Green Smoothie Questions

Oxidization with Blending

4 Comments 11 May 2010

QUESTION: When I’m making a green smoothie and breaking up greens in the blender, do they oxidize and lose most of their nutrients? Incidentally, I do consume a ton of greens by eating huge salads and juicing.

VICTORIA: In my book, Green For Life, I explain that in order to get nutrients from greens, every cell of the green leaf has to be ruptured. To get all of the nutrients from food by oral mastication, one would have to spend several hours a day chewing, and have extremely healthy teeth that are all in place, including wisdom teeth. By observing the results of those who regularly consume green smoothies, I now think that the assimilation of nutrients from smoothies is several times more efficient than from chewing greens. Of course, these numbers are different from person to person, but I estimate that two bunches of greens chewed are equal to approximately to half a bunch of greens blended (not juiced, because juice is missing an important ingredient: fiber). When I was juicing my greens on a daily basis, I noticed how quickly the green juice turned brown and began to taste bitter. This doesn’t appear to happen with blended greens, probably because of the large quantities of antioxidants in the fiber. Green smoothies continue to stay bright green and taste fresh for many hours if kept in a cool place.

QUESTION: I thought Victoria’s point for green smoothies being superior to green juices was lacking. One of the main benefits of juice is that it requires next to no digestion and can be absorbed and assimilated immediately into the bloodstream, allowing the digestive system to rest.

VICTORIA: I agree with Dr. Doug Graham that juices are a fractured food, which is missing an essential component—fiber. I believe that when we consume enough fiber, we take a load off of our organism by dramatically improving our elimination. Toxins build up in the colon. Fiber cleans them out. When most toxins have been removed by fiber, then the body has a greater ability to absorb nutrients, thus improving digestion. There are many more important benefits in having fiber. For example, in my previous newsletter, I cited research about good bacteria needing raw fiber from fruits and vegetables in our colon to be able to survive. These bacteria are linked to the B complex vitamins–another important issue. Juices are not a complete food; humans could not live on juices alone. Very often juices have unbalanced amounts of sugar. Contrary to juices, green smoothies are a complete food. Also, I have met people who went on prolonged juice fasts and saw no improvement in their hydrochloric acid.

You can read an experiment Victoria conducted which researched Bending v’s Juicing here.

Post to Twitter

Your Comments

4 Comments so far

  1. Linda says:

    Thanks for the clarification! I had the same question! I like the whole food idea. Nature knows exactly what our body needs and provided it for us. When we eat the food in a state as closely as Nature provided it we don’t need to fully understand the science behind it for our body to benefit. (We could spend our whole lives studying one component and still not exhaust what could be learned- and every scientist has a different angel. I like to trust Nature) I must say that I do appreciate the organized way in which the information has been provided here because, while we will never know or understand it all, my mind does like to be able to comprehend how it works at a basic level. Thanks so much! =D

  2. emilyb says:

    I’m with you Linda – trust in nature. Its about simplifying and going back to our roots.
    Its so nice to hear that this information is easy to access and understand, that was my main goal. Thank you!

  3. Doris Dejwakh says:

    I would like to know if freezing a whole fruit or a blended fruit, vegetable or greens effects the food value. I find when I have to get up early to go to class, I need to prepare my smoothie mostly the day before, and freeze part of it for later. When I have an early class, I take a few frozen items out the night before and leave them in the fridge to thaw, so they are ready to blend together in the morning. Is this okay, or do I lose the food value?

  4. emilyb says:

    Victoria answers a similar question on this post, here
    “I have never frozen my greens, but if I lived in a northern country and had, for example, a large harvest of spinach, I would freeze it and use it over time. Frozen greens will still be more nutritious than cooked greens. However, if you have access to fresh greens, they are significantly more nutritious and tastier than frozen.”

Share your view

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

© 2016 Green Smoothies, Raw Family | Powered by Green Smoothies!

Site by iEnvision Media