Smoothies are getting a lot of attention these days, and people are wondering whether they can use their existing Juicer to make smoothies. The answer is: No.
Blenders and Juicers are different appliances. There make does not allow them to interchange their roles. Blenders are used for making smoothies and Juicers are used to make juices. First of all, whether you blend or juice, you are providing nutrients to your body. Blended vegetables and fruits provide different benefits compared to juice.
The blenders input and output are same, i.e., all the ingredients( vegetables, fruits- including skin, seeds, flesh) that go into the blenders comes blended as the output. No residue. The primary benefit of blended food is that it contains the insoluble fiber that can help to control the sugar levels in the body. It keeps you fuller. However, it is hard on the digestive system, since it take the longer time to digest fiber. The cons of smoothies are, the high-speed blades in blenders can fold oxygen in the smoothies making them more fluffy. Also, it changes the oxidation of nutrients.
If you want to make smoothies, use a high torque horsepower base, it will churn out consistent smoothies thus there won’t be any chunks of the vegetables and fruits in the smoothies. There are a lot of blenders available in the market. They ranged from $20 to $300. There are bullet blenders and professional blenders. It is your choice how much you want to spend. The bullet blenders such as Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja are of 900 to 1000 watts and can churn both fruits and vegetables to finest particles. The Oster and Hamilton Beach blenders are of low wattage and need to be blended long time to get consistency. When you drink smoothies, try not to swallow, rather than chew so that the saliva from your mouth can add the digestive enzyme to the smoothies that aid in good digestion.
On the other hand, in Juicer, you input vegetables and fruits, and you get liquid without fiber. The whole idea behind juicing is to remove the insoluble fiber from the liquid. Juice is great for health because they lack in fiber, they quickly absorb in the blood streams and keep you hydrated for long hours. They are easily digested. However, because they lack fiber, you might feel hungry quickly. Also, your blood sugar levels may shoot. There are a lot of Juicers available in the market. Depending upon your need for Juicier, you can buy one.
The blenders are noisy compared to Juicers. If you want to drink both smoothies and juices, then, you can have both Blender and Juicer at your disposable.
Few tips for making smoothies:
- Decide the type of smoothies you want to drink. Just to consume fruits or veggies or for weight loss.
- Drink the smoothies immediately. Otherwise it will lose its potency.
- Try not to mix vegetables and Fruits. Unless you are adding kale or spinach.