Juicer v.s. Blender

by Betty Goodberry

Should I buy a Juicer or a Blender

 

With the growing rate of obesity and other diseases more and more people are becoming more proactive about their health. This means that people are beginning to try to eat healthier by reducing the amount of processed foods in their diets and by trying to eat more healthy fruits and vegetables. However, people often find it difficult to actually eat their daily allowance of fruit and vegetables either raw or cooked and looking for ways to include these foods into their diets in new and healthy ways.

Juicers and Blenders are two appliances that can allow those people concerned about their health to enjoy those healthy fruits and vegetables in other ways than on the plate as a side dish. However, many people simply aren’t sure which is the better appliance to invest in, a blender or a juicer? So let’s look at both this appliances and see which one is the most useful for getting you to consume all those fruits and vegetables.

Juicer

The main purpose of a juicer is to extract vitamin and nutrients from fruits and vegetables into the juice. It then discards the pulp and fiber. Juice that comes from juicer is highly concentrated with vitamin and mineral so drinking a glass of carrot juice or kale, for example, is equivalent of eating 1 lb or carrot or kale without filling up your stomach with 1 lb of fibers so you can have room to eat other food.

Juicer extracts nutrients from produce using different technologies such as centrifugal separation, masticating (chewing), or hydrolic pressure which breaks down the fruit and the cell walls of the fruits. Some juicers extract more nutrients than others. Masticating and Tritulating (Twin Gear) juicers are designed to juice both fruits and vegetables and most importantly they are designed to break down the cell wall of the fruits where most enzymes and nutrients are stored. Therefore they are the most popular among those who want to live the raw/vegetarian lifestyle. It is also ideal for those who have difficulty with digestive system because nutrients from pulp and fiber are extracted into a glass of juice so it can be readily absorbed into the body.

In general, most juicers tend to do well with fiberous types of vegetables or fruits such as celery, apple, carrots but they don’t do well on soft fruit such as banana or kiwi.

What A Juicer Can Do Besides Juice

Depending on the type of juicer you choose, a juicer (masticating juicer) can do more than just making fruit or vegetable juice. Many manufacturers of Juicer have expanded the functionality of their product so they can do more kitchen chores such as prepare raw food, healthy frozen desserts, fresh nut butters, baby food, puree hard food for older folks. Some can even extrude pasta. Champion Juicers and Omega 8006 are good example of this.

Juicers are primarily used by people who want significantly to improve their health by drinking their daily allotment of vegetables and some of their fruits. Some people have health conditions that are not being improved by traditional medicine and are using juicing as a way of improving their health.

Blender

The main purpose of a blender is to make short work of some kitchen chores, such as chopping, pureeing, and creaming a variety of foods including fruits and vegetables. Generic Blenders are not specifically designed to separate out nutrients from small molecules of the produce so they don’t extract quite as many nutrients as juicers can. Blenders do not separate juice from the pulp so the final result is all ingredients mashed together. If you blend one pound of carrot or kale, you will have to consume 1 pound of thick carrot or kale paste as opposed to one glass of juice. Some people add water into the final product of blenders to make it more easier to drink.

Blenders tend to do well for very soft fruits as well such as banana, kiwi, strawberry, blueberry whereas most juicers may have difficulty juicing them.

What A Blender Can Do

A blender can do some of the things that a juicer cannot do such as salsa, salad dressing, chop food, or blend ice, turning fruits into smoothie, frozen dessert, ice cream, sauces, and dressings which can be incredibly healthy and taste great.

However, keep in mind that by adding milk, sugar, and syrups you are also going to be increasing your calorie intake as well.

A blender can be a great way to add fruits and vegetables your child normally doesn’t eat to their diet because you puree vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower into your pasta sauce and they will never know they are eating these vegetables.

Blenders are normally used by people who want to save time in the kitchen when preparing food. Most People who choose blenders over juicers tend to be those who are all ready in reasonably good health and are simply trying to maintain their balanced diet rather than heal specific health problems.

For those who want to support raw or green living lifestyle, the more powerful blenders (2.5 HP or higher such as Vitamix, Blendtec Total Blender) is recommended because it can break down the very small cell walls of fruits and vegetables and allowing access to the nutrients stored within.

Conclusion

If you want to support raw-food or vegan lifestyle or are dealing with specific health problems and want to get the maximum benefits from fruits and vegetables then any juicer or high HP blender should be the appliance you purchase.

If you are just looking to do variety of food in your kitchen or add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet either a cheaper blender or any juicer can accomplish that goal.

Another important deciding factor should be which appliance meets your specific needs. Start by thinking what kind of fruits or vegetables you want to use and whether it is more appealing to you in the form of juice or blended (smoothie), how much time you want to spend cleaning up and waiting for the finished product and which appliance meets your budget.

You also need to keep in mind that if you can afford it, there is no rule saying that you can’t own both a juicer and blender and truly make consuming those fruits and vegetables as versatile as possible.

 

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