Ever found yourself tossing up between a blended green smoothie or a fresh green juice? Puzzled on which blend contains the highest concentration of nutrients? Allow us to clear up the confusion.
A report issued by the federal government's National Measurement Institute compared the two green concoctions, finally putting an end to the smoothie vs. juice debate.
When first comparing the two healthy drinks, researchers found that a green juice actually has more vitamin C, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and potassium compared to a green smoothie, although the latter was found to have more calcium — so they're pretty even so far.
Further delving into each drink's nutritional value, researchers found that a green juice contains 142 per cent more vitamin C than the smoothie blend, and was 73 per cent richer in alpha-carotene. It also contained 54 per cent more potassium and provided 83 per cent of the required daily intake of vitamin A.
On comparison, experts say the nutrients in a smoothie may be depleted due to the over-processing of the ingredients. Blending also incorporates air into the mix, which can result in belly bloat.
To keep a level playing field, researchers made each of the two green drinks with the same ingredients: Kale, oranges, celery, carrots and apples. However, water was added to the smoothie to allow the ingredients to combine, potentially diluting the vitamin-packed ingredients
ELLE sat down with Australia's leading pressed juicer and founder of Lucky You Cleanse, Heidy Jameel, to get her view on juices versus smoothies, or "pulp in versus out", as she describes it. "All of our juices are cold-pressed to extract the maximum vitamins and minerals from each vegetable and fruit," she says.
"We keep the nutrients in and leave the pulp out as pulp increases bloating and is harder to digest (a common problem with smoothies). This process makes it easier and faster for our bodies to soak in the 'good stuff'. Digestion takes a lot of energy."
According to Jameel, the energy the body puts towards digesting, the more time it has to turn its attention to healing and repairing tissue. Further making her case for green juices over smoothies,
Jameel says that a pressed juice can work wonders for you beyond health.
"By consuming organic, raw, cold-pressed juice alongside a healthy diet or on their own, we feel energised and look youthful — a powerful combination! We call it 'vibrating from within'. You can spot a dedicated juicer from miles away: bright eyes, glowing skin and full of oomph."
This story first appeared on ELLE.com.au.
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