Are you a smoothie fan or a juicing fan? The time has come to switch sides if you are on the wrong one and what may you ask is the wrong side? The fact is, there is no wrong side! It’s just that one side outweighs the other and that is the smoothies. Yes, smoothies are far healthier than juices.

According to a study conducted on “Fruit Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes”, the biggest difference between juicing and blending is that drinking juice can actually make your cholesterol go high, whereas eating a fruit can drop it.

To an untrained eye, the two drinks might look similar but the truth is smoothies have the healthier hand on juices. In terms of nutrition both are healthy additions to your weight loss diet. However, the latter can often trick a person into consuming hidden sugar and calories. Below is a pros and cons list that will help you understand, which drink is more up your alley:

Juicing

Pros

• Nutrients are easily Absorbed
Juicing removes all of the fibers but retains all the vitamins. The light drink gets easily absorbed by the body and packs a healthy punch.

• Detoxification
Since the juicing removes most of the pulp and the fibers, the body doesn’t require energy to separate the vitamins and minerals. The liver receives all the nutrients in the natural form and speeds up the detoxification process. The body cells receive lots of energy and reduces pain and aches.

Cons

• Time Consuming
Juicing is a hard process because it does not use a blender. You need to cut the vegetables appropriately so that they fit in the juicing machine. The process takes time and can be quite messy

• Extra Sugar
Most people usually just add fruits in their juice. There are some fruits that pack a huge amount of natural sugar. Fruits such as pineapple, mango and banana have high sugar content and sneak in an extra pound or two. Even if you are adding veggies in your juice, make sure its contains more vegetables and less fruits.

Smoothie

Pros

• Provides the Fiber Content
Fiber is the only nutrient that helps with gut bacteria. The mixture of leafy green and fruit pulp helps regulate the bowel movements which prevents hemorrhoids and constipation. The fiber in the pulp helps:

• Increase mineral and calcium absorption making our immune system stronger

• Inhibit bad bacteria growth

• Increase the production of fatty acids butyrate that insures colon health

• Renders Phytonutrients
The enzymes break down the polyphenols and ease the gastro intestinal tract. The powerful antioxidants then play an important role in the prevention of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart attacks.

• More Satiating
The fiber and the phytonutrients are more satiating and can be substituted for a meal. Or

Cons

• Hidden Ingredients
Try to make smoothies fresh at home. Most of the commercially available smoothies have preservatives or are Posturized or treated with HPP. These processes are used to extend the shelf life at the expense of vital nutrients and vitamins. There are some commercially available smoothies that are RAW and will only last 4 days.