What are the Juicer and Blender differences – will one make you healthier than the other?
Comparing a Juicer with a Blender is, to my mind, like comparing a car to a van – they’re both similar but their purpose is totally different.
A healthy drink can be made using either a Juicer or Blender, but the drink itself differs.
A Juicer literally “juices” just the water and nutrients from the fruit and veg, whereas a Blender blends everything together without any waste.
Which one’s better or healthier overall?
Neither – everybody’s different, so the “best” or “healthiest” option will vary from person to person.
I’m not a nutritionist, but it seems logical that if you don’t already include much fruit and veg in your diet, then you’ll probably become healthier by including the fibre too, ie using the Blender.
However, you’d probably also benefit from the fast absorption of the nutrients when using the Juicer.
Of course, someone else with a naturally healthy lifestyle, or a specific illness will probably benefit from …… can you see where I’m going with this?
You may need a Juicer and a Blender for a healthier lifestyle, or you may just need one of them – the benefits differ for each.
Choosing a Juicer or Blender
depends on your lifestyle, budget and intended use
These are the Juicer and Blender differences – make an informed decision
There’s quite a few Juicer and Blender differences, and each has its pros and cons:
- extracts only the water and nutrients from fruit and veg to make a juice drink
- high nutritional value per ounce
- nutrients in the juice are quickly absorbed into your blood stream
- no need to add any liquid
- no need to cut up the fruit and veg (if the feed chute is large enough)
- removes the fibre as pulp
- faster digestion without fibre
- doesn’t work very well with low water content foods eg nuts, bananas and avocados
- more expensive to use on a daily basis as limited to using only fresh fruit and veg
- limited by time – consume within the first 20 minutes of juicing before oxidation causes the nutritional value to deteriorate
- short term “fullness effect” due to lack of fibre
- requires more produce to get the same amount of volume per serving as a blender
- often has several parts to clean after use
- not easily portable and requires large kitchen surface area
- variety of uses to mix, chop, pulverize and blend fruit and veg into smoothies, soups or dips
- can be used with any type of fresh or frozen food (including low water content nuts, bananas and avocados)
- includes and breaks down the fibre
- no left-over pulp
- consume within 3 days if stored in the fridge
- “fullness effect” lasts longer due to the slower digestion of fibre
- most blenders include the function to crush ice
- portable and small enough to keep in a cupboard when not in use
- need to add some liquid
- need to cut up the fruit and veg
- note: take care when cleaning as sharp blades are not concealed
Choosing to include fibre in your drink could be seen as a pro or a con. I included “no fibre” as a pro for the Juicer, and “includes fibre” as a pro for the Blender.
It’s in the eye of the beholder and depends on which option your family prefers.
A Juicer or Blender in your kitchen, encourages your family to “eat more greens” and lead a healthy lifestyle.
You’ll notice you’re consuming more fruit and veg (including those you’re not particularly keen on) as the liquidised taste is a lot nicer and quicker to digest.
Should you choose a centrifugal or masticating juicer?
Juicers use one of two juicing methods – centrifugal and masticating:
- centrifugal – the food is pushed into a rapidly spinning mesh filter with a serrated base. This shreds the food into a pulp and the centrifugal spinning motion separates and pulls the juice through the filter
- masticating – the food is pushed into the Juicer and an auger (like a corkscrew) crushes the food and squeezes out the juice
The main negative with a centrifugal juicer is that it creates heat during the juicing process which lowers the nutritional value of the juice.
However, as long as you use a quality centrifugal Juicer, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Because the fast centrifugal motion in a quality Juicer (such as The Nutri Juicer™ by Sage™) processes juice in just 0.1 seconds, and there is no noticeable difference to the nutrition of a quality centrifugal juicer compared to a masticating juicer [source: point 8 of Juicing Science data reference].
The main negative with a masticating juicer is that it juices at a considerably slower speed (80 to 120 RPM) compared to the centrifugal juicer (3,000 to 7,000 RPM).
So, I guess your decision rests on whether you’d like fast juice or slow juice.
Which would you prefer – Juicer or Blender?
If you’re thinking of choosing either a Juicer or Blender, check out Part Two to read my review of the Sage Nutri Juicer Plus, and Part Three for the Ninja Master Prep Pro and Breville Blend-Active. I’ve gone into more detail as to why I chose those and how they’re used, as well as provided a list of alternative Juicers and Blenders, for your convenience.
Make sure you know the difference between a Juicer and Blender, and consider the health benefits.
Here are some helpful infographics created by Joe Cross of RebootwithJoe.com which show the difference between juicing and blending, and the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables.
Aren’t these great infographics! Just looking at the bright colours and reading about all the benefits makes me want to eat more fruit and veg.
Note: this review is a general resource, not intended to be professional advice.
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