Q: Can I use my blender instead of the juicer to make vegetable juice? I don't really want to spend the money on a juicer.
Anyway, I've heard blending is better because you don't remove the fibre, and is better for vitamins, antioxidants and less sugar.
A juicer is completely different from a blender. In my opinion, both are useful (but not absolutely necessary) kitchen appliances, but for very different tasks.
A juicer separates the fibre from the liquid of the plant. This means the enzymes, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals are absorbed from the digestive system straight into the bloodstream. As the fibre has been removed in a juicer, your digestive system doesn't have to do any work at all, giving the system a rest. People with sensitive digestive systems might find vegetable juices an easy way to get nutrients without over-taxing their guts.
For many people, making fruit and vegetable juices are wonderful for starting the day on a healthy note. They infuse the body with high quality plant nutrition, and provide an amazing real-energy pep-me-up that can replace the need for coffee, provide pre-workout energy.
It's true that since the fibre has been removed, juices are digested more rapidly and the sugar is absorbed faster into the bloodstream. However this shouldn't be a problem if you're not diabetic, and you're using plenty of veggies to make the juice, and not just fruit.
In order to benefit most from your vegetables juices, I suggest using a slow-press a juicer. Since heating can destroy the enzymes to some extent, the best juicers are the slow-press ones such as those made by VitalMax and Compact, as opposed to the mechanised centrifugal "lawnmowers" - although whatever you can get your hands on is better than nothing!
Meanwhile, blenders are essential for making dressings, soups, smoothies, soups and ice creams - you can make ice cream with a slow-press juicer but not soups and smoothies.
Since many Australians don't get enough fibre in their diets, smoothies are a fantastic way to introduce more fresh produce into your day - without the arse ache of using and cleaning a juicer!
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