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Commitment to health: Juicing vs. blending

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Besides reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and slowing the rate of sugar absorption for those with diabetes, the obvious intake of raw foods is another added benefit for a healthy lifestyle.

Juicing or Blending?

If you're looking to increase the raw nutrients into your diet - fantastic! Either method insures you are making an excellent choice in the right direction for your health.

Although there are several healthy benefits to both juicing and blending/extracting, the main difference is the fiber. You need to decide if you prefer to drink your fiber down, discard it, or use it in other healthy food recipes.

Considerations for a Juicer:

  • creates fresh juices and juice blends
  • comes with various types of pulp regulators to control pulp
  • separates the juice from the pulp of fruits and vegetables
  • separates juice from wheat grass
  • available in electronic appliances
  • available as hand-held reamers
  • pulp from most fruit and vegetable makes excellent compost
  • pulp is an excellent fiber addition to many recipes
  • generally less expensive

Considerations for a Blender (or extractor):

  • creates fresh juices and juice blends
  • pulp and fiber are included in the juice
  • available as centrifugal (ingredients are spun to separate juice from pulp)
  • available as masticating (designed to grind/chew raw food into juice)
  • masticating models can be used for baby food, sauces, or nut butters
  • offer more features
  • typically more expensive

Do your research:

  • Downside: many choices for both; can be confusing, so do your homework
  • Upside: a competitive market drives down high-pricing, making better health affordable
  • Look for dishwasher safe models
  • Read up on how the devise disassembles (to avoid food trapping)
  • Compare prices and warranties
  • Always consider organic, especially if you eat any of the *Dirty Dozen foods considered to be most contaminated with chemicals: potatoes, spinach, apples, strawberries, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), and peaches.

For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:

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