Drinking veggies or eating them is a matter of debate. The experts have weighed the effects of both and given their opinion. While the health world is always full of the latest trends, the trend of juices and smoothies isn’t that new.
Across the globe, kitchens and health clubs are presenting pressed and blended beverages. But the question continues: drinking veggies or eating them, which one is better? Moreover, is there any right or wrong method to juice and blend?
Drinking veggies can increase the availability of the nutrients
Experts say that juicing has its place, but blending is better to get most of the nutrients. Leigh Tracy is RD and Certified Diabetes Educator at Mercy Medical Center – Baltimore. She states that juicing veggies can lead to loss of fiber, which is a very nutritious part.
However, there is no loss of nutrients in the case of blending. But still, she warns that fruit and veggies mixes can easily become dessert-like concoctions. People tend to add more fruit or vegetable in smoothies than they eat as a whole.
That can lead to higher calories and sugar content in shakes. Although the sugar is natural, it can still increase the blood sugar levels. Always consult with your physician before making a change in the diet. Dr. NavNirat Nibber is Medical Advisor at Advanced Orthomolecular Research.
She said that veggies are complicated, having tough and fibrous exteriors to protect them. She also said that peeling each layer discovers new nutrients, like flavonoids, vitamins, proteins, and more. For instance, freshly grounded flax seeds release beneficial oil and are also the source of soluble fiber.
While these nutrients are quite beneficial, they need to be extracted from outer walls via chewing. Eating too fast may not allow reaping all the benefits. But blending veggies initiates the mechanical breakdown of food. That is especially beneficial for people on-the-go who are not properly chewing their food.
Other pros and cons of drinking veggies
Jen Berliner is the CEO of the vegetable drink company – Medlie. He adds that the quick process of digestion makes nutrients readily available. So, blending and then drinking veggies makes it easier for the body to process amazing nutrients.
Blending veggies reduces the need for the stomach to work for breaking vegetables. So, it is helpful for people with digestion issues. Dr. Nibber adds that people who have an enzyme or acid deficiency, and are unable to chemically break their foods, can benefit from this blending process.
Additionally, in the case of food indigestion, or inflammation, juicing and blending can also provide a good interim solution and heal the gut for optimum functioning. However, if there’s a need to do this in conjunction with more well-balanced meals or for a specific period, it’s necessary to take the doctor’s advice.
Besides these benefits, drinking some veggies like carrots and sweet potato can cause spikes in BGLs. Dr. Nibber agrees that pulverizing produce can flood the system with sugars and nutrients, leading to a spike in BGLs, instead of a slow-timed release while eating them.
Moreover, the long-term easy digestion of blended vegetables can throw off the digestive system, particularly, if the smoothies fully replace the whole form of produce. Moderation is the key to healthy living. Be specific about your goals and ensure having a balanced approach, advises Dr. Nibber.