Is Juicing Better than Blending? Are Green Smoothies Better than Juice?

Vitamix or BlendTec

To juice or to blend, that is the question. In my experience you should juice, blend, and eat vegetables and fruit. Juicing and blending, however, each have some pros and cons.

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Why Juicing is Better Than Blending.

Digestion is hard work: By the time you are 50 years old, you will have eaten an amazingly large number of meals. Assuming you averaged 4 meals a day, you’d have eaten 73,000 meals on your 50th birthday.

Eating means you’ve been digesting. Most men over 50 will tell you that digestion tends to fade with age. Now you can understand why.

Just as your joints wear our from use, so too do your intestines become less efficient over time.

An average juice may have several cups of vegetables and fruit. Juicing saves your body the hard work of removing the pulp from the nutrients. To have a lifetime of good digestion, juicing is highly beneficial.

(You can get the nutrients from pounds of carrots by drinking just a small glass of carrot juice from an Omega Juicer.)

omega j8006 juicer carrots

Why Blending is Better Than Juicing.

Fiber: Juicing removes all of the fiber from the fruit and vegetable. By blending, you keep the fiber intact. FIber helps keep everything moving regularly.

Most Americans do not get enough fiber. An active male needs between 35 and 50 grams of fiber each day.¬†If you’re not eating an otherwise healthy diet, the fiber from blending is beneficial.

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Why Juicing is Better than Blending.

Better absorption: As Jay Kordich noted, “Your body is a juicer.” That is, your intestines extract the minerals and phytonutrients from the fruits and vegetables. Juicing gives your body a break by doing the work for it.

Since the juicer has done all of the masticating for you, the plant’s nutrients are immediately absorbed into your intestinal walls.

The most efficient way to extract the nutrients from your food:

  1. Juicing
  2. Blending
  3. Eating.

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Why Blending is Better Than Juicing.

Ease of use: In a word, cleanup.

Although cleaning a juicer is not the big deal a lot of people think it will be, a blender has fewer moving parts. Just rinse out the basin (or whatever it’s called) and you’re done.

Conclusion: Is Blending Better than Juicing?

No. There is a time and place for all of the above. Juicing or blending is not an either-or.

Here is a recipe for my favorite green smoothie:

Superfood Berry Green Smoothie

  • 2 cups spinach (or your favorite green)
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • 20-36 ounces of water, almond milk, or hemp milk

Blend the items together in a heavy duty blender like a Vitamix (here), BlendTec (here), or Ninja (here).

I also really like this Pumpkin Superfood Smoothie. Check out the Green Smoothie Bible:

To really get the most out of your smoothies, a quality blender is essential. I personally have a BlendTech. (The only question in the “community” most healthy debated than “juicing or blending” is “BlendTech or Vitamix?”) A Ninja is a suitable mid-range choice for most.

Whether you’re juicing, blending, or eating your vegetables, your quality of life and health will improve.


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  1. says

    I went home for xmas and discovered my mom had purchased a Magic Bullet. Basically it’s a high-speed blender geared towards fruits and veggies. I liked the idea of additional fiber and cleanup was a breeze, but the Magic Bullet smoothie was much harder to drink than a juice. I’d agree, trade off between blending and juicing.

    • FitJuice says

      You can strain the “smoothie” through a strainer to capture the pulp. Then you’re left with juice.

  2. Carl Sagan says

    How has the blendtech been for you?

    I ended up purchasing the Hamilton Big Mouth Juicer off of your recommendation a few months ago and have been really pleased with it.

    I’ve got a magic bullet kicking around, but I find that it’s a terrible blender and doesn’t blend ingredients well enough. Not to mention that it’s not really good with ice either.

  3. says

    I also agree that the Magic Bullet is not a good blender for Green Smoothies. I have the Ninja blender and it works great! Not as good as a blendtec or vitamix, but it does the job. I just add some extra water to make sure everything is blended smooth.

  4. says

    I like your banana-berry-spinach smoothie above. I’ve had good results with banana-kiwi-spinach too — the kiwi goes well with the other two tastes.

    I both juice and blend. I just purchased an Omega 8006 for juicing and love it. However, I have to say that for this particular smoothie I’ve found the $30 Oster smoothie maker from Target to work fine. Maybe it would struggle with nuts but for soft fruit it certainly does the trick. Just want to make the point that getting started doesn’t have to be any kind of large investment.