- Juicing requires very little digestion, so if you are experiencing problems with fiber (due to illness or otherwise), then juice is the best way to increase your nutrients without stressing your digestive tract.
- Smoothies require additional digestion to extract the nutrients from the plant fibers, but the fiber helps with elimination on its way out.
- Juicing is a more concentrated, rapid source of nutrients, because the nutrients are readily available, and you can drink much more because there’s no fiber to fill you up.
- If you’re one of those people who hate to eat green vegetables, then juicing is a great way to get all of your daily nutrients in just a few swallows.
- Some professionals postulate that the chewing action required by food is a necessary part of the digestive process, so according to that theory, if you’re drinking a chunkysmoothie that requires a bit of jaw action, you may be taking the healthier route.
- If your goal is a complete cleanse, fiber is usually discouraged so the body can use the energy it saves from the digestive process to heal and cleanse, thus making juice the best option.
When it comes right down to it, the decision to drink juices or smoothies (or a combination of the two) depends upon your goals. If you’re healthy and just want to add some extra nutrients into your diet, then smoothies are a great idea.
If you don’t like the texture of ground fruits and veggies, are short on time, or want the extra burst of nutrients without feeling full, then you may prefer juice. As with all decisions about your body, do your research and make an educated choice based upon what’s personally best for you.
Whether you’re making a juice or a smoothie, you’re going to need a good piece of equipment to take your produce from chewable to drinkable. There are dozens of different blenders and juicers on the market, and what kind you need depends upon a few different variables, including:
- How often are you going to use it?
- What are you going to be blending or juicing?
- How many people are you using it for?
- How much space do you have?
- How quiet do you need it to be?
- How much money do you have to spend?