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Juice or Smoothie: what's the difference?

You've heard of juicing and smoothies. Now you begin to wonder, which is better for me? If you are doing either, you are on the right track to adding more nutrients to your diet. Way to go!

Basically, juice is a smoothie with the pulp removed or a smoothie is juice with all the pulp. Yep, that's it!

To take it a step further, you use a blender for making smoothies. You retain all the pulp from what you blend, which contains fiber and requires digestion from your body to assimilate the nutrients. Smoothies are often used as meal replacements and all the fiber will sustain your appetite longer. You can use more fruit in smoothies without causing your blood sugar to spike due to the fiber. Often, protein powders and other supplements are added to smoothies.

To make juice, you use a juicer which extracts all the pulp. This allows the nutrients to move directly into your bloodstream. Your digestive system doesn't have to do any work for your body to reap the benefits from juice. This is why juices are used in a cleanse to help detoxify your body. They give your digestive system a rest. Juices should be mostly vegetables to avoid a sudden spike in your blood sugar. It's best to use fruits with a low glycemic load, like apples. Juicing is the perfect way to add more vegetables, and therefore phytonutrients, to your diet.

If you are looking for an energy boost or you are healing, choose juice. If you are looking for more nutrients and a quick and easy meal, choose a smoothie. Cheers! Whether you have a juice or smoothie, you are on the road to a healthier you!

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