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Smoothies or juicing – what’s best for you?

By: Natasha Archary 

 

With more juice bars popping up at malls, gyms and juicing culture gaining momentum in South Africa, let’s explore the health benefits of juicing versus smoothies.

As with anything in life, there are pros and cons to both health drinks but it all comes down to preference. Both juicing and smoothies are beneficial to any health and fitness program.Is there a difference to the health benefits one gets from smoothies versus juices?

WHAT ARE SMOOTHIES?

Consist of the entire fruit and veggies, skin and all get blended until liquified. This is done in a blender. Smoothies have a thicker consistency, and can serve as a meal replacement because they can keep you satiated until your next meal. Because the ingredients are blending whole, the natural fibres found in each fruit and vegetable is broken down, which helps your body digest these easier.

PROS

By including the natural fibre in your smoothies, you pack in more servings of fruit and veggies into your diet without any of the fuss. It makes for an easy, filling meal on the go with hectic morning schedules. You can change up your smoothie recipes by adding in natural yoghurt, a pulse or even your favourite protein shake.

CONS

The flip side is that because of the large volume of fibre in each serving, you may consume more calories than your body is able to burn and this could prevent weight loss and actually lead to weight gain. It’s important to note that smoothies should be considered a meal replacement and should not be taken with meals.

WHAT IS JUICING?

In contrast, juicing is the process of extracting the liquid and nutrients from fruits and veggies and discards the fibre. With the absence of the fibre, your body doesn’t have to work all that hard to digest and simply absorbs the nutrients hassle free. This can be an added benefit to those with a sensitive digestive system or condition that inhibits your body from processing fibre.

Freshly squeezed juices form part of the most detoxification programs because they are so nutrient dense that they aid restoration and purification on a cellular level. It’s like a nutrient express train.

PROS

Whether you love veggies or absolutely cannot stomach the thought of eating a green leafy serving of goodness, juicing offers you an instant way fill your nutrient gap. Because juices are so concentrated, you only need a small portion to provide a powerful vitamin and mineral punch.

CONS

Because juicing consists essentially of just liquid nutrients, it’s not as filling so it shouldn’t be your meal replacement. What’s more, when juices are made with fruit and high sugar veggies (carrots and beets), you may experience a blood sugar spike, particularly if you don’t consume food at the same time.

Whatever your preference, we hope we helped give you the 101 on smoothies and juicing which we believe would be perfect to quench your thirst or boost your healthy streak these #Summerdaze.

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