Why Smoothies are better than Juicing
It’s funny how the health industry has put juicing & these “green juices” on a high horse. Don’t get me wrong, all the vegetables/fruit in these juices do wonders for your body, but NOT if they are being put through a juicer. Here’s why blending these ingredients to make a smoothie, rather than putting them through a juicer, is better for you!
You may have heard this before, but juicing takes out a LOT of the fiber in these vegetables/fruits. Fiber is good for us because it is digested by our gut bacteria & we want to feed that bacteria! One of them is butyrate which is a good bacteria that lines our colon. Butyrate is fed by fiber, so if we feed them, they help us right back!
BUT here’s the thing, we remove more than just fiber when juicing – we risk losing all of the nutrients that are bound to fiber. Polyphenol Phytonutrients are thought to be bound to fiber, therefore when we lose the fiber from juicing, we are also losing many of these phytonutrients. These are a huge category of nutrients, but here are a few of them:
- Carotenoids: yellow, orange & red pigment in fruits/vegetables. These are also present in dark green, leafy vegetables but the yellow color is masked by the chlorophyll.
- Flavonoids: reddish pigments found in red grape skins & citrus fruits
- Polyphenols: found in green tea & berries
- Indoles: found in cruciferous vegetables (kale, cauliflower, mustard greens, collard greens, broccoli, etc)
So you can see how if you are juicing & removing much of the fiber from the vegetables you are putting into the juicer, then you are also missing out on a ton of these phytonutrients! Phytonutrients promote good health & so let’s keep them in our juice by blending instead of juicing!!