Juices vs. Smoothies: What’s the difference?

When juicing, the machine extracts the juice and leaves behind the insoluble fibre (pulp), which can then be utilised as an ingredient for cakes, vegetarian burgers, and more. Blending leaves no left-over pulp because it liquefies the whole fruit or vegetable.

Both juicing and blending are great, healthy options to indulge in on a day-to-day basis. There are however some slight differences:

Both juices and smoothies contain soluble fibre, which is essential in regulating blood sugar as it helps sugar to be absorbed more slowly. It also helps in lowering blood cholesterol by absorbing digestive bile, which is made from cholesterol.

Juicing removes most of the insoluble fibre of the fruit or vegetable. Insoluble fibre is essential in slowing down sugar absorption and to help maintain a healthy digestive tract, so smoothies are a better option when considering this aspect.

However, insoluble fibre also slows down the absorption of nutrients. This is problematic especially when you are ill and need a bucketload of vitamins to speed up your recovery. Drinking juices without insoluble fibre allows the body to absorb 100% of the nutrients.

Should I get a juicer or a blender?

Here’s a breakdown of some important differences between juicers and blenders:

Juicers

  • Function

    It separates the liquid from the pulp and produces pulp-free juice.

  • Operation

    Fruits and vegetables are crushed and squeezed to extract juice.  The pulp is separated from the juice.

  • Types

    Centrifugal juicers, masticating juicers, and triturating juicers.  The most popular are definitely centrifugal juicers.

  • Capacity

    It is only limited to the container you choose to receive the juice.

Blenders

  • Function

    It liquefies the whole fruit or vegetable and creates pulpy juice.  Also used to make dips, soups and sauces.

  • Operation

    A single blade that rotates very quickly to chop up ingredients.

  • Types

    Immersion blenders and counter-top blenders.

  • Capacity

    Depends on the size of the pitcher. Try to opt for large pitchers, with the best size being a 64-ounce one.

You now know the difference between juices and smoothies, the health benefits of both, and whether to get a juicer or a blender. Now, sit down and start juicing and blending!

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