Juices versus Smoothies
Juicing machines have seen increased popularity in recent years as have smoothie makers. Both can increase a person’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. So which is a better choice?
Juicing leaves behind the pulp which typically is thrown away. The pulp contains fiber and nutrients, so you lose fiber and nutrients which is a benefit of eating whole fruits and vegetables.
Blending whole produce when making a smoothie can deliver more vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals because the mixture includes the skin and pith. If the smoothie includes milk or yogurt, you get some calcium as well.
When making a smoothie, pay attention to ingredients being added as the calorie content can quickly increase with the addition of sweetened yogurt, sweetened juice, sorbet, frozen yogurt or ice cream.
The Produce for Better Health Foundation recommends no more than eight to 12 ounces of blended or juiced produce daily