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.