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The Great Debate...Juices vs Smoothies Throwdown

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When it comes to juices and smoothies, some people don’t realize that there is a difference between the two.  We’re here to debunk the myths and help you understand the differences and why both can be beneficial to your health.

First a little definition might help to clear things up a bit:

Juices: extract the water and nutrients from produce and discards insoluble fiber (pulp)

Smoothies: blend whole fruits and vegetables and do not remove any fiber

For juices, produce is forced through a machine that extracts all the nutrients and separates the juice from the pulp.  While many argue that juice does not contain any fiber, this is actually not true.  Juice does contain fiber- just not insoluble fiber.  The soluble fiber remains in the juice, but your body does not have to work to break this fiber down.  Therefore the juice nutrients are much more easily and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, an important fact for those that have digestive issues.  Creating a juice usually takes a lot of produce which condenses down to an easily drinkable amount, making it a simple way to pack in the produce, without having to feel as though you ate an entire head of lettuce and five pounds of carrots, and without having to make your body work harder to extract those essential nutrients.

Smoothies contain whole fruits and vegetables that are blended together without removing any of the fiber.  The insoluble fiber is what slows down the digestion and gives a more steady and sustained release of nutrients than juice.  Smoothies are a little more versatile as well, since you can basically throw anything into a blender, but you can’t juice all produce.  Additions to smoothies such as bananas, avocado, nut butters, protein powders, seeds, etc can provide essential nutrients such as fats, proteins, carbs, and fiber that not only keeps you fuller longer, but can be used as a meal since you are hitting all your macro nutrients.

So which one should you choose?! It’s up to you! Both have different but great health benefits and everyone’s nutritional needs are unique.  What works best for one person, may not be as good for the next, so experiment and see how your body responds to juices and smoothies.  Next time you try a juice try to take notice of any energy boosts and how your body feels overall.  When you sip your next smoothie, note how full you feel and if it keeps you satisfied and feeling great.  The one thing we do know is that getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet is never a bad thing, so stop by for a juice or smoothie-maybe even get a little crazy and switch it up from your usual routine!

What's your preference, juices or smoothies? Depends on the mood that day!

What's your favorite color? Teal :)