Juicing and blending are the simplest and best first steps into the world of healthy living. With these two liquefication techniques, we extract nutrients from fruit and vegetables we otherwise wouldn’t get by eating them solid. By drinking juice and/or smoothies we not only feed our bodies but make them use less energy for digestion as much of the solids and nutrients are already liquefied.
But do you know the difference between juice and a smoothie? Here, I’ll put an end to this debate and not only show you the main difference between them but also some tips on how to prepare the best smoothies and juice.
Juice is a low-viscosity liquid that doesn’t have fiber. It’s made in a juicer that removes fiber from it. In other words, it squeezes the juice out of the ingredients and discards the rest.
Smoothies, on the other hand, are ingredients mixed together – the fibers stay. They’re made in a blender that does the job for us. Because nothing is discarded here, the drink comes out more dense than juice and takes a longer time to digest.
All You Need To Know About Juice
We would talk less about freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices today if American researcher Norman Walker wouldn’t find benefits of this healthy drink. He came to this fact in the first half of the 20th century on the basis of his own experience. He realized that juicer liquefied vegetables aren’t only extremely nutritious, but also healing.
Freshly squeezed juices prepared in the juicer contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other bioactive ingredients, including enzymes, in the most active form. Pasteurization destroys enzymes and thermally sensitive vitamins.
The most suitable ingredients for juice are mainly vegetables because vegetables contain plenty of minerals and other ingredients that we can’t get in such quantities only by eating them in their raw solid form.
What Is Their Effect On Health And Well-being?
They build and eliminate deficiencies, especially minerals, as today’s nutrition is poor with minerals. Modern nutrition habits are rich in empty energy, like sugars, starches, and fats. So juicing is desirable.
Juices are very useful drinks for our glands. Juices allow them to function more efficiently, and thus strengthen us in general.
Because they eliminate nutritional deficiencies, you can eliminate ravenous hunger and pathological appetite. These two are the result of highly caloric nutrition and the lack of minerals. You can prevent the consequences of bad nutrition with regular and permanent use of freshly squeezed juices at least for several weeks in a row.
What Do You Use For Making A Juice?
Fruit is less suitable for making juice than vegetables because most of the fruit species are simply eaten. This way we get everything that we need from the fruits. The exception is the firmer varieties of pears and apples that we can juice.
It is recommended that you juice sourer, firmer, and juicy varieties of apples and pears, which are great for preparing juice. You can drink pear or apple juice alone or in combination with red beet and/or a carrot.
Watermelons and melons are also suitable for making juice. I recommend the use of organically-grown fruits and vegetables.
We usually juice vegetables and also fruits. We juice especially tougher vegetables, such as roots and some kinds of leafy vegetables, and vegetable fruits. Cucumbers are very suitable for juice. The most suitable types of vegetables are carrots, red beets, kohlrabi, salads of all kinds, spinach, stalk celery, potatoes, and also brassica and other leafy vegetables with sharper taste and effect in small quantities.
Juices Are Food, Not A Drink
Freshly squeezed juices are actually food and not a drink. That’s why you shouldn’t drink them when you are thirsty. We sip them a little, mix well with saliva and then swallow. There is a difference between juice and a smoothie. Read further to know what is a smoothie.
All You Need To Know About Smoothies
Smoothie (or smoothy) appeared for the first time in the 1930s on the west coast of the United States. They were made of finely ground fresh fruit, fruit juice and ice (some also contained ground frozen milk).
Initially, these healthy drinks were popular only with lovers of healthy and nutritious food. They became popular in the 1980s when the Americans increased their interest in a healthy lifestyle. Smoothies become modern with the rise of healthy food. Today we find them almost everywhere; on the shelves, in cafes and pastry shops or in special places where they prepare them in front of guests.
Why Are Smoothies So Healthy?
There are many reasons why the smoothie has become so popular in recent years. The first advantage is that it contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, natural sugars, proteins, and other nutrients, which we would otherwise have difficulty consuming at the same time.
Another advantage lies in their easy digestibility, which is also reflected in the rapid effect of increased energy. The body consumes simple sugars from fruit as a quick source of energy and doesn’t require much effort to digest. The third advantage is that along with dietary nutrients we also ingest fibers that prolong the feeling of satiety. At the same time, we improve digestion and excretion because of them. The fourth advantage is a fast and very diverse preparation.
Meals In A Glass
Smoothies or fruit drinks are also called meals in a glass. In a two deciliter glass, you can mix a number of vitamins and nutrients that will feed you. In addition, they won’t burden your stomach.
You can enjoy smoothies for breakfast, a snack, lunch, or dinner. With additives, you can regulate the nutritional value of the beverage, and by selecting the right combinations of fruit and vegetables you can mix light, fresh, sweet, or creamy beverages.
Now You Know The Difference Between Juice And A Smoothie
There is a difference between smoothies and juices. Juice is lighter considering it doesn’t contain proteins and fibers. It will go straight in the bloodstream after you drink it because it is easily digestible.
On the other hand, we have smoothies that are more filling than juices. They contain fibers, proteins, and other substances that will feed us for some time. Both smoothies and juices have a different preparation process and are prepared with different machines.
Juices are made with a juicer that squeezes fruit and vegetables, meanwhile, smoothies are mixed fruits and vegetables. We can say that with a juice we consume fruit and vegetable liquid. With smoothies, it is like we ate a whole fruit or vegetables. They are both very healthy, and it is your choice which of these two you will enjoy. Maybe you can enjoy both of them throughout the day and prevent diseases to come on your way.
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What do you like more: smoothies or juices?