A national marketing company recently contacted me, offering to send me one of their new emulsifying blenders (I won’t say which brand) to do a product review on this blog. Normally I don’t do that type of stuff through marketers, however I thought this would be an interesting opportunity to try one of those ” Health-E-Bullet” type kitchen gadgets, as I was always curious how well they work, and the outcome tastes. More importantly, will I feel as “invigorated and detoxified” as the manufacturers claim?
Obviously I’m not a regular at the likes of Jamba Juice.
The well known (through late night infomercials) NUTRiBULLET Emulsfying Blender offers the following pros and cons of Juicing vs. Blending on their product website blog:
Juicing is a process in which a machine, either through centrifugal force, grinding or mastication (chewing), extracts juice from its source. The juice will contain most of the nutrients, but not all of them, despite what ardent juicers claim. This process removes the insoluble fiber and some of the soluble fiber from the juice, which contains healthy colorful antioxidants. According to studies, juicing delivers 80% to 90% of the antioxidant potential of a veggie or fruit. Blending provides close to 100%.
Antioxidants are activated and used as soon as air and liquid hit the flesh of the food. So it is best to consume the juice and blended foods within 10 to 15 minutes after juicing or blending.
There are some juicers that claim a vacuum extraction, however that doesn’t totally stop the loss of antioxidants.
Some also say juicing gives the body more energy. This is partially true; the only nutrient that is quickly available for energy is sugar. Remember, with blended foods the sugar absorption is slower and steadier (a good thing), but even juice requires some form of digestion.
Benefits of Juicing
- Very fast delivery of nutrients to the blood stream. Only a small amount of digestion is required.
- Gives the digestive system a break. Primarily the stomach, pancreas and colon.
- Because of the lack of fiber, a lot of plant juice can be consumed. You can effectively drink more, consuming more nutrients.
- Helpful for people sensitive to fiber since there is no insoluble fiber content. Juice does have some soluble fiber, but only a small amount.
- Provides 80% to 90% of the nutritional value of the food being juiced.
- Allows very fast delivery of sugars to the blood stream.
- Removes most of the fiber and some antioxidants from the juice.
- Not as filling or satisfying for most people.
- More time consuming and more difficult to clean.
- Good juicers are expensive.
Blending is a process in which the whole foods, along with some liquid, are put in a machine and blended to form a puree. You get everything the whole food has to offer: vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber.
- Fast delivery of nutrients to the blood stream. Only a small amount of digestion is required.
- Gives the digestive system a break. Primarily the stomach and pancreas.
- Because the food is blended, it takes up less space than a full meal would. This allows for more nutrient intake at one time.
- The natural fiber slows the release of sugars into the blood stream.
- More nutrient availability due to the whole plant being consumed.
- More filling due to the fiber.
- Very fast to make a smoothie (or Blast) and clean up.
- Blenders are less expensive than juicers.
If someone is sensitive to fiber, it could make a person bloated and a little gassy.
You can’t consume as much liquid as you could juicing.
Some blenders can create too much heat if you let them blend too long. The heat will kill the naturally occurring enzymes. (This is not the case with NutriBullet, as it doesn’t heat to the point of destroying enzymes.)
I already own a Cuisinart do-it-all system, that includes attachments for both food processing, slicing, dicing, as well as a separate all-glass “traditional” blender.
Now I understand the Cuisinart doesn’t have the horsepower, RPMs or “emulsifying technology” of juicers and emulsifying blenders, yet can’t it achieve reasonably similar nutritional benefits and taste results? Or do I really need to clutter my already cluttered kitchen cabinet space with one more “Unitasker”?
While there’s tons of online forums and reviews on these products, let’s hear from the regular readers on this blog about your experiences using and/or drinking concoctions made with a juicer, “emulsifying blender” and/or traditional blender. What’s your favorite fruits, veggies and other ingredients to use? Any health benefits you’ve personally experienced?
It would also be great if you have tips on “Hawaiianized” recipes you’ve come up with that I could apply when I do that “Health-E-Bullet” product review, so it will stay “O.T.”. Li Hing Lanai (Pineapple) Smoothie? Lilikoi Butter Mochi Smoothie, perhaps? How’s about a Squid Luau Smoothie? lol