Juices versus smoothies. I used to always drink juices but I read that juices just inject sugar into your system? I see a more instant glow from juices, why? Which should I stick to in the long term, juices or smoothies?
Most people do not consume enough fruits or vegetables in their diets. Packed schedules and hectic workdays make it difficult to find the time to enjoy a healthy meal. Grabbing a quick juice or smoothie is a convenient way to increase the amount of nutrients and antioxidants in your diet. While both have their benefits, (yes, juices definitely seem to have a much faster effect on that pretty glow in your skin the next morning!) ingredients and preparation can have an effect on the nutritional value of juices and smoothies.
Not all juices are created equal
Whole fruits and vegetables are bursting with nutrition and provide a host of beneficial compounds that can help fight disease, improve longevity, and even improve our complexions. While both juicing and consuming whole fruits and vegetables can provide your body with nutrients, juicing is inferior for several reasons.
Juicing removes some of the most wholesome components of both fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable skins, seeds, stems, and membranes are beneficial parts that are lost during the juicing process. Fiber, which helps to keep you full and slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, is also lost. This results in spikes in both insulin and blood sugar, which is unhealthy for the body, especially for those with diabetes. However, juices that contain more green vegetables and less fruits tend to be lower in sugar and are a better choice than those that are fruit based.
Smoothies are superior to juice because they contain whole blended fruit and vegetables, including the components that juices leave out. While smoothies can be healthy and delicious, many are loaded with sugar, fat, and calories. Popular fast food restaurants promote so called smoothies as healthy meal and snack options. However, some smoothies are just as unhealthy as milkshakes, containing more than 100 grams or 25 teaspoons of sugar and ingredients like artificial flavors and colorings. Homemade smoothies can also have a large amount of sugar and calories, depending on the ingredients. Avoid smoothie recipes that contain fruit juice and added sweeteners and opt for smoothies that include a higher proportion of vegetables. Vegetables, especially green leafy veggies, make a perfect addition to smoothies and contain fiber and nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E that not only keep you healthy, they also keep your skin looking youthful by combating common signs of aging like wrinkles.
Smoothies provide fiber, which helps to prevent blood sugar spikes and keeps you feeling satisfied. Smoothies also contain whole fruits and vegetables, including skins, seeds, and stems that are lost in the process of juicing. While smoothies slightly outperform juice in terms of nutrition, it is important to be mindful of the ingredients, no matter which one you decide to sip on.