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Juices Versus Smoothies: Which One to Choose?

  By posted Oct 8th 2013
Healthy Living
Juicing Smoothies

Juicing is a process that extracts water and nutrients from the fresh produce and discards the indigestible fibre


Health Benefits of Juices:

  • Fruits and vegetable juices provide the body with a variety of vitamins and minerals, which boosts the body's immunity and fights oxidative stress. The nutrients in the juices are readily available for absorption, which is why the body does not have to break down the nutrients for its use.
  • Juicing can also be a great substitute if you have a sensitive stomach or digestive problems. It is a concentrated source of nutrients and can boost your energy levels at any given time. 


Various Juicing Options:

You can experiment with a range of fruits and vegetables to give a maximum impact.


Satiety Value:

  • Juicing strips off most of the fibre from your fresh produce. In the absence of the fibre, the body does not need to break down the components and the nutrients are readily absorbed. So, a fruit juice is directly absorbed and might cause a spike in the blood sugar.
  • Besides, the absence of fibre, juices do not keep you full for a long time. 


Also See: Vegetable Juice Recipe

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Smoothies are made by a process called blending. Blending uses the entire fruit or vegetable and it breaks down the fibre for easy digestion

Health Benefits of Smoothies:

Smoothies contain fibre that reduces the process of digestion. It will keep you full and on the go for a longer time. The fibre can lower the rate of the absorption of nutrients and provide a slow, even rate of nutrients into the blood stream. It also lowers the chances of a spike in blood sugar levels. 

Various Smoothie Options:
  • Smoothies can be made by using a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and it can provide the body with vitamins, minerals, photochemical and fibre. 
  • Unlike juicing, you need not toss the fibrous pulp away. Using low fat yoghurt, bran, flaxseeds and milk can provide you with protein and can be a great substitute for snacking. 
  • Smoothies are generally faster to make and require nothing but a simple blender.


Satiety Value:

Smoothies contain fibre that reduces the process of digestion. It will keep you full and on the go for a longer time.



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