We all know that we should probably be eating more fruit and veg and often look for the quick and easy way to help cram those extra portions into our busy everyday lives. The recent juicing and blending trend has left us answering a lot of questions from customers along the lines of ‘what’s the difference between juicing and blending?’ So here we are to help answer your (fat) burning questions!
A juicer works by extracting the juice from the fruit or vegetables using varying methods but will always remove the pulp which contains all the fibre. This means that it extracts a lot more nutrition into your glass and without the fibre you can absorb 100% of the nutrients. Juice is great because you can drink it alongside a meal, meaning double the nutrition unlike smoothies which can be a meal in themselves!
A blender will blitz up the whole fruit and vegetable, pulp, skins and seeds included! This will give you a smoothie containing all of the fruits juice and fibre. Fibre is good for you but slows down the absorption of sugar and nutrients which will give a slower release of nutrients leaving you fuller for longer.
The long and short of it is – Juicing gives you a quick release of nutrients and energy and blending gives a slower release meaning you feel fuller for longer!
Here’s a quick breakdown of the different types of juicers and blenders available:
A Centrifugal Juicer can extract juice from almost any fruit or vegetable. The produce is fed through the top of the machine and pressed onto a spiked plate where it’s torn to a pulp and the juice is released.
Slow and steady wins the race – that’s the saying isn’t it? A cold press juicer or masticating juicer as they are also called utilizes low speeds to crush the fruit, including peel and seeds which is then slowly pressed through a mesh screen. The slow crushing of whole fruits means that it doesn’t come into any contact with heat, keeping all the lovely enzymes, vitamins and nutrients in your juice.
Blenders have extremely powerful motors in their base. Unlike food processors, blenders have a number of different speed settings to accomplish different tasks. The narrow jug on a blender keeps food in close contact with the blades for very rapid liquidising. Use a very slow speed for crushing ice, a medium speed for chopping herbs, pulping tomatoes or mixing pancake batter or at a high speed for the ultimate smoothie maker.
A personal blender or mini blender is often simply a smaller capacity version of a standard kitchen blender. Mini blenders such as the Nutri Ninja Blender and Nutri Bullet Blender are mostly used for whizzing up healthy smoothies and usually come with their own blender bottles so you can take your smoothie to go. They aren’t just for smoothies though, they can be used to crush ice, blend soups and sauces just like their larger counterparts but in a smaller quantities.