Juicing vs. Blending

Many people ask, “Should I be juicing or blending?” The answer depends on the benefits you desire.

If you are trying to get more produce in your diet, blending is a good option that provides an easy-to-consume way to get the whole fruit and veggie into your body, giving you all the nutrients AND the fiber. The fiber slows the impact of the sugars into your bloodstream and is essential for healthy digestion.

If you already consume a lot of produce and you would like a quick easy way to get a nutrient boost, juicing will provide a compact form of nutrients that your body can quickly absorb and use. To reduce the impact on your blood sugar limit quantities of higher sugar produce such as fruits and carrots and focus on greens, grasses, celery, cucumber and lower sugar veggies.

There are many juicers and blenders available and choosing one can be difficult. When it comes to juicers, invest in a good masticating juicer. Centrifugal juicers can build up heat which will destroy some nutrients and they oxygenate the juice more than masticating juicers which will cause the juice to break down more quickly (shelf life is much shorter). Also my experience has been that the masticating juicer gets more juice out of the produce resulting in much drier pulp.

For recommendations on juicers check this page: http://gerson.org/gerpress/gerson-guide-to-juicers/

The main concern with blenders, on the other hand, is how well it can break the produce down into a smooth drinkable form. The Vitamix is the ultimate blender of choice, but is a bit pricey. My peers have told me you can accomplish a lot of what the Vitamix can do with the NutriBullet, just in smaller quantities. The Ninja is another that I’ve heard good things about. The number one thing I look for in a blender is a good blade assembly with blades set at a higher angle (not flat). A deeper angled blade will create better movement, and better blending.



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