Firstly I think we need to understand the difference between a " JUICE " and a " SMOOTHIE" so that you can decide which one you might have and WHY.
A Fresh Juice allows you to ingest the instant infusion of nutrients, enzymes, plant antioxidants, and minerals from the source, without cooking, recipe hunting, food combining, and chewing. IT'S EASY! Juicing also gives you the food source in its raw state without cooking and destroying some of it's properties.
Green Juices ( which seem to be the flavour of the month) are alkaline, which help counteract many acidic foods in our modern diet.
Concocting a green juice also allows you to " hide " green vegetables that you may otherwise not eat.
However when you turn a vegetable into a juice, it lacks it's natural fibre. That is usually the stuff you throw out or put in your compost bin. It is important to remember that fibre from vegetables is a very necessary part of our normal food consumption. It helps improve our bowel health, our GUT flora / bacteria, and it also assists detoxification in the GUT.
Remember to wash all veggies well, and try to choose pesticide free, because if you choose to juice, you will inevitably consume much more vegetable matter than previously, and therefore many more pesticides.
Juicers are basically 2 types - centrifugal or masticating.
A centrifugal juicer spins the fruits /veggies like a high speed washing machine on spin cycle and in the process destroys most of the nutrients. So a masticating juicer is better.
A smoothie uses the whole food i.e. veggie or fruit, and does not discard the fibre ( pulp ). You generally just remove the skin and seeds. The best way to make a smoothie is to use a blender or a VitaMix. It is important to get creative as the different types and blends you can make are only as limited as your imagination and of course your taste buds.
So I hoped that explained the difference to you. I actually prefer to Juice rather than have a Smoothie. However I don't think we can say one is better than the other. It depends on what your body can tolerate as a crohn's disease sufferer.
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My Crohn's Doctor