Juicing is a process which extracts water and nutrients from produce and discards the indigestible fibre. Without all the fibre, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard to break down the food and absorb the nutrients. In fact, it makes the nutrients more readily available to the body in much larger quantities than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole.
This is especially helpful if you have a sensitive digestive system or illness that inhibits your body from processing fiber. The fiber in produce helps slow down the digestive process and provides a steady release of nutrients into the blood stream. Jason Vale calls juicing “A nutrient express!”
Freshly squeezed vegetable juices form part of most healing and detoxification programs because they are so nutrient rich and nourish and restore the body at a cellular level.”
Extract taken from a wonderful resource on all things healthy and juicy Food Matters
Unlike juices, smoothies consist of the entire fruit or vegetable, skin and all and contain all of the fibre from the vegetables. However,
What about the fibre? Don’t I need it?
Whether you juice or make smoothies, you will still get some fiber. There are the two kinds of fibre—here’s how they work in your body:
Soluble fibre – This remains in your juice even when you take out the pulp.
Soluble fiber absorbs water in the intestines, forming a gel that helps slow the transit of food through your digestive tract. It also acts as pre-biotic to support healthy bacteria in the gut.
Insoluble fibre – This remains in your smoothie as the pulp.
Insoluble fibre makes you feel full because it literally takes up more room in your stomach. This fibre helps keep you regular. Since your body doesn’t absorb much of it, it also adds bulk to your stool.