The Blender Battle Of The Century: Juice VS Smoothies

Can't decide between sipping on juice or smoothies? We've stacked the numbers to find out which beverage is best. It's the blender battle of the century.



Do you think cold-pressed juices are still the order of the day, or is it time smoothies blitzed their way back to the top? Sip on the undiluted truth about healthy drinking.

Juice

drink juice smoothies food nutrition versus advice

50% – Percentage of your daily intake of Vitamin C in a bottle of Woolworths’ Cold-Pressed 100% Fruit and Vegetable Juice Blend

Science Says: “Juices are packed full of quick-absorbing vitamins and antioxidants. However, purging the pulp means the lack insoluble fibre” – Australian National Measurement Institute

Hot Points: 

  1. Fast-Access Energy
  2. Healthy Hydration
  3. Tastebud Friendly

Hidden Extra: Flavanoids

Known for their antioxidant properties, these compounds – found in fresh apple juice – are proven to put the squeeze on body fat.

Slip-Ups:

  1. High Sugar Content
  2. Won’t Combat Hunger
  3. Expensive

Power Tools

drink juice smoothies food nutrition versus advice

The Philips Avance Collection Juicer will press your fruits and vegetables into cold, delicious, juicy submission. R2 599, YuppieChef.com

drink juice smoothies food nutrition versus advice

With a low speed squeezing system that ensures no heat is generated, the Pressima preserves the vitamins and antioxidants from the fruit, giving you the best in freshly squeezed goodness. R 2770, Faithful To Nature. 

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Smoothies

drink juice smoothies food nutrition versus advice

4.2g – Amount of fibre in a 350ml Mango Berry Smoothie from Kauai. That’s around one third of your recommended daily intake. 

Science Says: “Roughage-crammed smoothies won’t just curb cravings – two daily hits of a fibrous fruit blend can slash cardiovascular disease risk by 9%” – University of Leeds

Hot Points:

  1. Regulates Blood Sugar
  2. Longer Ingredient List
  3. Nothing To Waste

Hidden Extra: Naringin

You should drop half a peeled grapefruit into your next smoothie mix, then drink it post-gym to sample the nutrients’s DOMS-beating powers.

Slip-Ups

  1. Crammed with Kilojoules
  2. Less Photogenic
  3. Slower To Digest

Power Tools

drink juice smoothies food nutrition versus advice

This 1000-watt Nutri Ninja has a razor sharp shuriken that blends fruit, nuts, ice, you name it. R2200 at NinjaBlenders.

drink juice smoothies food nutrition versus advice

The NutriBullet uses a cyclonic action to break foods down into their most easily digestible and absorbable state; this nutrient extraction helps your body get the best possible nutrition with every serving. R1995 at Faithful to Nature.

The MH Verdict

Smoothie Wins! While de-fibred juices may be chock-full of vitamins, smoothies offer a better blend. Using the whole fruit boosts satiety and slows the release of sugar. It’s a smarter way to get your greens on the go. Filtered fruit has been beaten to a pulp.

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