Last updated on June 14th, 2023 at 07:21 am
The debate of juicers and blenders are in trend for so many years. So, here we are to add a little more emphasis on the topic of juicing vs. blending discussion. Both of these kitchen equipment do the same thing, but what makes the difference is the way they do it. Both blenders and juicers are helpful to extract healthy nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables into our daily regimen.
But, there is a very fundamental difference between their working mechanisms. Juicers help to separate pulp, fiber, and seeds from the fluid part (juice) of the fruits and vegetables; in contrast to this, blenders can process all the ingredients together at once, including the pulp, fiber, and seeds. Accordingly, juicers will give you a running form of output; but, the blenders will give you a more concentrated output.
If you still don’t understand it, let us look at it this way; replace the blender by your oral cavity and the juicer with your stomach. Now, try to relate their specific function. When you chew the food, it gets converted to a paste-like material. But, when it gets into your stomach, the enzymes act upon it and convert it into digestive juice. Here the oral cavity is a blender, and your teeth are the blades present in the blender. While, the stomach is a juicer and the enzymes denote the liquefying mechanism of the juicer.
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Which is better to buy?
Can you imagine why this debate between blenders and juicers even started? No? Well, we are always here to answer your questions. Most of the people tend to get confused while buying kitchen appliances for their home. It even becomes more challenging to decide when two apparatuses are designed to give a similar output. The confusion of people leads the brands to add extra marketing punch lines that were against each other. Therefore, it becomes a very challenging task to select any one among them, especially if you are low on your budget. We are enlightening you with all the essential points to know before buying a blender or juicer. After appreciating all the points, you are free to decide which one is best for you.
1. Nutritive value differs in both of them
Fruits contain a lot of carbohydrates, vitamins, fibers, minerals, and all the necessary nutrients. We primarily do by juicing or blending, which breaks down the pulp of fruits into fluid form to make it easily consumable. People of all ages need to consume at least one fruit a day; it helps to keep them healthy and fit. But, the busy lifestyle of people makes them miss this highly essential part of their diet. Therefore, these machines are designed to provide you the required nutrients in the right amount, that too in a time-saving way. Both the blenders and juicers have the potential to provide you nutrients and minerals. But unquestionably, a blender will make you consume more healthy nutrients as compared to the juicer. How? Here’s how it makes you do that, jump on to point number two.
2. Sugar content
We have heard that sugar is supposed to be the enemy of humankind for eternities. Doctors recommend that, even if a person is non-diabetic, he/she should keep the sugar consumption moderately low. Now, from this, you can surely assume the limitations that a diabetic patient has to suffer. Can you guess which one among juicer and blender provides you more sugar content? If your answer is a juicer, then yes chaps you are leading to the right path. A juicer extracts only the liquid part of the fruit; it discards the rest of fibers, seeds, and pulp from the other side of the juicer. Only the higher amount of carbohydrates gets into your stomach that gets converted into sugar. Because the juices have a thinner consistency, you can consume a lot of them in a single take. Ultimately, you end up consuming a higher amount of sugar without discerning the harm.
3. Fiber content
Fibers are also an essential component of a balanced diet. Fruits are rich in fibers, as we have already discussed above. By processing the fruits in a juicer, we extract all the necessary fibers present in it. Therefore, to consume fiber-rich dishes in less time, using a blender is the best option. Blenders help to mix the fruit efficiently and give a finely blended mixture of all the vital nutrients. Therefore, smoothies contain more quantity of nutrients that makes you full in a single shot. Smoothies are better to have a calorie check and also keep your digestive system healthy. For diabetic patients, smoothies are a more suitable option than fruit juices.
We have studied in biology that the food undergoes assimilation and digestion in the gut. Eventually, the food particles are broken into liquid form by the digestive enzymes in our gut. It promotes the ease of digestion. But what if the food is already in liquid form? Yes, you are right! Juices are more effective and fast to absorb and digest in the gut. But, when we talk about smoothies, they are more time consuming than juices, and the reason behind this is the thick consistency that they have. Smoothies are beneficial for our body too! They contain fibers that help to aid for healthy digestion. They also contain antioxidants that are helpful in throwing the waste products from our bodies. In this way, it helps to replenish the nutrients in our body.
5. Waste of food is a serious issue
The juicers process the fruits in such a way that the pulp and fibers are expelled out. This extract is of no use once it is ousted, and sequentially, it lands up into your dustbin. A lot of fruit fibers go waste in this manner. On the other hand, a blender processes all the parts of fruits effectively with its blade. In this way, no fruit material goes unconsumed. Gym going people love to consume smoothies as they are more beneficiary.
6. We always want effortless maintenance. Don’t we?
We often feel full and inactive after consuming our favorite food. This consumption of yummy drinks can make your blender or juicer unclean if you don’t pay enough attention. We don’t want to clean up immediately after eating because our stomach feels heavy. Juicers can be a real trouble to you in this matter. As we know that juicers expel the solid part of the fruit out of it; you need to discard this immediately. When you are unable to do this, it sets on the juicer’s surface and becomes very difficult to scale it out. It can also leave stains on the juicer’s body; it’s very hard to get rid of those stubborn stains. When we talk of a blender, it does not require heavy maintenance like juicers. The only requirement of the blender is to take adequate care of its blades. Hence, a blender will do much better in maintenance and cleaning in contrast to a juicer.
7. Consider your budget
Juicers and blender both come in a similar price range with a minimal difference. When we talk of cost, buying a blender is more efficient than a juicer. Why? It is because using a blender eliminates the need to invest in sweeteners and additives. Using a juicer has a few cons in this context; firstly, a lot of fruit scraps go waste. Secondly, you have to add more spices and sweeteners to juice. On the other hand, a blender comes in far more different varieties and brands if we compare it with the juicer. Thus, in a matter of cost-effectiveness, a blender always remains the first choice.
8. Mechanism also differs
The working mechanism of both the juicers and blenders differ invariably. Juicers fundamentally contain a centrifuge inside them that spins the fruit continuously in one direction. When you place the fruit in the mouth of the tube, it guards its way through the tube into a basket. This basket contains a grater in its bottom and rotates with the help of a motor present below the basket. The fruit juices get collected in the bowl after getting chopped and squeeze by centrifugal force. In opposition, the blenders work by a very light technology. Blenders chop the fruits into a thick paste with the help of blades present inside them. The centrifugal force comes in action here too.
9. There are a few variants in both of them
Blenders come in more variants in contrast to juicers. Let us look at different types of blenders:
- Standard blenders- They comprise of a container and blades.
- Single-serve blender/ personal blender- This blender can serve a single cup of smoothie. This blender also has a lid, container, motor, and blades in it. Nutribullet is a perfect example.
- Hand blender/ immersion blender- These blenders are a popular choice for preparing puree for curries.
- High power blender- They are versatile and can perform multiple actions like blending and processing. Vitamix is a classic example.
Here are a few types of juicers-
- Centrifugal juicer- it works by the same mechanism as explained above.
- Cold press juicer- In this, the fruits are liquefied by pressing instead of the centrifuge.
Blending and juicing are the two most potent ways to consume energy without having to invest much time. These appliances are a must to include in the smart kitchen. We hope you can easily select which one is more convenient for your use as we have already mentioned all the necessary details. Thanks for reading. Have a foody day!