Juicing and Blending: What is the difference?

I get a lot of questions about the difference between juicing and blending. In today’s post, I want to clear up the confusion and set the record straight about the difference between juicing and blending.

 

When I started my juicing company in 2020, Dela Juices, many of my regular clients asked me about the process of making juices. Am I just putting all the ingredients in a blender and liquifying the produce? So let’s review what the difference is between blending and juicing.

 

Blending
• A process by which the ingredients are placed in a blender cup and the blender pulverizes the ingredients.
• It makes a thicker drink, usually referred to as a smoothie.
• The fiber stays in the smoothie.
• Need to add fluid, like coconut water, water, milk, nutmilk or other fluid, for the blending to work.
• Ingredients may need more preparation – some blenders work better if you peel and chop your ingredients into smaller pieces.

 

Juicing
• Ingredients are fed into a machine. The machine separates the juice from the insoluble fiber.
• There are different technologies of juicing (high-speed centrifugal, slow-speed masticating, and hydraulic press)
• The pulp (insoluble fiber) is separated from the juice.
• Ingredients preparation typically is easy to prepare, often not requiring cutting into smaller pieces (depending on the juicer).

 

There is space for both juicing and blending (smoothies) as part of a healthy diet, depending on your health and health goals. While both juicing and blending is a great way to enjoy more fruit and vegetables, there are some important differences that you should keep in mind.

 

First, when you juice your produce, you use more ingredients compared to when you make a blend or smoothie. This is because the insoluble fiber is removed when you juice it, so you end up using a lot more produce in general to make a cup of juice. So, if you are looking to increase the nutrients you feed your body because of a health condition or specific requirement, juicing is a great way to achieve this.
With blending, you will typically use less produce compared to juicing, and you will also have to add fluid to help the processing in the blender. You will still obtain the nutrients from the produce you have pulverized, but it will be less compared to the nutrients in a juice from a juicer.


Another key difference is that the insoluble fiber that is kept in the blended juice/smoothie will help keep you fuller for longer, as the insoluble fiber literally takes up more room in your stomach.


Blending is also the way to go if you want to make some delicious treat smoothies that includes ingredients like nut butters, raw cacao, protein powders, and seeds.


Juicing is a great way to reduce your caloric intake while nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals without feeling hungry.
Lastly, some fresh produce cannot be juiced, for example, mango, avocado, banana, some berries and nectarines. These beautiful ingredients can only be blended, which brings me to my next point.

Why both juicing and blending are great

Both juicing and blending is a great way to dramatically increase your veggie and fruit intake.


I have a juicer and a blender and use both regularly. I will make juices with fresh fruit and vegetables using a juicer. Sometimes I’ll add ingredients like avocado, banana, seeds, mango or chia seeds, and these ingredients I’ll blend in using my blender. Sometimes I am in the mood for a treat, and I’ll make a smoothie using only the blender.

If you only have a blender

Investing in a high-quality juicer can be a deterrent for many people to buy a juicer, and therefore blending is a great option to get started. Blending is a great way to add veggies to your daily diet, as you are still essentially “eating” the veggies. If you are serious about juicing, then invest in a high-quality juicer.

Disclaimer

This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.  This website and its emails are not intended to substitute for medical advice and it is not a substitute for working with a licensed doctor or health professional.  Please be aware Adele du Rand is not a medical doctor, so please consult with your licensed medical doctor or health professional before you make any changes to your diet. The suggestions on this website and its emails are not meant as an alternative to medical treatment, so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are taking.  Always be your own health advocate and listen and feel to how your body responds to certain foods.  Please do not ingest foods that you are allergic to or have an intolerance to.