Differences between blenders and slow juicers


It often turns out to be quite difficult to get enough fruit and vegetables every day. This is exactly what juicing and blending can help you with. With a blender or slow juicer it is much easier to reach the recommended amount. But what is the difference between a blender and a slow juicer?

The Nutrition Agency recommends consuming at least 250 grams of vegetables and 200 grams of fruit daily. Even though we have become much more aware of healthy food in recent years, the average Dutch person still appears to eat too little fruit and vegetables .

Blenders and slow juicers are extremely popular among people with a healthy lifestyle. For example, by making a delicious juice or smoothie from all those fruits and vegetables, it often takes no effort at all to meet the RDA of fruits and vegetables.

The differences between blenders and slow juicers

There are differences between a blender and a slow juicer. They are both completely different devices and they work in a different way. Let's look at the advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of a blender

Both blending and juicing grind and pulverize the fruit. A juicer separates the juice from the pulp after which the pulp can be thrown away. The difference between a slow juicer and a blender is that the latter uses the whole fruit. And that's good, because the pulp is very rich in fiber. Blended fruits and vegetables still contain their fiber; an important nutrient for healthy digestion and helpful in preventing a whole list of chronic diseases.

The pulp that is not used for juicing, but is used for blending, also contains an excess of flavonoids. This is a powerful antioxidant that is essential for the metabolism of vitamin C.

A big difference with a juicer is that the blender is also easier to clean . A blender does not have many separate parts that you will have to take apart, brush clean and put back together. You can easily clean a blender in just a few seconds.

Disadvantages of a blender

Although they don't spike your blood sugar levels as quickly as most juices do, a sweet smoothie from the blender can still cause higher blood glucose levels and therefore contribute to metabolic syndrome. A smoothie is liquid and we can consume it quickly. This makes you likely to consume too many calories.

We humans are made to chew our food well and calmly. The fruits, roots and leaves that our early ancestors ate were significantly higher in fiber than the tender peaches, strawberries and apples we eat today. Smoothies also ensure that we do not have to chew our food. If your daily diet consisted almost exclusively of smoothies, your jaw muscles could become weaker. Moreover, chewing plays a very important role in a feeling of satiety.

When you make your own smoothies with a blender, you have complete control over the ingredients you use. If you buy a ready-made smoothie in the store, you obviously don't have that. These smoothies are often full of additives, such as fructose, artificial colors and flavors. If you like to drink smoothies, it is best to make them yourself.

Advantages of a slow juicer

Juicing can provide a high concentration of nutrients, because most vitamins and minerals are in the juice and not in the pulp. By using a slow juicer you will consume more antioxidants and vitamins. A difference between the blender and the slow juicer is that juice from the juicer is easier to digest for people with digestive problems. This makes it easier to absorb nutrients from the juice.

This is because fiber binds the sugars in fruits and vegetables and slows down digestion. A juice from the juicer will therefore provide an energy boost more quickly. Athletes will therefore benefit more from a juice just before they have to perform a performance. Beetroot juice and cherry juice offer athletes the most benefits.

Disadvantages of a slow juicer

Juicing is not all roses and moonshine. As we wrote earlier: juicing removes the vast majority of fiber from the drink, which ensures that the sugars from the fruit and vegetables are absorbed very quickly. Your sugar levels can therefore peak quickly, but can also drop again quickly. That can cause all kinds of complaints.

Another difference between the slow juicer and the blender is that juice from the juicer does not give as full a feeling as a smoothie from the blender. It is therefore easy to consume too much juice. This can be a problem if you drink a lot of juice from sugary fruits and vegetables. However, homemade juice is still much healthier than store-bought juice. Ready-made juice contains many unhealthy additives and cannot actually be called healthy.

A juicer removes almost all the fiber from the drink. The pulp is collected and you throw it away afterwards. Which is a disadvantage compared to the blender, because many good foods are lost.

The difference between blenders and slow juicers

Plant-based food is extremely healthy. We should therefore all certainly consume more fruit and vegetables. Both the blender and the slow juicer can play an important role in your daily struggle to get enough healthy nutrients. Although you miss the benefit of chewing food, both the slow juicer and the blender can play a key role in getting enough vitamins, minerals and antioxidants every day.

A big difference between slow juicers and blenders is the difference in fibers in the end product. A slow juicer captures all the pulp. A blender pulverizes the whole fruit or fruit and the fibers are therefore part of the final product. This makes juice from the blender more nutritious, while juice from the slow juicer is easier to consume.

Regardless, the fact remains that for most people, both the slow juicer and the blender are a valuable addition to increasing the daily amount of fruit and vegetables.

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