To juice or to blend - that is the question...and the answer is that it really depends on what your goals are! Both juicing and blending fruits and vegetables are great practices for someone with the MTHFR mutation. Dark leafy greens are rich in folate, which people with the MTHFR mutation need lots of! Each method has its distinct advantages. Which method you opt for depends on what you're hoping to gain from that beverage. And, hey, you can always switch it up! I'll break down the advantages and potential drawbacks of both juicing and blending for you in the easiest way possible...
When you juice a fruit or vegetable, the juicer actually removes the fiber for you, leaving you with a pure and potent nutrient-dense liquid. You typically have to buy a large quantity of produce to create an 8 ounce glass. Fiber and pulp can take up a lot of space, so a lot is required to create this pure juice. However, what you're left with are loads of nutrients from a large amount of produce in a small amount of juice. If you want the most powerful nutrient density, juicing beats blending any day.
-Can pack in high nutrient density from lots of fruit and veggies in a small amount of juice
-Separating the fiber from the vitamins and minerals increases nutrient absorption
-Without the fiber, juice is easier to digest than a blended beverage
-Fiber is also an important component of diet and shouldn't always be removed
-Fiber balances out sugar in the body, so juicing vegetables which are low in sugar content may be a better method than regularly juicing fruit
-Depending on what type of juicer you buy, the cleanup process can be tedious
When you blend fruits and vegetables, you do just that - blend them together. Nothing is extracted from the final product. Fiber is left intact and you simply have a smooth blended beverage consisting of whatever you decided to combine. If you're looking for a hunger-satiating beverage that is also nutritious, blending beats juicing any day.
-Rich in fiber, a blended beverage is great for digestive health and elimination
-The high fiber content satiates hunger and balances blood sugar
-Clean up tends to be extremely quick and easy
-Blending does not offer as high of a nutrient density profile as juicing
-Fiber can also block nutrient absorption to some degree
-The high fiber content can be tough to digest for some people
So there you have it! Juicing and blending are both powerful tools for a MTHFR to have under their belt, depending on what you're looking to achieve. Ideally, both methods would have a place in your lifestyle.
Do you juice or blend more often? What is your favorite recipe? Tell us about it!