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Juicers vs. Emulsifying Blenders vs. Blenders?

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.

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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

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.

Negatives

  • 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.

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BLENDING

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.

Benefits

  • 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.

Negatives

  • 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

9 thoughts on “Juicers vs. Emulsifying Blenders vs. Blenders?

  • June 13, 2014 at 10:46 am
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    I have the VitaMix and LOVE it! I use it almost everyday. Favorite smoothies contain what ever happens to be in the kitchen that day! I try to always use pineapple due to the health benefits, but some days I’ll “go green” adding kale or spinach, green apple, broccoli, mango. Some days are “orange” adding carrots, orange, banana to the pineapple. It is well worth the counter space it takes up. You can also make soups, peanut butter, freshly ground flour, as well as a million other things with it. Throw in fruits and veggies that aren’t so pretty, they will taste just fine. Don’t be afraid to throw anything in, if your smoothie is heavy on the veggies, a little agave syrup will sweeten it right up so you can drink it without gagging! Some veggies are stronger than others, a little celery goes a long way!
    Good luck with your product review.
    Thanks to you, a li hing pineapple smoothie is now on my list of to do’s for the near future! Have a great weekend.

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    • June 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm
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      Doreen,

      Kale seems to be all the rage at the farmers market lately, with numerous vendors selling fresh-grown Kale at very reasonable prices. Otsuji Farms sells a Kale Smoothie. I’d really like it for using up fruits and veggies that are on their last leg in the refrigerator bin. If it helps with not wasting food, I’m all for it.

      Thanks for the tip on the Agave Syrup. I’m sure honey works just as well, too. Or Mirin, perhaps? Interesting how Celery is really strong. I’d also think the fibers would be extra hard on the motor.

      I love coconut, so I’d do all kinds of stuff using that as an ingredient, including savory types. I’m already brainstorming how I’d make my Squid Luau Smoothie. Also a Thai Lemon Grass Coconut Curry Smoothie. I’m serious! Ooh, and something that uses taro root and poi!

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  • June 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm
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    My family now want to have more green drinks. The price of the ready made one is reason making it at home is the way to go.

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  • June 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm
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    Pomai, Try Cuisinart Beverage Recipes: https://www.cuisinart.com/recipes/beverages.html

    I have my Cuisinart 11 cup Food Processor and 12-speed Hamilton/Beach Regular Blender to make my beverages. I’ll be adding a juice extractor attachment to my kitchen-aide stand mixer in support of my hand operated food mill as I found multi-tasking food processors and blender don’t work that great!

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  • June 13, 2014 at 11:44 pm
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    I found this info very helpful. I totally agree with a juicer been a pain to clean. Makes me think twice when I’m thinking of juicing.
    The health benefits of juicing can’t be denied.

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  • June 14, 2014 at 6:33 am
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    In the blender: Frozen banana + ripe (softer is better) avocado + cocoa powder (unsweetened, not hot chocolate powder) = pudding-ish breakfast. Serve immediately. I use more banana than avocado. Sometimes I add some liquid so the blender can blend it, but you probably don’t need liquid in a fancy machine. Maybe it could be local-ized by replacing cocoa with coconut milk and dry poi powder? Expect the color to be be unappetizing.

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  • June 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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    @ Anonymous – Oooh, Poi Powder… good one! Oh yeah, I’m all over Coconut Milk when I get that machine for the review. That and regular milk of course. I’m a milk fiend. What’s with those amino liquids they add at Jamba? Does that extra protein really make a difference? I mean what, is everyone competing in a bodybuilding contest? Never thought of combining avocado with bananas. Sounds interesting!

    @ Ken – Mahalo for the Cuisinart recipes link. Wow, what a selection! I could go on for days making stuff right from there!

    @ Kelike – Green colored drinks actually look “gross” to me. I much prefer ones that are creamy or reddish in color. Which reminds me, I sure could go for a Lava Flow right about now. Wish I had that machine already!

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  • June 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm
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    We have a Breville juicer. We just every morning – kale, celery, green apple, cucumber, ginger, lime. My husband has lost over 20 lbs by drinking this as part of his breakfast and lunch (we make approx 32 oz each morning). This drink tastes “green” and it took me a while to like it (ok, I’ll be honest, I’m still learning to like it) but what I do is pound it down and hold my breath. During my most recent blood work, my cholesterol has gone down by 25%! We tried making smoothies but we returned to juicing.

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  • May 19, 2017 at 3:27 am
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    An Ultimate Guide about juicers and blenders with aspects of multiple functions and with new machines in market as well as cheap with less noise

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