Natural homemade smoothies and juices have grown in popularity, as all of us try to increase the number of fruits and vegetables we eat every day.
This is especially true of parents who are coping with picky eaters. After all, sometimes it's easier to get kids to drink their fruits and vegetables than eat them.
In this lesson, we'll discuss the difference between smoothies and juices and which is better for you.
Keep in mind that I am referring to fresh homemade juices in this lesson - not commercially-prepared juices.
The benefit of drinking this kind of homemade juice is that it isn't subjected to heating or processing, as bottled juices are.
When juices are heated, as they must be in order to kill germs and make the juice safe for storage on supermarket shelves, they can lose some of their vitamins and minerals.
Drinking fresh juice also leaves these vitamins and minerals intact - provided you drink the juice right away, as you should.
Proponents of juicing also say that by extracting the fiber and pulp from the juice, you get more bang for your nutritional buck - essentially, you're able to absorb more nutrients from the juice than you would if you simply ate a piece of fruit or a vegetable or drank a smoothie made with whole fruit.
Whole juice is a new buzz word.
Unlike regular juice which is made by extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables and discarding the pulp and fiber, whole juice is made by pureeing the whole fruit or vegetable, including the pulp, fiber, and sometimes even the seeds and skin.
Whole juice has become popular as powerful blenders, like the Blendtec and Vitamix blenders, have made it possible to make whole juices at home.
With these tools, you can pop a whole orange or apple in one of these blenders, add a little water and have orange juice or apple juice in seconds - no peeling, seeding or sectioning required.