicing became widely available.

Around the mid-1950s, the Champion machine, the first masticating juicer, was invented. The high speed (4,000 rpm) of the turning rod causes friction, which heats the juice and destroys the live enzymes and other nutrients.

In 1993, the world’s first twin-gear juice extractor, called the Greenpower juicer, was produced. It’s based on the old mortar-and-pestle method of pressing out the maximum living nutrients from fruits and vegetables without losing them to heat.

Nowadays, people who want to embark on a healthy lifestyle will enjoy lots of juicer brands and configurations to choose from.

Blending Takes Over Juicing-

A problem long realized by nutitionists and doctors was that juicers remove the fiber in the juicing process. As we now know, the fiber contained from the fruits and vegetables is just as important as the nutrients contained in the juice extraction. As a result, fruit and vegetable blending has become all the rage during the past 20 years providing the best of both worlds, juice and fiber.

Juicing vs Blending- Pros & Cons

There are pros and cons to both juicing and blending. Juicing provides a very nutrient-dense beverage in a smaller amount of liquid. For those who need a low-fiber diet, juicing may be a better option. It’s important to note that the portion size of juice should be smaller than a blended beverage. Otherwise, you can get many calories from sugar in that cup of juice. Juicing can also be more expensive, as you have to use a greater volume of produce (for example, about 2 oranges, 1 stem of kale, ½ red pepper, 1 cup berries, and 1 stalk broccoli will make about one cup of juice but about 3 cups of smoothie).

With smoothies (using a blender) you retain the fiber, which can help you feel fuller and improve your digestive health. In addition, you can add other types of foods to smoothies like nuts, seeds, and yogurts to increase your intake of healthy protein and fats. The only real negative to blending smoothies is that this drink can be extremely thick and may take some time to get used to although adding some water to your concoction can alleviate this issue somewhat.

MY RECOMMENDATION-

Always go for blending over juicing when given the choice. Most Americans don’t get nearly enough fiber in their diet and we now realize how important fiber is to gut health which, in turn, is critical to our overall health. Blending is also more economical and versatile. You’ll waste almost nothing when blending fruits and vegetables and blending allows the addition of various herbs, nuts, and seeds to your smoothie recipe.

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