Having a piece of equipment in your kitchen that whips up multiple ingredients in a short space of time, whilst providing you with beautiful soups, smoothies and juices at the push of a button is really handy.
However it can feel a little tricky to decide what this piece of equipment should be… is a juicer the best bet? Or should you be choosing a blender?
Blenders Vs Juicers
It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of each appliance before making your choice and fortunately this blog will provide you with all the information you need to do just that. So sit back, relax and let’s dive in.
First up – let’s establish what a blender actually is. It does exactly what it says on the tin. A blender mixes all of the ingredients added into a liquid form to provide the consumer with a drink, soup or smoothie in a few simple presses of a button.
Blenders come in all shapes and sizes but generally are composed of the blender jar, jar lid, cap, blade cutter, o-ring seal, bottom screw-cap, drive clutch and motor. The blender jar is the large container where all of the ingredients are added to be blended. The small cap on top of the lid provides a small opening to add in ingredients, or possibly pour liquids into, during the blending process.
Pros And Cons Of Blending
Now that we have defined what a blender is, let’s look at the pros and cons. As mentioned, blenders use all of the ingredients added to the jar, meaning that they are a great way to reduce waste. If you are conscious of your carbon footprint and are keen to lessen the amount of food waste you create as a household, blenders are a great way to address this issue.
By simply throwing fruits and vegetables in their entirety into the blender you can make an impact environmentally in one easy step. Another plus point to the blending process is the way in which the ingredients are digested in your body.
Due to the usage of entire fruits and vegetables the body has to work a little bit harder to digest the ingredients. It sounds like a negative however this means that energy is released more slowly throughout your day giving you more energy for longer. Being sustained for longer periods of the day and not having to worry about the next meal is perfect if you have a hectic schedule, a busy job or just aren’t a huge fan of food and meal preparation. Check out 2 healthy blender recipes here.
As well as leaving you sustained from an energy perspective, blending ingredients is also likely to leave you feeling more full precisely because all of the ingredients are incorporated to produce a denser drink or soup once blended.
Moving on to juicers – is this the choice for you? Let’s look into them in more detail. Firstly, let’s ascertain what they actually do and how they work.
Juicers like this Philips model, are different to blenders because they remove the juice from the fruits and vegetables you are using, and so do not use the entirety of the food source.
It can be a bit of a minefield when looking at the different types of juicers out there as many have different names and the names are somewhat technical. So let’s break it down.
There is the centrifugal force juicer which is known to be the quickest type of juicer. There is the masticating juicer which is a slower appliance that takes a little more time to create your drink or smoothie.
Next up is the twin gear juicer, which is popular because it competes the juicing process in a quiet, inoffensive way and also it is known to extract more nutrients from food stuffs when compared to its other juicing counterparts. Last up we have the juice press. This is widely regarded as the best type of juicer out there because it creates juices via a two stage process. Firstly crushing the food and then separating and juicing what's left.
Pros And Cons Of Juicing
Ok so now we have broken down how juicers work and the different types out there you can choose from, let’s look at the positives and negatives of this appliance.
Firstly, as briefly mentioned above, juices tend to be easier to digest and can be more quickly absorbed into your system because all of the pulp has been removed out of the final product. Whilst this is great in terms of getting something nutrient rich into your body quickly, it does however mean that the energy you gain from the drink will not sustain you for quite as long as a blended product would. It is also likely you will be less full for a shorter period.
However the juicing process is a big plus for those who like their drinks, smoothies and soups smooth and without any pulp. With blended products there is no getting away from bits, seeds and skin and this can be a deal breaker for those looking for a smooth end product.
Another plus towards the process of juicing is that you can pack lots of nutrients into one glass if you are willing to juice plenty of fruit and vegetables. As the juicer removes pulp there is more space in your glass for multiple flavours, foodstuffs with high nutritional value and lots of opportunities to experiment with different flavours.
Now you have read more about each appliance and the pros and cons of each I hope you are feeling clearer about which feels best for your needs.
A survey found that blending ingredients ensured that more fibre was included in the end product than when the same products were juiced. However the same study found that juicers retained more vitamin C than blenders.
Clearly both appliances hold benefits from a usage perspective, as well as from a vitamin and digestion point of view and these bits of information are important elements to integrate into your final decision.
For those who like a smoother, less bitty drink, a juicer is probably the best option. By using a juicer the end product will slide down much more smoothly and in a less bulky fashion. However, for those who are more conscious of the actual nutrient make up of what they consume, a blender could be a better choice. Blenders utilise all of the fruits and vegetables placed inside them and therefore often have a higher vitamin density than juiced products because nothing is left out.
This being said, it is important to note that both offer a really convenient way to create vitamin-rich food and incorporate it into your diet.
Range of recipes
Ease of use
Blenders Vs Juicers: Summing Up
Whichever you choose – enjoy using it and make the most of adding more beneficial and healthy foods into your diet.