I use a Hamilton Beach Masticating Blender - works the best on juicing greens, and I use a Ninja Blender for blending smoothies. Both work wonderfully and are very easy to clean.
As you've happily skipped along your path to Wellville, you more than likely have encountered the fantastic concept of juicing or blending as an easier way to get in your daily servings of fruits and veggies, and it certainly is, but which one should you incorporate into your diet and why? It may seem a bit confusing, but you'll soon realize it's another one of those things that seem more difficult on paper than it is in real life.
- Juicing fruits and vegetables extracts the juice, which is the water content along with most of the nutrients (70%) leaving behind the pulp, aka insoluble fiber (which can be used in recipes or composted). A massive 20 pounds of fruits and veggies can be consumed in juice in one day! Impressive isn’t it -eating 20 pounds of fruit & veg in one day would be quite a task.
- Blending pulverizes the whole fruits and vegetables into a smoothie leaving no pulp behind. The insoluble fiber is still in-tact. If the pulp is not removed, then it's not juicing no matter what the marketing on the box says.
While all fruits and veggies have both soluble and insoluble fiber, each will generally be higher in one than the other. Soluble fiber absorbs water while it passes through your digestive tract (it also absorbs cholesterol particles and other nasties and removes them from your body). By absorbing water the soluble fiber bulks up stools to help guard against diarrhea. Insoluble fiber cleans and strengthens your bowels and helps prevent constipation. With these unique qualities, both help keep blood sugar from spiking, aid in detoxification, weight-loss, and overall health, but when insoluble fiber is intact, your body must work harder to break down the fiber in order to make use of the nutrients.
Both are highly effective ways to add more life to your years and both offer a superb method of detoxification, weight-loss, insulin balance, as well as impressive nutrient profiles. So, for most it really is a matter of preference. For me, it depends on my mood, I adore a textured green smoothie made with kale, but there’s nothing more refreshing than an apple, carrot and ginger juice in the morning. If you have specific needs read below. Also, be sure to always consume your juiced or blended drink on an empty stomach to maximize vitamin and mineral uptake and please make every effort to use organic produce.
If you’d just like an easier way to add in more fruits and veggies to your diet and are generally healthy without digestive issues, then blending is perfect for you. It is much easier to drink 7 servings of whole fruits and veggies than to chew seven servings, and as a matter of simplicity, it’s much more convenient to blend them and pack along in a thermos instead of chopping a big salad. Although it’s pre-broken down by blending, the presence insoluble fiber means your body still has a lot work to do to assimilate the vitamins and minerals, so it’s a slower process than juicing.
I recommend juicing for those who are recovering from illness, chemotherapy, have chronic illness such as fibromyalgia or digestive issues to benefit from the quick and maximum absorption of nutrients offered with juicing. Many times, people who are dealing with chronic illness have little to no appetite and juicing is a powerful way to get vital nutrients to their depleted bodies and since the soluble fiber is still intact with juicing, you will still be getting a good source of fiber, the nutrients won’t have to compete so hard to be heard. With juicing, since your body can’t distinguish between the juice or water it treats them the same way allowing for absorption in only about twenty minutes.