Juicer or Blender?

Is it us or has there been lots of buzz recently around juicing?

What’s the big deal?

Are juicers that much better than blenders?

And how is nutrition affected?

What you need to know:

Most people are familiar with the standard multi-speed blender used at home to create smoothies. Blenders simply chop up anything thrown in them into tiny pieces until the result is a smooth liquid. All of the original content of the fruit or vegetable is maintained in the liquid.

Juicers, on the other hand, separate the juice from the pulp, seeds, skin, and anything not liquid in the original fruit. The juice is much easier to drink, truly is smooth, and contains no bitter chopped up pieces of seed. While the juicer company nutritionists will extoll the resulting liquid as a pure concoction of nutrients to be digested immediately by the body, we’ll point out the exorbitant amount of sugar you’ll be getting by juicing all that fruit and losing ALL the fiber nature packed it with.

Both blenders and juicers change the original form of the product, and as a result you may be “unlocking” more nutrients, according to the brochures and salespeople, but mostly losing lots of nutrients as the contact with oxygen (air) starts to mess with the the likes of vitamin C and some antioxidants.

So, should you invest hundreds of dollars in a juicer?

meh.

Anecdotal evidence (ie, friends we’ve asked) shows that after a week or two of initial excitement, these babies tend to start gathering dust while wasting a substantial amount of counter space.

Owning a juicer is not a treat – it’s really expensive to juice veggies. You need to buy a ton just to make a single cup of juice. And, as Jennifer Huget point out in the Washington Post , “Cleaning the machine [after juicing] is almost universally regarded as a pain in the neck.”

Bottom line:

Nutritionally your best bet is to use vegetables and fruit to make a salad, not juice, and not a smoothie.

What’s your experience been? Which of the two gizmos do you prefer?

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  • Laura Timbrook

    I have had both a juicer and a high power blender. The problem with the juicer I had it that it strips many of the key nutrients and fiber because it takes out the pulp and skins, this for me wasn’t good because it really began to mess with my sugar level. I now have a blender and really like it and I don’t have any sugar problems. I do agree it take a LOT of food to make juice and we don’t use it on a daily basis but it is great during farm market seasons. I also mainly juice veggies and add in some fruits to balance flavors. One of the greatest things with the blender is we make soups and soft serve ice cream more than we actually blend juice.

  • Mr. Bill

    We were given a juicer as a semi-joke wedding gift. It gets used a few time a years to make fun drinks usually to pair with a special breakfast (i.e. delicious and unhealthy). My favorite is to juice pineapple with some ginger. YUM YUM!

    Although you do lose a lot of the fiber, at least with our version, there is a significant amount of solids in the final products. Maybe this is because my juicer is low end. Either way, the juicer serves it purpsoe a a fun food gadget. Not a health gadget.

  • http://twitter.com/awakewellness Rachel Assuncao

    As I sit here drinking my morning smoothie (1 cup of fruit and 4 cups of kale along with some flax oil, hemp seeds and water), I have to say I completely disagree.

    I know the amazing health benefits that I’ve received since adopting the green smoothie as my daily breakfast habit. They include: abundant energy to keep me going through the day, weight loss – specifically shedding fat through my mid-section, brighter clearer skin, improved elimination, and eliminated sugar cravings. Plus, in a time when the average American gets less than 1 serving of fruit and 1 serving of veggies a day, I’ve had 2 servings of fruit and 4 servings of veggies before I’ve even walked out the door in the morning. I don’t really understand how you could say that nutritionally a smoothie isn’t a good idea? Saying that the nutrients begin to break down upon contact with oxygen is true, but a freshly blended smoothie hasn’t had time for a whole lot of oxidation to occur.

    From a cost perspective, I spent about $80 on my blender and it’s been a workhorse for me for almost 2 years of daily use now. And the total cost of my smoothie ingredients is probably less than $2/day.

    As a health coach, I recommend to most of my clients to experiment with green smoothies for a week and see if they feel any better – and about 95% of them adopt it as a regular part of their health regime because they love the effects so much.

    As for juicing, well, you only have to look at the mounting evidence of it’s health benefits – like the amazing transformation Joe Cross experienced and documented in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (www.fatsickandnearlydead.com) to see that it has incredible possibilities for nourishing and cleansing the human body. Personally, I have a client who is recovering from cancer and as part of her recovery has been juicing (mostly vegetables, with a hint of fruit) for over a year. She loves it and cannot imagine life without it. Several of her doctors have told her that the dietary choices she’s making, including juicing, are a big part in the success of her recovery.

    • http://www.meyouhealth.com/ Alicia B.

      Hi, Rachel. I’m a Health Coach in training. I’m currently on the Clean Program and can attest that a daily juicing/blending of fruits/veggies is a great idea.

      I think this blog post didn’t clarify anything for me… except maybe that it takes a lot of product to make one cup of juice. I’ve been blending all my fruits and veggies in the hopes of not having to buy a juicer. I don’t want any device to sit and gather dust.

      • http://twitter.com/awakewellness Rachel Assuncao

        Good luck with your training Alicia. Being a health coach is more rewarding that I can explain – giving people the tools to empower themselves in their health an then watching them transform their lives. It’s an incredible gift in the world.

      • Kqfoofz

        Hi Alicia.  You’re a health coach in training?  So not a doctor?  With no medical qualifications I assume?  I mean is there any reason to listen to you as opposed to, say, the homeless mentally ill lady on the corner down the street?  Just wondering, charlatans always make me wonder.  Especially charlatans in training.

    • Kqfoofz

      I hate marketing doiches and their little lackeys.

      Hey Rachel, just thought I might clarify something for you, “amazing health benefits” is a meaningless marketing phrase.  You have absolutely no idea how juicing has changed your life.  Maybe your shiny skin is due to a fungal infection, have you checked with your doctor?  You may want to do that.  This intuitive “I know how healthy I am, this is my body” crap that you new agey types are splattering around is hilarious – I’m angry about it because we have to deal with you idiots but mostly I’m just amazed that humanity has lasted as long as we have with this kind of garbage running around in your head.  ”I completely disagree” is the stupidest thing you could say in response to this article.  The article is a series of factual statements.  There is almost no opinion in here, therefore, nothing to disagree with.  It’s like gravity.  Not interested if you agree.Just to give us all an idea of what’s going on in that pretty little head of yours, wonder if you could say which of these statements you “completely disagree” with?”Almost all of the original material of the fruit is maintained in the liquid.”  ”Juicers, on the other hand, separate the juice from the pulp, seeds, skin, and anything not liquid in the original fruit.”..I know, just completely biased statements of opinion there.”…the exorbitant amount of sugar you’ll be getting by juicing all that fruit and losing ALL the fiber nature packed it with.”…Yep, even though we know the body processes fructose like alcohol, and that fructose acts like a slow-acting poison, causing fatty liver disease and lots of other bad things, the use of the word “exorbitant” is obviously an attempt to discredit the wonderful juicer.”Both blenders and juicers change the original form of the product, ”…oo, pure bias there…”but mostly losing lots of nutrients as the contact with oxygen (air) starts to mess with the the likes of vitamin C and some antioxidants.”…scandalous, muckraking journalism, scientifically unprovable, unless you’ve taken first year chemistry.”You need to buy a ton just to make a single cup of juice. ”…This was actually pointed out in fat, sick and nearly dead.  But nonetheless, yellow journalism I’m sure”Nutritionally your best bet is to use vegetables and fruit to make a salad, not juice, and not a smoothie.”..because you get all the nutrients in their original form, it’s cheaper, you don’t have to buy an 80 dollar juicer (which of course is the point of your slimy little industry), you get all the fiber that is intended to be eaten ALONG WITH the nutrients in fruits.(see a real doctor talk about this – one who went to actual medical school and did some work to get his job and title)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM&ob=av3ejackass.

      • Artzgurl1

        Sir, you sound like an arrogant ass. A Dr. only knows as much as a book and experience tell them. Like every other profession on the planet.
        However, you would probably agree that you know your body better than the person or doctor standing next to you.
        Don’t bash Rachel if she feels better and believes something that you don’t.
        Perhaps you should try it and see if that fat head of yours can be brought down to a healthier size.

      • tomv

        “Sir, you sound like an arrogant ass” is often another way of saying, “Sir, your argument sounds factually right but my mind is already made up.”  One of the problems with this topic is that there is so much anecdotal “evidence” that it is worse than having no evidence at all. I think the article clearly explains the up and down sides to juicing, blenders, etc.  I think Kqfoofz clearly explains the failure of Rachel to respond with any sort of usable information. 

        For example, Joe Cross lost weight, but he was 100lbs overweight.  Jason from the Subway commercials also lost a lot of weight. Should we now have a thread about whether a turkey sub is better than juicing? The truth is for most people that far overweight ANY lifestyle eating change will cut weight. The question is, what is it doing to the rest of your health. 

        I have metastatic renal cell carcinoma in my lungs. As a result, I take some real ass-kicking medications to stay alive. They have side-effects…bad ones. I am interested in any information about the antioxidant value of juicing, blending or fruit and vegetable consumption. But, these so-called testimonials that are nothing more than examples of poor critical thinking are unbearable.

        One of the most difficult things about having cancer is that everyone who has ever had a medical procedure done on them thinks they are now qualified to give medical advice. I have had people offer me their pills because “it worked for them.”  I usually say, “what do you do for a living again? Oh, an accountant you say…not sure I want to take pills prescribed by an accountant but thanks.”

        This phenomena is even worse with diet considerations. If you have an opinion that a technique has worked for you, is it beyond your ability to comprehend that it may not work for everyone? If you want to post on a thread like this, have the consideration to do a little research to find out if the REST of humanity might expect the same results. Or do you think you are the only person to experience these benefits?

         The article points out some serious issues about fruit juicing and Kqfoofz makes some more references to the way the body processes fructose. Even if you don’t like the way he said it (I do by the way) what should I do…start juicing peaches and not worry about the long term effect on my liver?  No, I will do more research to find out what people who study this stuff for a living are finding out. Kqfoofz therefore provided useful information where most posters provide only subjective anecdotes. 

        I chose to write to inform you that there are people out there who need real information about this topic. I don’t care if you are a “health coach”, a PhD. or #$%^ Jonas Salk. I only care about the objective evidence you can produce to support your view points. If you don’t have any–or if you don’t know why it is important that evidence be objective– kindly stop cluttering up boards like this with your “ideas”. It is offensive to those of us in need of real information.

    • Marc

      Hey Rachel just wondering what blender you could recommend that’s affordable to get the job done ?

    • ImJustSayin

      Jesus Christ! May the Lord have mercy on your toilet and any brave souls who hast to use it behind you!

  • Anne C Oneill

    I think you should eat and drink fruits and vegetables as you like them. The stress of worrying about it cancels out any health benefit, for me. I juice, make smoothies, and eat stuff straight up. It offers me variety and I just do what I’m in the mood for without adding stress to my plate about whether or not it’s a whole food. It’s better than eating Oreos!

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      Sound advice!

      • http://www.rainbowplate.com Janet Nezon

        Amen! There is no magic bullet (pardon the pun) for good health, and the evidence keeps coming back to the age old wisdom to eat a varied diet rich in fruits and veg. whole grains, etc. That means a diet varied in form as well. I do have a juicer (gathering dust), a blender (used frequently for great smoothies), and a diet that is mostly based on whole foods prepared simply and deliciously. I have to say that if I drink a smoothie for breakfast, I’m starving by mid-morning! I need to chew my food and fill my stomach with fiber. I simply don’t feel as full if I drink the same foods in liquid form. As a nutrition educator, I advise people of this all the time.
        Great site – love what you do! Janet Nezon Rainbow Plate http://www.rainbowplate.com

    • http://dalailina.wordpress.com Dalai Lina

      Well said. Do whatever healthy habits that work for you and call it a day!

  • Lmpersonaltraining

    I blend berries and a banana with soy every morning…have for years. Great way to start my day. I also consider its two great sources of fruit that I wouldn’t otherwise sit and eat, so its a good thing.

    Tried a juicer years ago, got it as a gift, found it a huge pain in the rump to clean, plus it wasted a huge amount of fruit and veggies. We gave it away :-)

  • http://www.majid.info/ Fazal Majid

    We got a Breville juicer as a wedding present, and stopped using it after a few weeks. Too bulky for our kitchen counter, and as the article points out, too much cleaning up. Our Vita-Mix blender, on the other hand, gets daily use, mostly to make soups, not smoothies.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    I’m a big high power blender fan. I use it like 2-3x/day. There is nothing wrong with eating and chewing your food, but most people don’t chew their food nearly as much as they should for best digestion and health benefits because we are in such a rush.

    The blender helps with that and it helps to get much more in. It’s easy to clean as well.

  • Autumn

    Agree! I felt like I was spending much more for a cup of juice than I could for a couple salads or snacks. I say don’t waste the money. Mine was used about 5 times and now it sits in the back of my cabinet. I don’t miss the added work of cleaning it.

  • Buick Riviera

    Smoothies, to me, provide a way to eat the things I know I should eat but for whatever reason I never get around to. My smoothies have blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, spinach, broccoli, avocado, banana, yogurt, whey protein, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, wheat germ and water. Almost all of these I keep frozen, because frozen fruit is cheaper than fresh almost the entire year, and it keeps indefinitely (meaning I can make a smoothie whenever I want). Frozen fruit is impossible to eat unless it’s baked or blended, so smoothies are a perfect solution. I don’t even really like the taste or texture of any of those things on their own, so I probably won’t eat enough if it weren’t for smoothies. Finally, smoothies make for a very quick lunch if you make them the night before.

  • Jessica

    I’ve never owned a juicer, so I’m partial to the blender. I use it to get more nutrients into my toddler, some days he’s just not into eating a whole apple or a particular veggie… so into a smoothie it goes. and is happily inhaled. I also use it alot to blend yogurt smoothies, then freeze in the popsicle molds for a healthy treat.

  • Tara Baklund

    I could be technically classified as a “Health Nut” having written a book on health and wellness and enjoying helping others on their health journey. I appreciate this article. It’s nice to see support of what I have intuitively felt. While a fruit or a vegetable may have terrific constituents, extracting and isolating them is not necessarily the key to balanced health for it is the complete package that gives us what we need- and also tells us when we’ve had enough. Traditional food preparation makes A LOT of sense to me, such as, soaking grains, eating dairy and meat from free-ranged animals, processing foods similarly to how our ancestors did. There is generations of knowledge that we have been disposing of- and nutrition as well! I like your tip- of eating the fruits and veggies in salads. Simply having to chew (which one does not do when drinking) stimulates saliva excretion which helps the body to digest better. Juicing or blending a shake is not the end of the world as far as food preparation goes; I believe and teach that we need to listen to what our bodies need- this is most important. Take care everyone! For Life and Health- Tara Baklund

    • Kqfoofz

      Hi Tara, just wondering if you have any actual qualifications in the medical field?  Or are you just faking it and bs’ing people about “wellness” (said in a breathy voice) – You ever see the mentalist?  Patrick jane?  That guy hates people like you almost as much as me.

  • Louis-Maxime

    I have both. I use the juicer for some fruits like watermelon, pineapple, apple, pear, and with some vegetables like carrots, tomatoes and cucumber. I use blender for banana, mango, berries etc…

    When I’m using it, I have the feeling that I’m taking care of myself with a delicious treat, and it’s the only reason for me that worth it. It’s also fun to do it with my kids who’s really feeling that’s power tools in the kitchen… To see their faces when the fruits hits the blades worth the pain of cleaning…

  • Penny

    I own both, and use my (very easy to clean, very powerful, best on the market in my opinion) juicer every day for the year+ that I’ve had it. I juice vegetables mostly. Just enough fruit (1/2 lemon and 1/2 orange) to take the edge off. Yes, juicing (especially organic) gets expensive, but to me, it’s worth it. It has become as much a part of my morning ritual as making coffee and brushing my teeth. My already quite good health has improved since I started juicing. I don’t get sick anymore (colds, flu) and my allergies have all but gone away. I swear by green juice. In addition, I make a fruit/spinach smoothie about once or twice a week for breakfast. ‘Meh’ is the last thing I would say when it comes to juicing.

    • http://www.fooducate.com/blog Fooducate

      What if you ate all that produce instead?

      • http://www.meyouhealth.com/ Alicia B.

        What’s the problem with juicing versus eating? If it’s healthy, it’s a good thing! So whether or not you eat your spinach or blend it, does it really matter?

        • Kqfoofz

          Hey Alicia, me again.

          So first, try reading.

          Second…well, if you read the article there’s no second.

          However, since you don’t read…

          IT’S EXPENSIVE

          IT’S LESS HEALTHY THAN A SALAD

          HOWEVER IT’S BETTER THAN OREOS.

          • DrGarrison

            Hey Dick – Is that your name?  You sound more like the author of this blog than a doctor.  If juice and smoothies get people to consume more fruits and vegetables then I say let them be.  If you can’t take criticism then don’t write blogs with comment sections.

        • Kqfoofz

          Oh right, forgot:

          YOU’RE NOT A DOCTOR.  YOU’RE A RECEPTIONIST OR A FOOD SERVICE PERSON PRETENDING TO KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION.  ONLY STUPID PEOPLE WILL GIVE YOU MONEY.

      • Penny

        Yes, I do tend to eat a lot of produce throughout the day as well. But I really like the idea that, if I don’t eat especially well on a given day, I know that I have already had about 8-10 servings of veggies/fruits first thing in the morning. And I don’t know if it’s true or not, but the idea of having that heavy duty injection of vitamins/minerals on an empty stomach in the morning – it just feels like a big glug of health, in a really easy way. I agree with Alicia below – get it any way you can. I just LOVE my juicer, and had to share.

    • Kqfoofz

      Meh.

  • judy simon

    i feel more satisfied “chewing” my food. for some reason i have never found smoothies or juicing satisfying. i feel like i got a beverage and no meal. i am probably the only person in the world that gets fat on juicing and smoothies. maybe because they are digested so quickly and leave me hungry? i will continue to eat my fruits and veggies unblended..but that’s just me.

  • FrugalArugula

    Unless you are all underweight, personally, I agree with the post.

    I really don’t see how I could *need* more food than I can manage to find the “time” to chew in a day. That just sounds like lazy overconsumption to me.

    Personally I’m all about eating as much of an array of nutrient dense foods that my body is hungry for in a day. Having prechewed foods, or worse yet, having healthy fruits and vegetables stripped of their fiber, etc. just seems like a scam.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sandernm Stan & Bec Sander

    I’ve never owned a juicer or wanted one. I do use my blender to make smoothies with frozen fruit and soy protein powder. I make them as a treat following a long workout.

  • Sharice Leger

    Although it is natural sugar juice still is full of sugar n empty calories! Don’t give into the hype.
    I agree whole fruits n veggies are better but if u want a healthy drink to go instead of sitting to eat I would blend least u still get some fiber from the pulp.

  • http://www.foodieformerlyfat.com Foodie, Formerly Fat

    I fully agree that a blender is the way to go over a juicer, but I am fully on board with smoothies. I used to be 100 pounds overweight and I used to drink a ton of calories. Many of them came from juices. You are right that the lack of fiber is a huge problem when fruit is juiced. Your body absorbs the sugar without the digestive benefit of the fiber so it isn’t filling.

    But, I’m 90 pounds lighter now smoothies (homemade ones) are a staple of my food routine. In the morning I take plain yogurt, a frozen banana, some other frozen whole fruits, and ice and that gets me through until lunchtime. It’s a low calorie, non-fat, high protein (I use Greek yogurt) breakfast that is filling and satisfying.

    Blender and smoothie “yes”!

  • Eddie

    Smoothies are my version of supplements – in a strict sense of the word. I still eat whole fruits and veggies – I LOVE the texture and refreshing feel of a chopped Green Pepper, Cucumber, Cantaloupe, Watermelon etc. But sometimes I don’t have time to prepare a salad or a meal that incorporates the whole version of these foods. And other times, a smoothie is a great complementary drink to a meal. Either way, as long as you’re introducing a whole orchestra of nutrients to your body, I don’t see where you’re going wrong. I don’t think I would use a juicer though because it seems like a waste to get rid of the pulp. I’ve always been a fan of pulp.

  • Esunrise76

    I enjoy a salad, fresh fruit and vegetables, smothies and fresh juice. I have some incredible, tasty recpies that I use regularly. Juicing is a great way to get raw, what I would otherwise cook. I have absolutely no desire to chew on a raw beet or ginger root, but I will juice them with carrot and apple!
    Whatever floats your boat! And yes, cleaning the juicer can be a pain, but well worth the effort. In a house without a TV, there would be lots of time to clean a juicer.

    • Sammy Kye

      Any willingness to share some of your incredible tasty recipes? :)

      • Kqfoofz

        Plants.

  • T Gariepy

    I prefer a blender because it is better at extracting all the chill goodness out of frozen coffee cubes. Plus I find it a good way to use up all the “leftover” frozen berries that I didn’t know what to do with last fall after getting sick of raspberries fresh and jammed and canned and even the birds were sick of them by then. I spent five dollars on my blender at a yard sale and it was a good buy, imo.

  • JS

    This has been one of my least favorite fooducate articles so far. I am a dietetics student about 2 weeks out from finishing my degree. I do not agree with the position you have taken on blenders. Smoothies can be a great way to feed picky children fruits and vegetables or an easily and quickly digested pre-work out snack. I will however agree with the fact that juicers are over priced and will eliminate any fiber in fruits and vegetables. I wish there was a little more solid evidence on this blog sometimes.

    • Kqfoofz

      Hey,the writer said that salads are better than blenders.  He didn’t say ANYTHING – NOT A SINGLE WORD – about little bratty kids like yours.  Here’s solid evidence – HIS ENTIRE ARTICLE.  Try reading it next time.

  • http://www.culturezest.org/home/users/detail/?UserHexID=249504E0-CF7A-495A-88C4-51AD7B3018A2 Kelsie Taggart

    I think veggies and fruits are perfect to eat by them selves that is unless you totally despise the flavor of that vegetable, then make it into a smoothy with some strawberries, or some other robust flavored fruit or vegetable. That is if you can’t live with out what ever nasty tasting thing you are trying to eat.

  • seemichellecook.com

    I agree, juicing mostly leaves you with water, sugar and some left over vitamins. Top quality blenders like the vitamix though can be your best friend IF you put it to work. If you regularly drink veggie shakes, grind nuts for nutbutters or make your own flour then they are completely worth the high price. If not then a cheap blender and food processor is all you need.

  • Patyoungz

    I have a new recipe that makes the most delicious brownies – with black beans! No flour. It just amazes me. I’ve never needed a juicer and agree that a juicer wastes lots of the good parts of veggies and fruit that we need to be eating (like the fiber). Pat in SNJ

  • The Healthy Hoff

    I first bought the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer and then returned it without even using it after opening the box and realizing how much trouble it was going to be to clean it.

    Then I finally bit the bullet and bought a Vitamix. Manly, because as the post addressed, I would not be losing the fiber as I would with a juicer (and it’s easier to clean).

    Two years later, I still use my Vitamix daily – smoothies, sauces, soups, hummus, rice milk. It has turned out to be a way better investment than a Juicer.

    Am I losing nutrients by blending? Maybe, but I’m getting way more fruits and vegetables into my body then I did before blending.

    http://thehealthyhoff.blogspot.com/

  • Stephanie

    If the comparison is juicer vs. blender- Aren’t we are comparing ways to drink fruit/veggies? How does eating a salad win the argument of the best way to drink your veggies?

    • Cknut3

      well, for me and my hubby (and 11 yr old son with sp. needs)…..we like the green smoothies cuz it gets us our greens that we otherwise wouldn’t eat in such a great quantity. that’s why WE use the blender vs. just straight up eating a salad. but we DO eat salads too.

  • Swimeditor

    I have to say that we love our VitaMix. It certainly doesn’t replace eating salads or veggies but it also gives you the option to have kale (or just about anything you can think of) for breakfast in a refreshing, fruity smoothie.

  • Darren Haynes

    I think some of the problem is a little bit to do with seeing things as ‘this or that’. To ‘juice or to blend’, ‘to eat fruit and veggies or drink them’. I for onr like to juice, blend and chew. I love a fresh vegetable juice in the morning on an empty stomach about 20 minutes of so before breakfast. With no other food in your stomach, the juice has no other food to fight with in the stomach for digestion and you can get a whole load of detoxifying antioxidants in a very easy to absorb format.

    The key here is ‘vegetable juice’ and not fruit juice. Fruit juice is very sugary compared to vegetable juice, especially since the fiber is missing to help slow down the rate at which we digest the sugar and therefore increasing the glycemic index. A juice made with mainly green vegetables and maybe a little carrot and/or beets to make the greens more palatable really is nutritional treat – we maybe missing out on fiber, but we get a whole load of everything else.

    In saying that I prefer a green smoothie, or fruit smoothie with protein powder as a snack during the day. I get to keep the fiber this time!

    At breakfast time I eat veggies by making egg or tofu scramble with bell peppers, garlic tomatoes and onoin. I like some whole vegetable with lunch and dinner, too.

    So we can blend, juice and chew, we just have to be smart about when and how.

  • Camiii

    Thank you all for bringing up the important benefits of blenders and juicers that the post missed. And in reference to the Bottom Line comment, I for one (& I imagine most of us) have our smoothy AND also salads, grains & protein source in chewable form.

    My powerhorse blender (costly, though worth it) definitely does not gather dust, nor my juicer though not used as often. It’s easy to feel good (mentally and physically) when starting the day with a chock-full-of-nutrients vegetable & fruit smoothy. As for the blender, it cleans in an instant. Although it takes longer to clean a juicer (still, less than 5 minutes of my day), some days a carrot-celery-beet-apple & ginger juice drink is simply pure nectar.

    A few times, I mixed fresh apple pulp from juicing with sliced-apples when baking a pie. Voila…it worked and of cause, less waste.

  • LauraArgo

    Darren, your comment is probably the most informed in this thread. No offence, but we are comparing apples to oranges by pitting blenders vs. juicers. The two methods have different purposes and health benefits.

    Primarily, juicing is best used therapeutically for cleansing and healing the body. This is often done for predetermined periods of time, or until the desired change is observed.

    Blending fruits, veggies and other foods is a great way of getting a nutritionally high-impact meal or snack. It’s often the easiest way to consume some of those foods that we otherwise would find challenging to incorporate in our diet.

    Whether you prefer to puree or chew your food is rather irrelevant and missing the point of why these preparation methods exist in the first place.

  • Jennifer

    I have both a decent-powered juicer & a high-powered blender. I tried using the juicer regularly for a while, but it takes SO MUCH to make 1 cup of juice. My kids prefer just orange juice anyway (for which I use a citrus juicer).

    The blender though? It gets LOTS of use. I can sneak in greens and nut fats that my kids need but don’t generally “eat” on their own – as long as they don’t see me make it. :)

    That being said, we also eat a lot of whole fruits & veggies. As I type this my daughter is having her 1st banana of the day. She will ask for another one at least 3 times (not that she will get them all!). They eat salad by choice, and a diet filled with fresh, whole produce.

    The smoothies are a great way to start the day on a morning that we don’t have extra time, and in the Summer we make sorbet almost daily. Just toss in some frozen fruit and a splash of coconut water and voila! Delicious treat in minutes.

    If you are doing a detox or in some way need the straight nutrients of juice, by all means go for the juicer – but do the research first. For me? It was too wasteful and simply not cost-effective to juice. Now I just toss the whole fruit or veggie in the blender. :)

  • Mike

    Fruit juice for breakfast, smoothies for dinner, what a healthy and delicious way to start and end your day.However you can incorporate more fruit and veggies into your diet is a definite health benefit.
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    Mike

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  • Nwescapist

    I have a manual squeeze and twist style citrus juicer for making orange juice and a basic blender for making smoothies. For me it’s the best simplistic combo. My citrus juicer rinses easy and takes up almost no space, stows away in a drawer when I’m done with it. When I want other fruit tasties to drink, its’ usually a banana, or berries or something or something that easily breaks up in the blender. No mess no fuss.

  • Rich B.

    I completely disagree with this post. Most people (Americans) have a difficult time adding enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. What’s worse is people think that juice bought form the store (i.e. orange juice) is an equivalent alternative to eating the fruit. Smoothies on the other give the consumer the entire fruit (usually a variety, another bonus) in an easily consumable form. As an competitive athlete this is much more appealing to be me because I can get all the nutrients from fruit (fiber, sugars, phytochemicals, etc.) with out having to sit there and spend a lot of time eating a bunch of fruit or vegetables, not to mention it is still very healthy in this form.

    Juicing on the other hand is more for vegetables where the juice is hard to obtain. In this case, using a blender would result in mostly pulp and little juice. For those of us who eat a bunch of fruits and vegetables during the day, we can sacrifice some fiber for the benefits of the nutrients in the juices of the vegetable. Not to mention, these juices can be added to smoothies. One of my favorite juices to make is beet juice! A recent study in the J. of Applied Physiology showed athletes can exercise longer with the addition of beets in their diet due to the increased nitrate content of their blood.

  • Itzach Stern

    One kitchen appliance that you can’t be without these days is a juicer. The best juicers can provide you with some of the most nutritious and delicious drinks there are in just a few seconds.

    Breville 800JEXL

  • Double Frick

    i can say i am not technically an expert–though i am well-read and know my stuff. plus, i look significanly younger than my age and am healthier and look better than i did in high school! ;D
    but i can also say from personal experience that juicing has added so much to my overall health AND appearance. i only juice once a day at this point and one glass costs me about….$3, tops. (carrots/beets/celery/*sometimes* a pear or apple). sometimes i add frozen berries, coconut oil and turmeric+cinnamon to make a really interesting and delicious smoothie. and since i began juicing it has inpsired me to EAT more veggies as well. (i also juice the skin—even pineapple since it has bromelain and helps with my period cramps!)
    of course if all you juice is fruit then all you will get is sugar and you could have easily EATEN it and gotten the fiber. but most people will NOT eat enough veggies to suffice, and while you sacrifice the fiber you still get the nutrients the veggies provide, invaluable. and did i mention that once i started juicing i started eating MORE vegeatables? they weren’t such a chore anymore…

    if i could blend my carrots and beets smoothly, i would definitely consider the blender–but juicing is definitely beneficial. its not an end all, but its definitely got its own wealth of benefits. :) (have you heard of the Gerson Therapy?)

    i agree with another comment…its not one over another. its best to eat veggies (and fruits) in a variety of ways to get all the different nutritional benefits they all have to offer. but i think my juicer is one of the best things i have EVER bought in my life and use it at least once a day! i guess its not for everyong, but after juicing for at least a month and noticing my hair and skin looking better, as well as my physique and i FEEL better too. it was only $10 on craigslist!!! a pound of carrots is only $4 at costco! so worth it!

    now i want a wheatgrass juicer now too so i can take wheatgrass everyday and maybe juice some other wonderful things, juicing is just so exciting!!! <3

    • Kqfoofz

      Hi Double, I was wondering, you say the “juicing has added so much to my overall health AND appearance.”  But that phrase, “so much” is usually followed by a “that…” phrase

      Like, “I ate SO MUCH … THAT I became a huge pork pie”
      or, “I drank SO MUCH… THAT I fell on my face right in front of this place that serves pork pies.”

      You know, ENGLISH.

      So, for you and EVERY OTHER IDIOT WHO DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO COMMUNICATE A SINGLE F’ING THOUGHT…

      SO MUCH THAT WHAT!!!!!!??????

      • in Virginia

        You may or may not be right kqfoofz, but you definitely are mean spirited and should leave this blog since it upsets you so much. have a better day.

      • Gladiator

        Kqfoofz, you’re the f’ing idiot. “So much” does not have to be used with “that”. Show one reference somewhere that says it does. Go back to high school and learn some grammar before you make yourself look stupid while trying to berate someone else.

        http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/grammar-understanding-so-and-too/

        “3. So much and so many can be used when you want a stronger way of saying a lot!”

        Idiot.

  • Shellstaf

    It’s confusing to me, but I’m going to try both.I just bought a nice juicer and I’ve had this old blender which I haven’t used in years.I bought all the veggies and fruits to make Dr Oz’s green drink.I wonder what it’s going to taste like, going to make it tomorrow morning.I was wondering what the parsley does? Oh, well another adventure tomorrow, trying to live healthier.Any suggestions???? I would appreciate any advice

  • Matty

    A blender is probaly better: it uses less fruit, it doesn’t waste the good stuff like the skins, and it cleans up easier. Also i think its important to add ice for two reasons. 1.) it adds water-blendered juice can be too thick especially if you add greens 2.) it cools the blades of the blender-heat from the blades could breakdown some of the natural enzymes

  • Joe

    You didn’t address the question in the title. Rather, you addressed juicers versus vegetables and fruit. I don’t believe the choices are as simple as you are suggesting. Raw fruit and vegatables are usually cheaper per unit of nutrition than processed foods and a drink can be eaten “on the run” so can help many people get better nutrition and less processed food. Your arguments do not seem very comprehensive or well-thought out, IMHO.

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  • gate_raid

    I know this is an old thread, but I have to post this to disagree that juicers are a pain. I think you should have both. Sometimes I want just pure juice without all the junk so I use my juicer. Sometimes I want the “junk” and use a blender to make a smoothie. As for juicer clean up? There’s a really neat video at
    http://www.squidoo.com/breville-800jexl-best-price-for-you that shows how fast clean up can be.