Ever since that petite powerhouse Tracy Anderson came out against juicing, basically saying most (MOST) juices are sugar-bombs. I feared that my precious “green drank” may be doing more harm than good.
Thankfully, a 2012 study from the food scientists at Texas A&M has assuaged my fears. My home concoction is squarely in the smoothie territory (blended drink) and not a juice. It turns out that the preparation method creates real nutritional differences, which even surprised the researchers. Ready?
In the above study, nutritional analysis was done on grapefruit juice made 3 different ways: 1. in a Vitamix 2. using a hand squeezer and 3. a fancy electric juicer
The blended (Vitamix) had significantly higher levels of beneficial phytonutrients compared to the juiced versions (hand-held and fancy juicer were nearly identical)
Blended juice has the highest pulp count, which corresponds to naringin levels, a flavonoid shown to have cancer fighting properties
Blended juice had 7x higher levels of naringin
Naringin’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities may help in the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorders
Fruit’s segment pieces (the pulpy parts) contain high levels of other flavonoids
Verdict: Smoothies are always a better bet, since you're getting the whole plant.
BUT if you are going to drink juice, look at the ingredients- there is often a sugary base (even in green juices) and only drink non-pasteurized varieties. Pasteurization kills everything else worthwhile in juice. Also, try to incorporate some blood sugar stabilizing spices into your life, like cinnamon, found in our Trikatu Chai Warming Tea.