Settling the Debate: Smoothies vs. Juicing


With juice bars being more popular and smoothies being more accessible, this battle for the hearts and minds of the health-crazed is sure to go on for a long time. But who wins? 

There are many factors to consider. This article is meant to present the facts about smoothies and juices so you can conclude and decide which is better for you. Let’s weigh them and see.

Weight Loss

Smoothies often have more calories than juice because they contain milk or yogurt (which adds fat) and fruit. Smoothies with milk also have more sugar than juice because milk has lactose, a type of sugar.

 Juices are made from whole fruits and vegetables and therefore contain more fiber than smoothies; one cup of orange juice has three grams of fiber, while one cup of carrot juice has five grams of fiber. Fiber helps fill you up so that you don’t eat as much later in the day and keeps your blood sugar steady so you don’t crash and crave sugary treats later in the day.

Because juices are made from whole fruits and vegetables, they can be higher in nutrients than smoothies made from frozen fruits alone — especially if they’re homemade instead of store-bought juices or powders combined with water or milk!

Time Required to Make

The time it takes to make a smoothie depends on the type of blender you own, but generally speaking, you can have one mixed up in less than 60 seconds. Juicing requires some prep work before you start juicing — you must wash the produce and cut it up, which takes some time. Once that’s done, however, juicing takes only about five minutes per glass (and about 15 minutes for two large glasses).


Smoothies can be made with any combination of ingredients so long as they fit through the opening of your blender cup. This means that you do not need to purchase expensive equipment like a juicer or any other special tools to make them. 

Juicing requires purchasing either an electric or manual juicer.

The cost of both beverages depends on what ingredients you use and where you buy them from (organic vs. non-organic, local vs. national). If you’re juicing fresh produce at home and using organic ingredients whenever possible, it may be less expensive than buying pre-made juices at the store — especially if you live near an organic farm stand or farmer’s market where products can be purchased directly from the farmers who grew it!


Smoothies have the added benefit of being easier to drink if you don’t like veggies or fruits very much. You can add just about any ingredient to them — including ice cream! Juices can be bitter or sour without enough sweeteners and flavors.

Juicing removes the fiber from fruits and vegetables, leaving only the liquid pulp behind. This can give a very strong taste to juice, depending on what you choose to include in your blend. Smoothies are the way to go if you’re looking for something with a little more flavor than water. Smoothies also provide more variety in terms of texture because they contain both liquid and solid ingredients (frozen fruits, ice cubes).

Cleanup Time

One major difference between smoothies and juices is how much cleanup they require. When you juice, you use a machine that separates the pulp from the juice. Using a masticating juicer takes time to clean up because it creates more waste than other juicers. However, cleanup time will be much shorter if you use a centrifugal juicer that doesn’t separate the pulp from the juice.

Smoothie makers let you blend everything without having to separate anything to make them. This makes cleanup less messy than it would be if you used an actual blender or food processor.

Sugar Content

Juices are typically 100% juice, so the sugar content is much higher than a smoothie made with fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re making your juice at home, adding too much fruit is easy — which will increase your overall sugar intake for the day!

Smoothies usually have less than 10 grams of sugar per serving (1/2 cup). They also contain fiber from fruit skins and pulp, which slows down the absorption of nutrients into your bloodstream (and helps keep you full).


Smoothies have a thicker consistency than juices because they have more pulp. This makes them harder to drink down quickly and may cause some people to feel full faster than they would if drinking juice alone.

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If you’re considering a diet change, deciding between smoothies and juicing is an important first step. And while the two may look similar, they’re quite different. Do you want something compact that doesn’t need much cleanup? Are you trying to get all your nutrients in a single glass of puree? Should you go organic? These are all things that you should consider before making a choice.

When it comes down to it, there are benefits to both. Smoothies and juicing can help keep you healthy and fit. The best thing is that they complement each other well, so if you try one but not the other – don’t worry! You’ll still be able to enjoy all of the healthful goodness these drinks have to offer.


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