What’s better, smoothies or juicing?
Some say juicing is better because there is a quicker uptake of nutrients and more rapid digestion, others argue blending is better because it maintains the fiber. So what's the deal?
When you remove the fiber from the fruits and veggies, the juice remaining is absorbed into your bloodstream quickly causing a spike in blood sugar. This surge of glucose causes elevated insulin levels, and as we know, chronically elevated insulin levels is a major factor to il conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Additionally, juicing leaves you with calories that aren't going to keep you satiated very long as the fat, protein, and fiber - all components to a meal that keep you full, are absent.
1) Enjoy your juice with a meal rich in protein or fat to keep you satiated and help to maintain stable blood sugar. I like to have my juice with some avocado toast, YUM, or some eggs.
2) Choose smoothies for a more well-rounded meal replacement. A cup of juice definitely isn’t a meal. Smoothies are great because you can incorporate adequate fiber, protein, and healthy fats that will help to keep you full and insulin levels low.
3) If you are going to go for a fresh pressed juice, choose one that has primarily veggies and some fruit to keep sugar content low. I love the Drink Well Juices! Their 'SPENT' juice is fairly low sugar compared to competitors.
4) Don’t waste the pulp!! Save the fibrous pulp that comes out of your juicer to make delicious muffins or pancakes.
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