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Juicing "haters" claim that juice has nothing that just eating plain old fruits and vegetables doesn't. They're right, but they're also very wrong. Here's why juicing is an awesome way to boost your health.

Are juicing and blending the holy grail of health, or simply an alternative way of consuming fruits and vegetables that require an expensive machine? If you're considering drinking — rather than eating — some of the healthiest calories you'll consume, you don't want to hear the "juicing will help you lose weight and beat cancer" marketing story, nor the "juicing offers nothing eating that stuff doesn't" anti-marketing story. You'll want the truth.

That truth, as nearly always, is more complex than either the pro or contra folks would have you believe, but in this case it's also, in a way, much simpler.

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Juicing And Blending: What's So Special About Drinking Fruits And Vegetables?

When I first moved to Eastern Europe, where I still am today, I was saddened by the fact that many of the consumer products I loved — mostly in the realm of food, because I'm a foodie — were simply not around here. Gradually, more and more things began appearing on the market, though, and about seven years back, juicers were suddenly everywhere. I had to have one. I still missed the carrot, apple and orange juice with a dash of ginger that I used to enjoy at my favorite Asian fusion restaurant back in London, and I wanted to be able to make that and more at home.

That juicer acquired a permanent place on the kitchen counter, and I'd use it at least twice a day. OK, the constant stream of fruit and veg I found myself carrying home from the farmers' market was a bit of a pain, and I had to make sure all that fresh produce didn't make me go over budget, but clear benefits emerged too.

Whenever I felt like, well, tasting something nice, juice — not chocolate or cookies — became my go-to. My skin looked better and I had more energy.

My tiny picky-eater son not only had no problems chugging down spinach and celery all of a sudden, he'd ask for more. Indeed, he'd even gladly drink the "left-over veg I really didn't know what else to do with" juices that I personally didn't want to touch with a barge pole.

I didn't get that juicer because I wanted to be healthier or lose weight. I got that juicer because I enjoyed drinking juice. The novelty only wore off, somewhat, when I came home with a new toy — a blender. At that point, even those things that previously seemed out of reach could be incorporated in drinks: you know, bananas, nuts, and even soy milk.

Juicing Vs Blending: What You Need To Know

That brings us to an important point. People often lump juicing and blending together as if they were the same thing, but they aren't.

Juicing means separating the liquid in your fruit and veg from its fiber to Differing degrees, after which you're left with drinkable nutrients and taste. While citrus juices can easily be made with manual juicers, you need a devoted juicer to get more creative.

Blending, however, incorporates everything you put in the blender, meaning you have to remove anything you don't want in advance. You get a thicker liquid, in which you can make use of things a juicer can't handle. Make a smoothie, and you'll get all that good fibrous stuff, but you will also probably need to add a good dash of water to make it palatable.

Will Juicing And Blending Help You Lose Weight?

If you are hoping to lose weight, liquid fruit and veg can absolutely play a key part in that process. Should you opt for blending or juicing though? That depends.

  • Choose juicing if a persistent "oral need" is behind much of your initial weight gain. Juicing is not calorie-free by any means, but because it strips your fruits and veggies of insoluble fiber, it doesn't fill you up. It does meet the need to taste something awesome though, and that can mean a lot. Juicing will give you an instant nutrient and antioxidant boost, but do count your juices as part of your daily calorie intake. Juicing is great for people who need to be on low-fiber diets as well.
  • Choose blending if you are hoping to feel full after drinking liquid fruit and veg, for instance because you are planning to replace one meal a day with a green smoothie and you know you would go and stuff yourself with cookies if you weren't satiated.

Anyone hoping to maximize weight loss with the help of juicing or blending needs to be aware of the calorie content of the fruits and veggies they are consuming, and is wise to choose green smoothies and juices that contain more vegetables than fruits. Due to their thickness, some smoothies are hard to get through, but by the time you are through, you will definitely feel like you have had a full meal.

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