Let’s get one thing straight here, before we explain what the experts have to say about the great juice vs. smoothie debate. If you’ve chosen to drink either of these things in the morning, instead of eating I don’t know – a donut, you’re a winner in my book. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s establish the difference between juices and smoothies.
When it comes to the look factor, juices definitely look like they’re better for you then a smoothie. Think about it: it basically looks like colored water more or less. It’s just a bunch of fruits and vegetables ground up and put into liquid form.
You’d think all of the vitamins and antioxidants are delivered to you – right through your straw. However, dietitians have said that’s not actually the case. Juices are apparently low in fiber and high in sugar.
The high sugar factor can cause issues in your liver, which causes fat to build up and can cause inflammation.
Green juices aren’t much better, as they don’t have the fat you need to help your body store the vitamins and antioxidants it needs.
Smoothies, on the other hand have their own set of issues. For starters, they surely aren’t as pretty as juices and they sometimes have more calories. However, they contain more fruits and vegetables in them then a juice.
They’re usually made with some form of dairy, or dairy free component, and have seeds in them to help with your fiber intake. In addition, most smoothies usually have a protein powder of some sort in them. Smoothies are also filled with protein, calcium, and healthy fats.
When it comes to picking a juice or a smoothie, dietitians and health experts would opt for smoothies. Overall, they’re much healthier than juices and are usually much more satisfying. Your body will be happier with a smoothie over juice, in the long run.