Juicing vs. Blending: Which One Is Better?

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This is a question that we get asked all the time. Which is better: juicing or blending? Does one offer more health benefits than the other? Juices and smoothies both play an important role in any wellness program and we discuss the benefits of each in both of our films, Food Matters and Hungry For Change. We believe that both juicing and blending are very beneficial, but in different ways.

Here is a short comparison that explains the differences between the two as well as some of the specific benefits of each.

What’s The Difference?


Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce  and discards the indigestible fiber.  

Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.

This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. Jason Vale calls juicing “A nutrient express!”

Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.

A word of caution: When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly. If you are only juicing fruits, this would cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar  levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more!Fiber is also filling and without fiber in the juice, some people tend to get hungry again quickly.


Unlike juices, smoothies consist  of the entire entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables.
However, the blending process breaks the fibre apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest ) but also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.

By including the fiber in your smoothie, the volume will increase. Also, you can pack more servings of fruits and veggies into a single serving of juice than you can into a smoothie.

Fiber is also filling and without fiber in the juice, some people tend to get hungry again quickly.

Juicing and Blending Rules

1. It’s best not to combine fruits and vegetables (unless it’s apple). This can affect how well your digestive enzymes function.

This doesn’t seem to matter too much in green juices and smoothies, but vegetables like carrots, beetroots, broccoli and zucchini don’t combine well with fruit due to their high starch content. 
In his book Food Combining Made Easy, Dr. Herbert Shelton explains that starchy foods have to be eaten alone because starches are digested with enzymes different from those used for any other food group. Combining starchy foods with fruit may cause fermentation and gas. However, Dr. Shelton found that green leafy veggies combine well with pretty much everything.

2. Try to drink your juice or smoothie straight away. After 15 minutes, light and air will destroy much of the nutrients. If you can’t drink it straight away, transfer to a dark airtight container until you’re ready.

Using The Right Equipment

To get the most benefit from your juices and smoothies, it’s important to use the right equipment. Invest in a good-quality juicer. Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy the enzymes and nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. While it may cost you a bit more initially, a premium cold-press juicer will produce a superior-quality juice and allow you to extract more from your fruit and vegetables, saving expense in the long-term.

The machines themselves will also generally last longer. In contrast to the rough extraction of centrifugal juicers, mastication or cold-press juicers compress fruit and vegetables to ‘squeeze’ out their juice.

The same goes for a blender. You want a blender that is gentle on your produce and doesn’t heat up the enzymes as it’s pulling apart the fibres. We spend money on gadgets, clothes, restaurants and other luxuries so, if you can afford it, investing in your health by buying a quality juicer or blender is totally worth it.


Juicing for Health and Weight Loss

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Ready to give juicing a whirl? It’s an easy way to get more fruits and veggies into your diet.

Before you get started, you should know a few things about what you can expect juicing to do for you, and what’s just hype.

The Biggest Advantage

“If you’re not big into fruits and vegetables, it’s a good way to get them in,” says nutritionist Jennifer Barr, RD, of Wilmington, DE. You should still eat fruits and vegetables, too, says Manuel Villacorta, RD, founder of Eating Free, a weight management program.

Aim to eat two whole fruits and three to four vegetables a day. Choose them in different colors,  so you get a good mix of vitamins and minerals, Barr says.

Fiber Factor

When you juice, you don’t get the fiber that’s in whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing machines extract the juice and leave behind the pulp, which has fiber.

So you don’t miss out on the fiber, you can add some of the pulp back into the juice or use it in cooking.

Barr adds it to muffin batter, or to make broth for cooking soup, rice, and pasta. That’s “going the extra step to fortify your meals,” she says.

Do You Need a Juicing Machine?

Juicers can be expensive, ranging from $50 to $400. Some more expensive juicers will break down a lot of the fruit by grinding the core, rind, and seeds, Barr says.

You may not need a juicing machine to make juice. You can use a blender for most whole fruits or vegetables to keep the fiber. Add water if it becomes too thick, Villacorta says. You’ll want to remove seeds and rinds, and some skins.

Once your juice is ready, it’s best to drink it the same day you make it, for food safety. Wash your blender or juice machine thoroughly, so it’s ready for your next batch.

Watch the Calories

How many calories are in your juice? That depends on what’s in it.

“You could be taking up to four fruits, and now the calories start adding up. If you use vegetables to juice, the calories are a lot less. If they use mainly vegetables, add an apple or kiwi for flavor. Calories are a concern if it’s pure fruit juice,” Villacorta says.

You can make your juice more balanced by adding protein. Some good sources are almond milk, Greek yogurt, flaxseed, and peanut butter.

This article, written by Anna Nguyen, originally appeared on WebMD.com

Do You Need Personal Accident Insurance?

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Many people assume that they do not need personal accident insurance because nothing is going to happen and if it does then they will deal with it. However, unfortunately when something does happen they may not be the only ones dealing with it. Their spouse, family, children, co-workers, and friends may also be left to deal with it and this can be a huge burden on everyone involved. It is simply not possible to predict what will happen in life and every day someone dies of an accident. What happens to that person’s family? They are left dealing with the emotions of losing someone suddenly, as well as planning a funeral and trying to manage everything else. It becomes too difficult to handle for the people who are left behind.

Personal accident insurance can cover an individual if they become blind, deaf, hemiplegic, paraplegic, or quadriplegic. It also helps if someone loses the use of their extremities. You don’t have to be married to qualify for personal accident insurance coverage. You can be single and making plans for your future. You are still protecting those who love you. If you are married, you can cover yourself, your spouse, and your children as well. You need to be between the ages of 18 and 69 to be eligible for insurance coverage and you must also live in Australia.

Guardian Insurance has been in business for many years providing insurance coverage and peace of mind for those who need it most. Insurance is something that you don’t normally buy until you are ready and Guardian understands that and offers the ultimate coverage plans to ensure peace of mind for you and coverage benefits for those who mean a lot to you.

Even if you didn’t get out of your home and never got into a vehicle to go anywhere, there is still a chance of an accident occurring in the home. In fact, many accidents occur inside the home and not outside. That is because people let their guard down when they are in the home and that is when they are more vulnerable for accidents. Everyone needs to have personal accident insurance to protect them from these˜what if’s’ in life.

Guardian Insurance can provide protection that will cover you no matter what. Now that you know you need to have personal accident insurance coverage how much insurance is going to be enough? Guardian Insurance agents can help you come up with an amount that you can feel comfortable with but determine what your yearly salary is per year and multiply that by five. This will give you an estimate of how much insurance you may need. You can go as high as seven but five is ideal and usually more within range. It may seem like you are covering a lot but the fact is, if something was to happen to you and you are the primary income provider then your family will need to be protected and able to recover before they can create another means of income.

As you see, protection is something that everyone needs. Protect you and your family today with personal accident insurance.

This article was originally written by Jon Elder at www.freemoneywisdom.com