Fresh vegetable and fruit juices have very high regeneration potential. The observed health benefits are numerous: an improvement over pain or sickness, greater energy and overall wellbeing. However, the differences between a blender and a juicer are far more important than one may think. It is an oversimplification to consider the process of juicing or blending as simply reducing fruits and vegetables to a healthy beverage. The processes that are involved are quite different, and the result is too! Here is the essential information when considering what is best for you.

The blender

The blender processes the whole fruits and vegetables, resulting in a thicker juice (often called a smoothie) that includes the fiber or pulp. Blending is easy and fast. It is better suited for softer fruits and vegetables (like bananas and avocados) than harder (like carrots or beetroots). You can also add other ingredients to your smoothies like milk, yogurt, nuts and dates.

Advantages of Blending

  • The blender processes the whole fruit or vegetable, so there is no waste.NutriBullet NBR-1201
  • As the resulting juice includes the insoluble fibers, it takes longer to digest, so your appetite stays satisfied for longer.
  • The fact that the digestion is slower prevents sugar spikes in the blood.
  • As the fiber in the smoothie goes through your digestive system, it may have a cleansing effect on the colon.
  • As the fruits and vegetables are broken down into small pieces, they may be a little easier to digest than if consumed in a meal.

Things to keep in mind

  • If your intestines are irritated, too much fiber may increase the irritation.
  • Insoluble fiber has little nutritional value and demands a lot of energy from your body to digest. It is better not to overdo it, so don’t consume large amounts that you would not consume in a meal.
  • Blending creates air pockets that may lead to oxidation if the smoothie is nor consumed at once.
  • Be careful when adding a lot of fruit to the mix as the sugar content is higher and may be harmful, especially if you have diabetes.

The juicer

Unlike the blender, the juicer extracts the juice from a raw vegetable or fruit, separating the nutrient-rich liquid from the fiber. The result is that you can pack more fruit or veggies per cup. It is better suited for hard fruits and vegetables, and often ginger or turmeric may be added.

Advantages of juicing

  • The extracted juice is super-rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, sugars Juicerand fatty acids in the most easily digestible form. As they are separated from the fiber, the body can absorb them, build, alkalize and regenerate.
  • Nutrients are quickly absorbed in the blood, and you instantly feel energized.
  • They are easily digested, resulting in energy savings for other functions of the body (including detoxification and boost of the immune system).
  • They are beneficial for weak GI tract (gastrointestinal).

As a result, they can be highly beneficial for individuals suffering from multiple diseases, including chronic joint and muscle pain digestive issues, rashes, fatigue and stress. That is because they allow for easy absorption of vital nutrients and minerals while allowing the gut to rest and regenerate. The body is equipped with the ability to do that if we allow it to rest and restore.

Things to keep in mind

  • Juicing produces juices that are super rich in nutrients. 1-2 glasses maximum per day is enough. Juices must be considered as meals, drink them slowly and ideally without anything else so that you can allow the digestive system to rest.
  • You should drink no more than one glass at any given time and drink it slowly to allow for the nutrients to be absorbed without overcharging your system.
  • Be careful when adding a lot of fruit to the mix as the sugar content is higher and may be harmful, especially if you have diabetes.
  • During winter, drinking less concentrated meals like juices can make you feel colder.

When considering the type of juicer, you have the choice between a centrifugal juicer or a cold press juice extractor (also called masticating). The centrifuge is easy to use and more affordable and can be a great way to get into juicing. However, in the process of extracting the juice, the heat of the spinning blades deteriorates the quality of the juices. If you are serious about juicing and want to get the most health benefits from your fruits and vegetables, you should opt for a juice extractor. The extractor slowly presses and crushes (masticates) the ingredients to produce the juice. It optimizes the quality, preserving the essential nutrients, as well as the quantity of the extracted juice.

Juice extractors may be more expensive or bulkier and, therefore, less popular. However, their advantages are too significant to ignore if you want to get the maximum health benefits.

So Juicer or Blender – which is best for you?

Blending advocates may argue that juicing results in a lot of waste. On the other hand, juicing advocates may say that it is more difficult to absorb and assimilate all the necessary nutrients from a blend. The best solution is the one that best fits you. If your digestion and overall health are strong and you want to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet, blending may be right for you. If you seek to strengthen your health with digestible vital nutrients while allowing the body to rest and regenerate, juicing may be right for you. In both cases, the benefits that you will have are huge! Check out the our top choices for the best juicers on the market.

What ingredients to use

vegetables for juicing

Juices can be made of vegetables, fruits, or a mix, but it is recommended to incorporate a maximum of vegetables as they contain less sugar. A balance of 70% vegetable or more and the rest fruit is a good compromise. You can also check out some anti-inflammatory juice recipes.

For those interested in learning more about the benefits of vegetables and fruits and finding out recipes for the different diseases or ailments, I recommend a classic book from Dr. N.W. Walker, one of the founding fathers of juicing, Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices.

12 thoughts on “difference between juicer and blender – which is best

  1. Akshay

    Awesome post. Honestly speaking, I have used juicers of all kinds, but I have never ever used a blender so far, in fact, I was unaware of the idea of blending soft fruits and vegetables! 

    I’m glad that I get to read your post today. I’ll surely be looking for a blender now. Through blender I will get the more natural flavor and nutritional value will be good as well.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this educational article for me.

  2. Antwnhs

    Hi Elef,

    I am in the hunt for a blender, so I stumbled upon your website and this post caught my eye. It is so interesting to see two different ways of drinking juices and I think I will end up buying a cold press juice extractor since it keeps the biggest quantity of the healthy nutrients. However, can that work with vegetables? I prefer my juices with vegetables usually, so what is your opinion? Should I still opt for the cold press juice extractor? Would it be able to extract juice from spinach for example? Or a blender would work better in thus case?

    1. Elef

      Hi Antwnhs and thank you for your comment. The cold press juicers work great with vegetables and leafy greens too. I use spinach frequently in my juices as it has a smooth taste and can be added to many recipes. Blenders and juicers are both good ways to include more fruits and vegetables to your diet. What is best suited for depends on different factors including your personal preferences.

  3. Manuel Aguiar

    Excellent post, I knew the differences between the juicer and the blender, but I didn’t know that the juicer has all those advantages. I’m more of a smoothie person, but ill try the juicer for now on an alternate from a smoothie to juice once in a while. There are some juices that I like but don’t drink them too often for the lack of a juicer like a carrot juice, or the 3 in one, carrot, orange and beet. Thanks for this informative post!!

    1. Elef

      Thank you Manuel, for commenting on this post. If you can have both a blender and a juicer in your kitchen, this is ideal!

  4. Nimrodngy

    Wow. Thanks a lot for this comparison. I never knew what are the difference between blender and a juicer. I currently have a blender and I was thinking of changing it with a juicer. I go to the gym every day and I need a lot of energy. I think this product will help me in absorbing faster all the nutrients. As you said here, the advantage of the easy digestion process is very remarkable. This product helps me to think about my favorite quote: ” Healthy mind in a healthy body” . 

    Thanks again and i hope to see more posts like this. Wish you all the best!

  5. Dave Sweney

    Thanks for clarifying the differences between a blender and a juicer and also explaining which is best for the different jobs that we expect them to do for us in the kitchen. I use both and it depends on the job and the product as to which is the one I use. There have been times when I wished I had not used what I selected however, so I can always learn something, which is why I am here!

    I have come up with a novel use for the pulp that is left over when I juice fruits and vegetables – I use it in soups that I make with other vegetables and it adds a great flavor to the soups and I think is also healthier (and no waste). We use the cold press version of juicer and it works great.

    If at all possible I would like to keep both machines as they work well each in their own way. If I had to go with just one, it would likely be the blender as I can still get the juice through using a sieve (most of it anyway)…You have provided some good guidance, good post!  

    1. Elef

      Hello Dave. Using the remaining pulp to make soups (or sauces) is indeed a good idea for reducing waste! Thank you for this feedback.

  6. JealousLi

    I bought a juicer in the supermarket last year. Because I bought this product for the first time, I didn’t know the relevant knowledge and product performance on the Internet in advance, so I used it for a long time after I bought it.
    After having more family members this year, my husband told me yesterday that I needed to buy a Blender. I told him, isn’t there a Juicer in the home? He replied, my dear, we are buying Blender because you have to learn to make the smoothie.
    So thank you very much for this timely post that let me know the difference before them.

  7. Claude Langlais

    Thank you Elef for a very interesting article. 

    I have always used a juice extractor and have always been satisfied with it. 

    A blender does not allow us to appreciate the juices from cucumber, carrots, cabbage, apple pears, etc. Thanks to my juice extractor I was able to diet and lose 25 pounds and the juices I was making were mixing fruits and vegetables and were delicious.

    I use a Breville centrifugal juicer like the one we see in your article.

  8. kkila

    Awesome post, it is very educational, I have always used a blender to make my smoothies, now I have learned something new with juicing, this means I will need a juicer as I see from your post that the nutrition value is super-rich here when using a juicer. you have a site that has value to helping people live a healthy life.  I have bookmarked it so I can go back to it.

    Cheers

    KKila 

    1. Elef

      Thank you kkila for your comment.

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