We get it all the time, and it's quite a big misconception. People get a hold of us and ask, "What's the big deal about cold-pressed juice? I make the same thing with my blender!"
For you guys newer to juicing, we're sorry to burst your bubble, but that tasty treat you blend in that Vitamix / Ninja is a far cry from a juice! In this blog post, we're covering four reasons that smoothie falls short of doing what a cold-pressed juice can do!
1. Quicker Digestion
Probably the first difference you'll notice when you compare a smoothie to a juice is the texture or consistency. A smoothie is made up of blended whole fruits, vegetables, and anything else you might be throwing in there: nuts, milk, nut milks... So you're getting all of the fibers that help those foods keep their shape which means your body has to break it all down.
Now, don't get us wrong. Fiber is of course a very important part of a balanced diet. But the beautiful part about cold-pressed juice is that all of the fiber is extracted before the juice is bottled. So what you're drinking is assimilated much quicker into your body, thereby nourishing your body quicker and making you feel full faster!
2. Still Nutrient Dense
The greatest advantage to cold-pressed juice is that there is never any heat involved in making it (hence the name "cold-pressed" juice), which means there is no oxidation, keeping all of the nutrients and live enzymes in the juice in tact. We use a machine that grinds and presses the fruits and vegetables to separate all of the juice from the fiber, and then preserve it with cold external pressure. From start to finish, no heat is ever introduced to our juice, so you get every vitamin, mineral, and live enzyme, just the way nature intended you to have.
3. Shelf Life
It's unfortunate when you use all of this produce and other ingredients to make a smoothie, and half a day later after you've popped it into the fridge, you find that the taste of it has gone south and you have to throw it away. That's because as soon as you begin to blend it, it becomes slightly heated, as we mentioned in the previous point. Oxidation means it begins to break down immediately.
But with cold-pressed juices like ours that have been HPP'ed, a cold pressure method of preservation, you're able to keep many bottles on hand in your fridge for whenever you choose to have it.
4. Health On The Go
Along with having a longer shelf life, you're given the option to have a cold-pressed juice whenever you want it without any clean up! Imagine that you're running late one morning but you need something to hold you over until you can get a real meal. You can stop by the bagel place on the corner and get a breakfast sandwich with a coffee, but you know you're going to end up feeling bogged down with a brain fog and low energy.
Now imagine that you're again in a hurry one morning, and on your way out the door, you rush to the fridge and grab a cold, refreshing Clarity Juice. You're driving to the office or waiting on the subway, you twist open the top and start drinking two full servings of fruit and vegetable juice, which, interestingly, leaves you feeling full and satisfied but still awake and alert. It's amazing what 5-6 pounds of fruit and vegetables can do when squeezed into one bottle. And the best part is there isn't any clean up to be done, in the morning or when you get home!
What's your take on the idea of smoothies vs. juices? Do you agree with our list? Is there anything you like more about juices than smoothies, or vice versa? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
You can also check out more information about the HPP process here
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