The Battle Between Juicing and Smoothies

the-battle-between-juicing-and-smoothiesFor those that are deciding on whether to indulge in a smoothie or have an energizing fresh pressed juice, the struggle is real. While both are extremely beneficial to our overall wellbeing it is important to know the difference between the two and more importantly when each is necessary.  Keep it Simple. Here is a crash course on the differences between smoothies and juices that can be utilized to fuel healthy lifestyles and help to conquer individual goals.

PULP (insoluble fiber)– Although these fibers are absolutely essential for a healthy working digestive system, with juicing; these fibers are filtered out, creating more space for a higher nutrient density as well as higher nutrient absorption. Since smoothies are packed with fibers, it slows down the digestion process, making it more of a meal replacement as opposed to a quick energy boost.

Fit2Run Fitness bar serves made-to-order smoothies and foods based on the fact that they saw a need for people to have more viable energy and nutrition in their lives. “There’s really a need for fresh natural food and drinks in the UTC area, “says Bill Robinson from Fit2Run. Even with shopping and walking around people’s endurance starts to run low. Smoothies are an excellent avenue for sustainable energy throughout the day.

When it comes to juicing, making 1 glass of pressed greens juice it’s going to take at least triple the amount of produce verses a smoothie. Based on your perception this is actually a good thing, the more produce you get into a glass of juice the higher amount of daily servings of vegetables you’re getting for that day!

Doing BOTH smoothies and juicing are extremely beneficial for your body. Having many different forms of healthy liquid foods in your diet is what heals and strengthens your digestive system, therefore strengthening your immune system. 70% of your immune system is stemmed from your colon- having a blocked or toxic colon is what leads to a weakened immune system leading to a higher risk of bacterial, fungal/yeast and viral infections. These are common underlying causes to most diseases.

Karen Odierna, Founder and Chief Mixologist of CROPjuice, received her RN, BSN from the University of Florida. Upon seeing the amazing effects 100% organic leafy green juice had on her friends and family, Odierna decided to create a line of leafy green juices. “Whether it is a smoothie or juice, I support any avenue for one to increase his/her fruit and veggie intake. I personally used to blend smoothies every morning until I discovered cold pressed juices. The work involved in blending is much less than juicing, but the immense benefits I experienced consuming nutrient dense (more leafy greens) pulp free juice made the extra work and cost worthwhile. My cravings for sugar decreased dramatically, my energy levels increased and I never felt sleepy like I sometimes did after consuming a smoothie.

For people that are active, having a greens juice 30-45 minutes before a workout is excellent for blood flow, accelerated tissue and muscle repair and gives the body an abundance of energy. Once done with a workout, doing a beet/greens and fruit juice blend will help with overall recovery due to the minerals from the beets and the glycogen from the fructose. 30-45 minutes after the beet juice is the optimal time to have a protein smoothie.

 

Different Types of Juicers & Blenders

Centrifugal Juicer- These types of juicers have a spinning blade that breaks apart the cell wall and enzymes of the fruits and vegetables, forcing the juice out. As the blade continues to spin, oxygen and heat emits due to friction and speed, causing the integrity of the nutrients to become diminished. Since the enzymes have already been broken apart the juice has a fast oxidation rate, leading to the vitamins to die off quicker. In order to insure there is as much nutrient density as possible, individuals must drink the juice within 15 minutes of production.

Masticating Juicer- Also known as a “cold press machine”. These juicers crush the cell wall, pushing and pressurizing the produce without damaging the integrity of the enzymes within the juice. Due to this process the juice has a longer shelf life (if there is limited exposure to oxygen) and a much higher nutrient density.

Blenders- Usually due to lower speed settings, not many blenders can properly liquefy all the nutrients, therefore leaving larger food particles. The larger the food particles the longer it takes to break down and absorb into the system as energy. Smaller “cup size” blenders are excellent for on the go smoothies, getting as much nutrients packed in at once. For higher “horse power” blenders, there are much smaller food particles. Therefore, known for aiding in better absorption and having a much smoother texture.

Contrary to popular belief, juices and smoothies that are mass produced and bought in a grocery store are not the same thing as fresh pressed/cold pressed juice or fresh smoothies. They are always pasteurized and most of the time, from concentrate. Both processes involve heat, therefore killing all enzymes & naturally occurring vitamins within the juice.” Juice from concentrate”, means that the juice was boiled down to syrup and reconstituted with water, which has little to no nutritional value. The healthy natural fructose sugars that were once beneficial are now just as harmful as any other processed sugar. By continuing to stay mindful of the differences and effects of Smoothies vs. Juicing a healthy lifestyle can and will be achieved.

To learn more and try local organic cold pressed juices & smoothies visit CropJuiceSRQ.com or Fit2run.com/253/Juice-Bar/. For more information on Nutrition, Juicing and Smoothies contact Jaqlyn Tinaro CNC/Microscopist at VirtueOfHealth.com.