Juices, blends and smoothies.  What is the difference? And does it matter?


It can be very confusing for a person new to juicing when people talk about juices and smoothies, and when they confuse juices with smoothies!  First, let’s understand the different processes involved, namely JUICING and BLENDING.


Juicing is the process whereby the juice is extracted from a fruit or a vegetable. The only way to separate the juice from the pulp is with a juicer machine.  The produce is fed through a machine and the juice is extracted and separated from the pulp.  The pulp comes out one side of the machine.


Blending is the process whereby the fruits and vegetables are placed in a blender, some fluid is added (for example water) and then the blender is switched.  The blender liquified the content that has been put inside it – it has just been processed into a liquid form, and all the fiber is still in the drink.  


When is it a juice and when is it a smoothie?


When you make a juice using a blender, it is considered a smoothie.


When you extract the juice from the fruits and vegetables, it is a juice.  And then to make it a bit more confusing, I refer to thin and thick juices.  A thin juice is just the juice from the fruits and vegetables that have been extracted with a juicer machine.  A thick juice is a thin juice whereby other ingredients have been blended in, such as an avocado, which makes the consistency of the juice thick and creamy.

One is not better than the other – juicing and blending are two different processes that support different requirements.  There is a place for both juicing and blending in your diet. Let’s have a look at when you want to juice and when you want to blend.


The case for blending

Blending is a great way to have a meal in a glass!  You can quickly blend a few things together, so it really is a great idea for those who have a busy life.  Another benefit of many blenders is that you can make soups, nut butters and treat smoothies as well (those smoothies that include milk or yoghurt, nut butters, honey and other delicious foods).  When you do create these delicious treat smoothies, keep in mind that it is a treat, not an everyday drink!


Just keep in mind that some produce is not good for use in a blender, such as carrots, beets and sweet potatoes.


The case for juicing


The main argument for juicing is that the juicer machine removes the insoluble fiber, therefore your digestive system doesn’t have to work so hard to digest the system.  The nutrients pass through your digestive tract very quickly and they are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream.


Also, when you do juicing, you usually juice a lot more fruits and vegetables than what you would typically eat.  This means that you are literally flooding your system with nutrients that are available quickly to the body.