It seems with the huge juicing trend that’s currently sweeping us health fanatics, everyone’s new toy is a new juicer machine. But what happened to the good old-fashioned blender? And which is healthier? Either way, your body will be thankful.
To differentiate the two, juices are made using a juice extractor machine (juicer), which means you get just the juice from the fruits and vegetables that you put in, and not the indigestible fibres found in the plant cell wall. As juice, the extracted liquid, it provides an abundance of nutrients and phytochemicals (plant chemicals, such as antioxidants) to our body cells very quickly, with minimal energy expended on breaking down the bulky fibres. This way the body can utilise all these nutrients in a matter of minutes, rather than hours. Therefore juicing is a fantastic quick fix if you are deficient or low in vitamins and minerals (as most of the population are). It’s also a very agreeable fact, that it’s a lot easier to drink three celery sticks, three apples and handfuls of spinach than it is to eat.
Smoothies made in a blender utilise the whole fruit and vegetable, so if you also want the added benefits of fibre in your drink, stick to blending. All fruits and veg contain insoluble fibre, which doesn’t dissolve during digestion. Instead, it swells up by absorbing water, acting as a bulking agent, helping you feel fuller for longer. This is great if your visits to the toilet aren’t regular or frequent, as it speeds up transit time of food through the digestive system. Fruits and veg also contain soluble fibre, which forms a gel-like substance when it absorbs water. The list of benefits from soluble fibre is endless, but it has been found to lower bad cholesterol, keep blood sugar steady and reduce the risk of obesity.
The recommended amount of fibre in the UK is 18g per day. So if you need more in your diet then stick to blending. Otherwise why not try drinking your veg instead of eating it… it tastes delicious!