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Juicing vs. Blending: What's the Difference?

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If you want to get more fruit and vegetables into your diet, making juice or smoothies at home can be a great solution. Both make it easier to consume these nutritious foods by liquefying them, but there are actually quite a few differences between juicing and blending. Find which one is better for your body and lifestyle. 

Should You Be Juicing? 
In its simplest form, juicing takes the liquid from a fruit or vegetable and squeezes it out, removing the rest of its parts, like pulp, skin or seeds. Juicers typically have multiple compartments, including one for the juice and another for the separated roughage. 

Juicing allows people to get a more concentrated dose of fruits or vegetables than blending or eating, because the other parts aren't taking any space. For example, a 6-ounce glass of apple juice would use more apples and more nutrients than a 6-ounce apple smoothie. It's much more nutrient rich.  

Juicing allows you to fit more fruits and vegetables in every cup.

Because juicing takes out the pulp and skin, there's no insoluble fiber. This makes juice easier to digest and may be beneficial to people with digestive problems or illnesses, including the elderly. Juice also absorbs more quickly into the blood stream, which can create a spike in blood sugar, and lead to a quick burst of energy. 

Some people juice their greens rather than blend or eat them because they don't like that grassy, vegetable taste. Juices are also much easier to drink and perfect for someone who's always on the go or needs help getting a few extra vitamins and minerals. 

Should You Be Blending?
When you use your performance blender to make a drink with fruits and vegetables, you're blending. This can be a smoothie or a whole juice, but the key difference between blending and juicing is that blending helps retain every part of the fruit or vegetables, like skin. 

By keeping every part of the fruit or vegetable, blending allows you to reap the maximum amount nutrients from the food - you know you're getting all of it. Blending also leaves in pulp and other insoluble fibers, which can actually help digestive functions. Additionally, blended drinks release in the system slower, preventing a sugar spike and ensuring a slower release of energy. 

When you blend a drink, you get all of the nutrients of the whole fruit or vegetable.

Blending also allows you to use food that can't be juiced, like bananas or avocados. Blended drinks are typically fairly filling and can fuel you for a long time. The only way blended drinks are quick, is when it comes to making one. All you need to do it toss the ingredients you want in you performance blender and turn it on. It's also easy to clean afterward.

Like many aspects of nutrition, there's no easy answer to which is healthier - juicing or blending - it comes down to personal preference and how your body reacts. Both can help you consume a greater number of fruits and vegetables quickly.