THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JUICE AND A SMOOTHIE
Juice versus Smoothie
Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fiber.
Without all the fiber, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients.
In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber.
The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream.
Jason Vale calls juicing “A nutrient express!”
Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and Cleanses because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.
A word of caution:
When you remove the fiber from the produce, the liquid juice is absorbed into your blood stream quickly.
If you are only juicing fruits, this may cause a rapid spike in blood sugar and unstable blood sugar levels can lead to mood swings, energy loss, memory problems and more!
Fiber is also filling and without fiber in the juice, some people tend to get hungry again quickly.
Unlike juices, smoothies consist of the entire entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fiber from the vegetables.
However, the blending process breaks the fiber apart (which makes the fruit and vegetables easier to digest ) but also helps create a slow, even release of nutrients into the blood stream and avoids blood sugar spikes. Smoothies tend to be more filling, because of the fiber, and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast, or for snacks throughout the day.
By including the fiber in your smoothie, the volume will increase.