The juicer versus blender argument is an extremely hot topic in the fitness and health conscious community. Some say blenders are healthier, while the others say juicers are more efficient. But we are here to settle this debate once and for all by putting out the cold, hard facts regarding these two kitchen titans. First of all we need to take a look at how they work, before we can take any final decisions regarding which one is better.
Something About Juicer and Blender
A juicer works by separating the pulp from the juice, a process that leaves us with pure and insoluble-fiber free nutrient. Insoluble fibers are the fibers that aid in increasing the mass of food, and these are also helpful in clearing out the digestive tract.
However, insoluble fibers slow down digestion and that is why juices from a juicer can be digested faster, to provide instantaneous energy for workouts or fitness training, since there is no fiber content in the glass, you can pack more fruit and vegetable nutrients into less space.
Juicers can be either centrifugal or masticated- centrifugal juicers are faster and smaller but may destroy some of the nutrients due to excess heat production by the centrifugal blades. Mastication juicers are bigger and slower, but they release more nutrients into the juice and their operation does not involve any heat. Click here to ready more about slow juicer.
A blender’s operation process is rather simple. You throw in whatever you wish, and the machine then “blends” everything into a thick, fine pulp. You can make the blender produce thinner smoothies and juices by adding more liquid content. Normally with blenders, the bigger one is almost always better.
Blenders only rely on sheer horsepower to mix and mash their ingredients, so the more horsepower you have the faster your blades will rotate, and the smoother your output will be. You get what you put into the blender, nothing more and nothing less. Blenders do not separate the fiber from the juice so the result is much thicker and takes longer to digest than juice.
Smoothies are best prepared with blenders since they can deal with harder ingredients more easily compared to a juicer, and often produce faster results. But smoothies need more space to contain the same amount of nutrient as juice, and they will also keep you full for longer. The insoluble fibers are good quenching appetite and cleaning your bowels.
10 Aspects Comparison Between Juicer and Blender
Now, let us take a look at how these two compare against each other across various categories:
As the name implies, juicing is best done on a juicer. If your primary goal is to prepare a nutrient rich fruit and vegetable juice that is easy to digest, then a good juicer is what you are looking for.
You can create juices on a blender as well, but you need to water it down to make the juice thinner and easier to drink. This means that you need 1.5 glasses of juice from a blender to get the same amount of nutrients as 1 glass of juice of a juicer. Not to mention the fact that you will digest that 1.5 glasses at a slower rate.
However, if you don’t need instant nutrient absorption and want a healthier, cleaner digestive tract then a blender will do the job just fine.
This requires no explanation, since the best smoothies are obviously prepared by a blender. Smoothie making is something we only associate with blenders, because they can make a thick, delicious pulp out of anything. Ice cubes, cream, vegetables, fruit, egg, all can be mixed and reduced to a fine pulp inside a blender.
A good vegetable and fruit smoothie is supposed to be thick and have a heavy, pulpy texture. That is something only a blender can do since it retains the dietary fibers instead of throwing them away like a juicer.
Probably the most important factor in deciding between the two, nutrition plays a pivotal role in this debate. In the case of a juicer, you always get highly digestible and concentrated output. By concentrated, we mean only the nutrient-rich fluids and zero indigestible pulp is extracted from your fruits and vegetables.
However, in the case of some vegetables and fruits, even the pulp holds certain minerals and nutrients so you might miss out on that extra bit with a juicer. But in most cases a juicer delivers more nutrients in a lesser volume than a blender. A blender grinds up everything and hence it needs less input than a juicer to deliver a glass of smoothie or juice. That means you save money on fruits and veggies at the cost of a slight decrease in digestion speed.
We all know that insoluble and indigestible fibers form an integral part of our daily diet. They are absolutely essential to keeping your colon clean, and aid in maintaining a fuller bowel. You are less likely to feel hungry if you eat more fiber, and are more likely to drink water to digest that fiber.
Juicers deliver zero fiber content, at least the indigestible type. With blenders you get a balanced meal from every glass, complete wit nutrients, fluids, and fiber. True, it takes longer to digest but it is also healthier for your digestive system. And you are less likely to take that occasional snack between meals if you consume a glass of blended juice. Clearly, the blender wins this battle.
Both the juicer and the blender encourage a healthy, green, and fat-free diet. However, the blender allows you to make much more stuff than a juicer.
A juicer can crush fruits and vegetables, but that’s about it. It is only good at creating juices. A blender on the other hand, depending on how powerful it is, can be used to create juices, smoothies, pulps, mixes, shakes, and much more. You can drop in eggs, meat, milk, protein rich foods, and vegetables to create your very own all-in-one nutrient rich diet.
A powerful blender can literally grind through any food item that you throw into the jar. Nuts, ice, meat, nothing is safe from the destructive power of a blender. Just know that you might need to water down your juice with blender in order to make it more “drinkable”, so there also a need for extra sugar or whatever sweetening agent you add.
That results in increased calorific intake. With a blender, there are definitely more things to do, but if all you want is pure, unadulterated juice, then get a juicer.
Both the blender as well as the juicer can handle vegetables such as kale, celery, cucumber, radish, tomatoes, etc.
But a blender can also handle harder substances such as certain nuts, like the butternut squash. One of the benefits of juicing is that you can squeeze more vegetables into each serving, because there are no insoluble fibers in juicer output. Blenders on the other hand, need more space to pack the same amount of nutrient, and offer lesser nutrients per glass of vegetable juice. But, you also need to use less vegetable to get one glass of vegetable juice with a blender.
In the case of a juicer, since the output is more concentrated, you need to use more vegetables per glass of juice so there are slight extra costs with a juice if you want the extra nutrients.
With juicers and blenders, you can easily create the fruit shake or cocktail of your dreams since both are excellent at handling stuff such as apples, grapes, pomegranate, etc. But there are certain fruits with low water content that you can put into a blender, but cannot put into a juicer.
An example would be the banana. You can make a banana and milk shake in a blender, but you cannot make banana juice in a juicer.
However, when it comes to fruits like grapes, the choice between a blender and juicer comes down to personal preference. If you want pure, pulp-free juice, then get a juicer. If you like to eat fruit pulp in your juice, then a blender is better. You can mix both fruit and vegetables to create new and interesting smoothies in a blender.
Detox is the process of cleaning out the impurities from your body, and in this case we will discuss which one amongst the juicer and blender, is better for cleaning your digestive system.
Detoxing your digestive system involves cleaning the stomach and colon linings, as well as soaking away the toxins from the cells in your digestive system. The most essential part of this process is insoluble, indigestible, dietary fiber.
And if you have been following us up until now, you know very well that the blender is superior to the juicer in this aspect. Since juicers separate the fiber-rich pulp from the vegetables and fruits, you get zero indigestible dietary fibers in juice obtained from a juicer. In the case of juice or smoothies obtained from a blender, you still retain 100% of the dietary fibers that aid in keeping your inner body clean and free of toxins.
9. Weight Loss
Now, this is one aspect of the puzzle that can swing either way between the juicer and blender.
Juicers produce content that is fiber free, concentrated with nutrients, and easily digestible. But digestion process results in the increase of blood sugar levels since it is this sugar that is converted to energy for the muscles and organs. The faster the digestive process, the more sudden is the spike in blood sugar levels. For people with heart or pancreatic issues this can be bad since their body cannot process the sugar and it accumulates as fat.
In the case of blenders, the digestive process is much slower hence the sugar spike curve is much more evenly distributed over time. The body can cope with the small, gradual release of blood sugar and efficiently converts it to energy. So, there is no accumulation of fat. Also, blender juice has dietary fibers that cause you to feel fuller and you are less likely to eat between meals because of that. This indirectly helps in keeping your weight under control.
Cleansing is associated with the healthy passage of stool and proper bowel movements. Just like detoxing, cleansing also relies on the presence of dietary fibers. Absence of dietary fibers in your food can often lead to problems like constipation, indigestion, and bowel pain.
To prevent that from happening, you must consume 200-300 g of dietary fiber daily. The blender is an incredible place to start, since it allows you to comfortably mix up all those veggies and fruits into a thick, pulpy, smoothie that contains a bunch of nutrients and fiber. Juicers are out of the equation due to their inability to retain pulp or fiber.
Should you juice, or should you blend?
Both the juicer as well as the blender have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it would be unfair to rate any one of them as being “better” than the other based off one strength. Juicers are better with juices, blenders are better with smoothies. Juicers pack more nutrients per glass, while blenders have better cleansing and detox properties.
So, instead of deciding which is better or worse, you should weigh the pros and cons of each machine, and choose one that fits your needs, i.e., choose something that is best for you. If you want to buy a juicer, go to juicer buying guide page to get more tips.
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