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Health benefits of juicing vs. smoothies

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., April 19, 2013 - 1:06pm

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"Thus, the Produce for Better Health Foundation recommends no more than 8 to 12 ounces of blended or juiced produce daily." Why only 8 to 12oz. Please elaborate.


04/24/2013 - 1:05am

Bottom line: DIY smoothies reign supreme—you know what you’re getting or, for that matter, not getting.


04/24/2013 - 12:51pm

While I consume both smoothies and juices, I can say that neither one is supreme. If you already eat a lot of fiber...eating whole fruits and greens, juicing is a great way to get nutrients from greens like Kale, cucumbers, beets and such. You'd have to eat Mega loads of salad to get the nutrients you would normally get from juicing. When you juice something, your body absorbs it instantly and does not have to expend energy to digest it. It's also great for people who have IBS. So which one is better? It depends on how much fruit and veggie foods you are already consuming. If you aren't getting much, I'd say go for the smoothie. If you already eat a lot, but want to go the extra mile to alkalize your body, I'd say ditch the toxic dairy products and go for pure juicing.


05/10/2013 - 4:21pm

Great article. I have been making protein smoothies with stevia (sugar intolerant) and always feel better when I drink them regularly.


06/02/2013 - 3:58am

what are the benefits of smoothies to an obese person mannn >> ????? HELP PLZZZ


06/18/2013 - 9:52am

I di both but when I juice I can feel the difference give's energy never got that feeling when drinking smoothies although I like smoothies better but do believe your body gets more from juicing just saying


06/29/2013 - 1:18pm

"Thus, the Produce for Better Health Foundation recommends no more than 8 to 12 ounces of blended or juiced produce daily." Am puzzled by this too. Why?


07/14/2013 - 4:54am

The ninja blender is the one to have , keep all . LOVE mine 1


08/05/2013 - 4:31pm

With smoothies the fiber is there but with large amounts of fiber, it is hard to digest that and it may upset the stomach until one is used to it. The juice doesn't make the fiber (though one can mix it and dehydrate it into crackers or chips and eat the fiber that way). The juice does give readily soluble veggies though that are easily digested and may give someone who doesn't eat many veggies or fruits a nice bit of veggie and juice to get more than a minimum supply. Juices, especially with juice in it will have sugar. The smoothie is more palatable with yogurt which is a milk product although there may be some vegan products comparable.


08/28/2013 - 12:48am

What about "juicing" but doing so in a BlendTec, where you consume the pulp and fiber as well, Nothing is "wasted" I mix it up by doing "whole juice" one day then a smoothie the next. I do not have a juice extractor, only my BlendTec which "juices" the whole food, including pulp to a liquid. We bought this blender specifically because it does not work in the same way a normal juice extractor does.


09/17/2013 - 11:04am

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