Juices vs. Smoothies

We are continually looking for the Holy Grail—how to eat healthy with

minimal time and effort.   Smoothies and Juicing have entered into the

picture and are becoming a common household eating experience.

I have received several questions about which is better and which is

healthier.  But real question is when should you juice and when should

you blend?  Both have a time and a place.  Both have precautions that

should be addressed.

Juicing:  Juice extractors are not as popular as they use to be.

However, I think they still provide benefits and can have a place in

your health routine.  Juicing removes all the fiber from the fruits or

vegetables you are juicing.  This can be a help with individuals who

have a compromised digestion.  The drawback is sugar.  Removing all the

fiber, cellulose, etc. allows the juice to enter into the body as liquid

calories.  Without the fiber, cellulose and bulk to help slow down and

disperse the juice, the calorie-rich juices can upset your blood sugar.

The calorie-rich juices can also be responsible for weight gain.  Juices

can be a source for receiving antioxidants, electrolytes, a way to get

some calories and burst of energy or part of a detox diet. They are a

better choice than drinking sodas and caffeine laden energy drinks.

Whole food juicing.  The object here as I watch the T.V. commercials,

trying to sell you the latest piece of equipment, seems to be stuff the

container with as much vegetables and fruit possible and  pack them in

as tight as you can. Anything goes—beets, spinach, kale, endive,

carrots, radishes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, squash,

peppers, add an apple, some pineapple, coconut milk, a hand full of

different berries,  the more the merrier.  The commentator talks about

all of the wonderful nutrients from the foods that will be delivered to

the body as the machine slices, and pulverizes the foods cellular

membrane so that all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients can perform

their magic in your body.

Reality check!  Has anyone checked out the glycemic index or glycemic

load that all of this combined food produces?  If you had all of that

food on a plate, could you or even would you try to eat all of it at one

time?  Has anyone had their blood sugar measured after drinking whole

food juicing?  Are  common sense and safety being ignored in the

excitement to sell another appliance?  There is always  emphasis on

using organic produce when juicing.  Seeds, leaves skin, rinds, etc.

are all thrown into the mixture to add extra nutrition to the drink.

Organic is a catch all phrase.  It does not guarantee more nutrition.

Organic food can have a better flavor if allowed to ripen before going

to market. But the real benefit of eating organic is the potential

reduction of chemicals the food comes in contact with during its growing

season.   It does not mean free from chemicals.  Each state has a list

of approved chemical, herbicides, etc that the producer can use on his

crops and still call them organic.  Organic does not not guarantee

better nutrition.  The agricultural soils in the United States are

severely mineral deficient.  Soil assays of mineral nutrition by the

Dept. of Agriculture, and many universities have all testified to the

lack of nutrition within our food due to deficiencies in the soil that

our food is grown in.  Organic produce has the same nutritional soil

problems regarding nutrient levels as non organic produce has. However,

if you are putting a whole apple into your drink you need to use organic

product to reduce the level of poison and toxins your body is being

exposed to.  Apple seeds are a depository for all chemicals the apple

comes into contact.  This is true for other fruits and vegetables.  The

outer skin on fruits and vegetables can also hold toxins and poisons

that rinsing with water will not remove.  Because the emphasis is on

whole food and whole fruits, it is important to use organic produce to

help protect the body from chemicals and toxins that would ordinarily be

removed and not eaten.

Consider a quick refresher course:  The elements of nutrition ( protein

metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, fat metabolism, vitamin metabolism,

water hydration, and oxygenation) all  depend on minerals as  true Amino

Key minerals to be bioavailable for use at the cellular level. The

source providing minerals (in this case hopefully the juice) and the

amino acids from protein (meat and fish)  MUST BE INGESTED AT THE SAME

TIME in order for the body to chelate minerals for bio-availability.

If protein is not available to supply amino acids than even if there are

minerals coming into your body from juicing, they won’t be chelated.

Without true Amino  Key minerals  vitamins, carbohydrates, fat, protein,

enzymes,  hormones, water hydration,  oxygenation will all be

compromised and not be able to sustain optimal health.   They all depend

on amino acid chelated minerals as true Amino Key minerals to function.

What about the argument of combining foods to get amino acids? Dark

green leafy vegetables, other vegetables and fruits contain phytic acid

and oxalic acid. When present in the body at a high level, they prevent

the body from chelating a true amino acid chelated mineral.

Juicing provides two problems: abnormally high levels of phytic acid and

oxalic acid and the lack of amino acids being present so that the body

can chelate any minerals that might be in the juice. Without true amino

acid chelated minerals  ALL Dietary Metabolism is compromised.  What

level of nutrition that might be in the juice in not available at the

cellular level.  Dr. Heaney from Creighton Medical Hospital has written

in prestigious Peer Review Medical and Scientific Journals that large

bombardments of minerals presented to the body overwhelm the cells and

can not be effectively chelated for bio-availability within the body.

This plus the lack of amino acids, and high levels of phytic

and Oxalic acid block most benefits that might come from juicing.


Smoothies have an advantage over juicing.  Usually the smoothie keeps

all of its fiber.  You do need to be careful that over blending doesn’t

happen or else fiber will be broken down so much that it will lose its

structure.  The body will then treat the smoothie much like a juice.

Smoothies should be treated as a liquid meal.  Elements such as amino

acids from protein powder, or yogurt,  additional fiber, and essential

fatty acids, should be added to the smoothie.  Again don’t get carried

away.  A smoothie should not combine both vegetables and fruit.

Remember, you can not bypass your digestive system and combining both

fruit and vegetables can create a digestive burden.

The protein in the smoothie can help balance blood sugar levels between

meals and food cravings.   Certain health conditions may have the need

of eating frequently and in small amounts during the day.  A smoothie

mid morning and mid afternoon can help maintain blood sugar levels,

stabilize and support health.  If you need the help of a power nap

during the day due to high stress, a smoothie can be helpful and

eliminate caffeine and stimulants that in the long run are detrimental

to health.