With more and more people seeking healthy food and drink alternatives, many are discovering the benefits of pure juices and smoothies.

Both kinds of beverages can be very healthful, but they are different in their composition and in their purpose.

So, what is the difference between a juice and a smoothie?

A juice is the liquid of a plant or fruit. It contains no fiber. Juices are referred to as “vitamin and mineral infusions.”

Juicing removes all of the fiber from the plant or fruit, so your body does little digestive work in order to extract the nutrients. They are absorbed directly into your bloodstream and cells.

A smoothie is a drink composed of blended foods. This means that the foods retain their fiber. Because the fiber is just slightly broken down but not removed, your body will have to do some digestive work, but not as much as it would if you simply ate the foods.

Health benefits of juicing

  • Easy to digest and assimilate as they contain no fiber
  • Goes straight into your bloodstream and cells
  • Easiest way to get phyto-nutrients in their most absorbable form
  • Are extremely alkaline
  • Offer way more energy than coffee
  • Aid in proper and healthy bowel movements
  • Assists with weight loss
  • Low in calories
  • Curbs your appetite
  • If drunk on a regular basis, cravings for sugar and refined carbs will diminish
  • Lets you consume an enormous amount of vegetables at one time

Health benefits of smoothies

  • Tremendous amount of fiber
  • Can serve as meal replacement as they are filling from the fiber
  • Are extremely alkaline
  • Help keep bowels regular
  • Provide abundant amount of energy
  • Are a great way to “eat” your veggies without realizing it
  • Are low in calories
  • Can aid in weight loss
  • Helps keep you hydrated because they contain a lot of water
  • Easy to digest
  • Help reduce the cravings for junk food

Leslie Rohland is the owner of the Juice Hive in Bluffton Village, and of The Cottage Café on Calhoun Street in Old Town Bluffton.