In recent years, smoothies and juices have become increasingly popular. You can buy them ready-made in the shop or put them frozen in the mailbox. Of course you can also make your own! The fresher, the healthier: everyone knows that. But what is better, juices or blends?
When juicing, you press all the juice out of the fibres of fruit and vegetables. So there is pure juice left over. This is also the problem: the fibres normally slow down the absorption of the sugars. Fruit juice is actually liquid candy especially my favourite, the best citrus juicer that my grandma makes. It is very tasty, but also very sweet. You can drink it as long as you don’t drink too much of it. Fruit contains a lot of fructose, which puts a strain on the liver. This can make you tired of drinking fruit juice that you have pressed yourself. One glass of 200 ml is really no problem. It provides your body with many active plant substances and vitamin & minerals in an easy way, but it is better not to drink litres a day.
A blender chopped the fruit and vegetables into pulp with fast rotating knives. The advantage is that the fibres are preserved, so that the sugar is absorbed less quickly in your body. These fibers also form a food source for your intestinal bacteria. The result from a blender also remains longer than a pressed juice, because the fibres protect against oxidation. The disadvantage of a smoothie is that it is very easy to click backwards without chewing. This chewing is very important to mix the enzymes from saliva with the smoothie. It is best to taste the smoothie in your mouth before swallowing it. Otherwise, fermentation and digestive problems may result..
First I had a Juicer base slow juicer. Although the juice was quite tasty, I decided to go for a slowjuicer. A juicer extracts the juice from the fibres of fruit and vegetables at thousands of revolutions per minute, causing the necessary vitamins and enzymes to be lost. Vitamins B and C are particularly sensitive to the higher temperatures that come with the juicer. This is of course a shame, because we just want to drink a juice because of the high amount of vitamin C. A slowjuicer runs at dozens of revs per minute, so that no heat is generated. Vitamins and enzymes are thus preserved. Plants contain thousands of active substances, which are easily lost due to the heat. With a slowjuicer, these substances remain active. Recently I have found a new slowjuicer, the Hurom 2nd generation. This slowjuicer has a coarse sieve and a lever to control the pulp supply, so that the fibres also come with it. The juice becomes less tasty, but healthier, because the fibres are now in it. These fibres are therefore pressed at a very low speed (42 rpm)! As far as I am concerned, the taste of a juice made with a slowjuicer is the undisputed winner, in comparison with a juicer. The advantage of a slowjuicer is also that you can make wheatgrass juice. This is not possible with a juicer or blender. We humans cannot digest the fibres of grass (cellulose). However, grass is one of the most nutrient-rich foods we can only take. With a slowjuicer, we can now really make use of it for the first time in history. Most plants absorb only a few minerals from the soil, while grass has the capacity to absorb all minerals from the soil. Super nutritious so!
People with bowel problems can sometimes recover their intestines better by avoiding fibers. Fibers are very intense for the intestines. A slowjuice juice can still provide the body with the necessary nutrients. In case of intestinal problems, do not try to add too much sweet fruit: this can be a breeding ground for candida.
I recommend you always buy a blender with a glass jug. Although the plastic variants are often free of the plasticiser BPA, they may also contain other plasticisers. That’s why it prefers glass, it tastes better too. High speed blenders are also available nowadays, but these blades run at more than 30,000 rpm and due to friction they also have to cope with high temperatures. These high temperatures have a negative effect on the nutrients. Did you know that in a high-speed blender you can simply heat the contents to a warm soup? I keep it on a normal blender. I myself have been using the Juicer Base JR2094 to my satisfaction for a number of years.
Who is the winner?
There is no winner or loser. Both the slowjuicer and the blender have a place in my kitchen. As long as you choose a slowjuicer instead of a juicer and a normal blender instead of a high speed blender. I wouldn’t want to miss my slowjuice drink every morning. I use it as a carrier for my natural supplements. I only buy natural supplements and then always in powder form. I don’t feel like filling up a tablet.
Like the rest of the Netherlands, I also tend to eat too little fruit and vegetables. The food centre has set the standard that we should eat 2 pieces of fruit and 200 grams of vegetables per day. Recent research in England has shown that we should actually eat twice as much to stay healthy. A smoothie is a great way to increase the intake of fruit and vegetables. You can easily take a smoothie to work in a thermal bottle.