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To Juice or Blend?!

What’s better – juicing or blending?!

If you didn’t already know, I currently reside in Sydney.  The city known for its bridge, opera house, coffee drinkers and juice makers.

To qualify as a ‘proper’ Sydneysider you have to be (at all times) walking around in active wear, holding a skimmed soy latte in one hand and a weird coloured juice in the other.

Sydney skyline and harbour bridge at dusk.

Juices are quite literally everywhere.

Shove 15 different fruits and vegetables into a huge and overly loud machine and out comes a shot sized portion of juice.

$10 please.

The juicing process removes the fibrous parts of the fruit and veg leaving behind what is essentially sugary water.

The fibre in fruit and veg is good for a number of reasons:

  1. It keeps you regular
  2. It keeps your gut healthy and functional
  3. You stay satiated/fuller for longer (meaning you’ll probably eat less later on)
  4. It helps to keep your blood sugar stable

fibre

But what about all of the vitamins in the juice?!

Yes, there will be vitamins left in your juice which is obviously a good thing.  But…in my humble opinion, juicing is basically a pretty inefficient and very expensive version of a standard multivitamin (plus some extra sugar).

On a blender

Blending your fruit and veg is not the same as juicing.  When you blend you retain all of the vitamins along with all of the fibre-y goodness.  If you blend three apples and two carrots, you’ll be consuming four portions of fruit and veg.  If you juiced the same, you definitely won’t be consuming four portions of fruit and veg!

Side note – a NutriBullet is a blender NOT a juicer!

So if you’re going to juice or blend, reach for the blender.