Juicer vs Blender: At a glance
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|Type||Juicer||Cold Press Juicer||Blender|
|Description||Extracts only the juice, separating the pulp (insoluble fiber)||Extracts the juice in a slow, controlled manner||Crushes everything into a more liquid form|
|Fiber||Soluble fiber only||Soluble fiber and some insoluble fiber||Both soluble and insoluble fiber|
|Nutrients density||Very high||Highest||Lower than juicing|
|Digestive health||Slows digestion||Balanced to slow digestion and reduce constipation||Speeds up digestion, good for constipation|
|Blood sugar and insulin||Great for controlling blood sugar and insulin sensitivity||Great for controlling blood sugar and insulin levels||Good for controlling blood sugar and insulin sensitivity|
|Ingredient flexibility||Not all fruits can be put through a juicer||Not all fruits can be put through a juicer||You can blend anything!|
|Satiety||Lesser than blending||More filling than traditional juices but less than smoothie blends||Very high|
|Recommended for||More nutrient absorption without feeling full, while controlling blood sugar and insulin sensitivity||Best for most people who are trying to get a balance of vitamins and minerals, control blood sugar levels and without constant hunger pangs||Wider range of fruits can be blended, thus allowing more flavors. Great for digestive health and appetite control or weight loss without adverse effects on blood sugar and insulin sensitivity|
2 key facts
1) Juicing separates the pulp from the juice, where pulp is insoluble fiber
2) Blending pulverizes everything that you put into the blender without any separation
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JUICING AND BLENDING EXPLAINED
When you put a fruit or vegetable through a juicer, it squeezes the juice out of the fruit or vegetable and leaves behind pulp. To visualize this, imagine squeezing an orange with your bare hands. You drink only what you squeeze out, and not what is left in your hands. This is a juicer. In the case of a blender, the “finished product” is the entire orange in a crushed form. Looking back at the bare hands example, you will be drinking the juice and eating what is in your hands. The juice contains most of the nutrients, in the form of vitamins and minerals, and these are essential for our health. It is important to note that although the pulp is removed from the juice, the juice still contains soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to slow digestion and maintain blood sugar and insulin levels. What then is the role of insoluble fiber? Insoluble fiber is great for our digestive health and preventing or reducing constipation. This is why blending fruits and vegetables (or eating them in their solid form) is extremely effective for digestion and bowel movement. As it is insoluble, you will feel more full or satiated if you drink a blended smoothie as compared to a juice. In addition, a blender is able to crush and grind a larger variety of fruits and vegetables compared to a juicer. Certain fruits like avocados do not have enough water content to have anything much to extract. In this regard, blenders allow you more variety when it comes to creating your own recipes. Blenders also have a role in food processing such as kneading dough or crushing ice, so it is more versatile as a food processing tool.
WHICH IS BETTER: A JUICER OR A BLENDER?
This depends on what you are trying to achieve and your personal lifestyle. For example, athletes who already consume a lot of meat might want to buy a juicer and create kale-based or wheatgrass-based juices to supplement their diet. Other working adults may consider buying a good blender to make smoothies which can be consumed as meal replacements. Drinking a blended smoothie is much faster and more convenient than eating, so it is great for busy people. For those looking to lose weight, smoothies are also great because the insoluble fiber keeps you full therefore reducing the hunger pangs associated with typical starvation-type diets. Just changing up your diet to include juices or smoothies is also refreshing and helps to break away from the usual, mundane food you might be eating all the time. Some of you would have realised by now that there is one column in the above table which we have not covered so we are not going to end this article with a “it depends”. If you have a specific goal in mind, then choosing between a juicer or blender will just depend on your goals. Luckily, technology has given us options beyond the “conventional blender vs conventional juicer” question. (PS: a conventional juicer is a centrifugal juicer)
INTRODUCING THE COLD PRESS JUICER!
The term “cold press” is used because it is similar to a slow grinding action therefore less heat is given off during the juicing process. As such, cold pressed juices can be made with less noise and retains more nutrients because the process produces less heat. Lastly, there is more fiber retained in cold pressed juices compared to juices made using centrifugal juicers. This greatly increases its ability to keep you full for a longer period of time. For these reasons, it is obvious that cold press juicers, also known as masticating juicers, are the best choice for most people. Cold pressed juices give you the vitamins and minerals for a healthier diet and can be used as proper meal replacements when trying to lose weight. The only time we recommend buying a blender is if you are looking to process food. Now that you know what you need, which juicer or blender is the best?