Consuming fruits and vegetables are known to provide many nutritional benefits for the human body. It is also known that there are several different ways to consume fruits and vegetables, such as: eating whole produce, cold-pressed juicing whole produce, and blending your produce into a smoothie. In this week’s blog post, we will discuss the differences and benefits of cold-pressed juicing vs. smoothies.
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Cold-pressed juicing involves the process of slowly pressing whole fruits and vegetables (with a masticating slow juicer), which will allow the produce’s juice to extract from the fiber of the produce. This process does not involve pasteurization or high heat. Many advocates of cold-press juicing believe that the nutritional quality of the juice from this process exceeds that of centrifugal juices and other pasteurized juices. Cold-press juices do not contain as much fiber from fruits and vegetables (typically contained in the skin of the produce) ; therefore, it is not recommended as a complete replacement for your daily meals.
Similar to cold-pressed juices, smoothies are created from whole raw fruits and vegetables; however, the entire fruit is blended during this process. Smoothies are thick and contain both fiber and juice from the produce. There are also other additions that can be added to smoothies, such as protein powder, flax seeds, chai seeds, and other natural enhancers.
Differences between cold-pressed juices and smoothies
Both cold-pressed juices and smoothies are beneficial to the body and contain many nutritional proponents to supplement a healthy diet. There are still several differences that you should be aware of when considering which one to consume.
|Smoother and not thick||Thick and can sometimes be consumed with a spoon|
|Contain minimal fiber||Contains fiber|
|Uses a process that extracts the juice from the entire fruit and vegetable||Uses a process that keeps the whole fruit and veggie in the same container|
|More timely to make||Faster to make|
|Typically the juicer that is used is more expensive than a blender||Typically blenders are less expensive than slow pressing juicers|
|Is not recommended for a meal replacement||Can sometimes be used as a meal replacement|
|The nutritional quality exceeds that of other processes||Nutritional quality is not as high as cold-pressed juicing|
As you may have noticed, there are several differences between cold-pressed juices and smoothies; however, as we stated before, there are nutritional benefits for consuming either one.
It is all up to your preference!
Final Wrap Up
Our recommendation is to try each of them on separate occasions, listen to your body, understand how each make you feel, and decide for yourself if you only like juices, only like smoothies, or like both. There is no harm in choosing a smoothie one day and a cold-pressed juice the next, just remember to consult with your doctor first before making changes to your diet.
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This post is for enlightenment purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for professional evaluations and treatments. Remember to always consult your doctor or healthcare provider before making any health-related decisions
Crocker, Pat, 2015. Juicing and Smoothies For Dummies