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The Most Important Thing When You’re Juicing for Health: Why You Should Blend Your Fruits and Juice Your Veggies

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The more I juice and blend, the more I think that each is not complete on its own. Both juicing and blending are delicious, effective ways to drink your nutrition but the unique advantages of each make them a perfect complement to each other, with one picking up where the other left off.

Read more about the differences between blending and juicing.

The Different Structures of Veggies vs Fruits

One area where you can most benefit from the crucial difference between blenders and juicers is when it comes to deciding which way to consume your fruits and vegetables. In general, vegetables contain cellulose, a fiber that is hard to digest and often poorly digested in humans. If you suffer from digestive distress such as gas, bloating, or even abdominal pain after eating raw vegetables, then your digestive tract is not yet up to the task of digesting raw vegetables.

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This is what makes raw vegetables ideal for juicing. It’s hard for our stomachs to extract the maximum nutrients from veggies (unless you chew and really chew) and juicers do that work for you. What would normally take your body a few hours to try to digest is processed through the juicer so that your body can digest the nutrients from veggies in less than half an hour.

Fruits, on the other hand, are generally mushier. For example, you can easily crush a blueberry with your fingers and get some juice from it. I don’t know anyone who can do the same with a carrot.

The fibers in fruit are softer and much easier to digest. Most people can usually digest raw, whole fruits in about half an hour. Blending them does what chewing would do, making it even easier to digest but with the fiber still intact.

Juicing fruit, on the other hand, is not as efficient. What I mean is that when you juice fruit (especially soft fruits), you often wind up with a teeny bit of juice and quite a lot of pulp, or with better juicers – some juice and still some juicy pulp. To me, this seems like a huge waste of yummy fruit.

For this reason, I prefer juicing most vegetables and blending most fruits. Instead of juicing the whole fruit, I usually use the juicer to juice the inedible parts of fruit – such as the cores of pineapples and melon rinds. I toss the soft fruits into the blender.

Vegetables are Low in Sugar, Fruits are Generally Higher

Another reason why blending your fruits – instead of juicing them – is preferable is because of the high sugar content in fruit. Fruits juices are easy and delicious to make, making it all too easy to overdo your sugar intake when it comes to juicing fruit.

Juicing only veggies and the nutritious, inedible parts of fruit (cores, rinds, etc.) produces a nutrient-rich, nicely watered-down (thanks to the rinds) juice blend that is good to drink alone, or toss in the blender with a few pieces of mushy fruit for extra sweetness (and some fiber!).

That way you get the sweetness of fruit (with the fiber that will help you keep your sugar intake in check) as well as the rich nutrients from veggies and fruit parts that you normally wouldn’t have access to.

It’s a win-win!

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