Have you ever heard that blending fruits and vegetables destroy vitamins and fiber? Well, you’ll be glad to know there are no scientific data to support that claim. On the contrary, there are many benefits of blending your food.
Instead of turning to a single food item for all your nutrients, healthy diet supplementation can help you reduce the need for medicinal and herbal supplements.
Also, fiber is blended with liquid as soon as you press your container’s blending button. That is how the beautiful texture of the smoothie is created.
Pineapple, for example, is a fabulous source of vitamin C. But other fruits can give you more of it than pineapple can. Berries (like strawberries and blackberries) provide twice as much as a half cup of pineapple can.
In a well-balanced diet everyone should enjoy a variety of foods to reach optimal health and wellness. So next time you hit the supermarket to buy your food, remember to take your blender with you.
If you are determined to have a deep understanding of what happens when blending, please watch this video.
Fiber is the portion of food that cannot be digested by our gut enzymes. Fiber essentially makes its way to the end of the large intestine before being expelled as waste.
Many people believe digestion does not occur when you add fiber to your diet in the form of supplementation or through food. In fact, this is one of the biggest myths in the industry today.
Fiber improves your digestion and elimination by helping to bulk up your stool. This bulk then stimulates peristalsis which is the muscle contraction that moves your food through your large intestine.
Today, fiber is being added to all sorts of foods as a supplement (think highly processed crackers, for example). But when you are adding fiber to your diet, you need to make sure you are getting enough from your foods.
The manufacturers are adding fiber to foods because the fiber does not have much taste (this is the case with most fiber supplements), and it actually increases the food’s nutrition to add fiber in this way.
Fiber is very important for our health. It keeps our appetite normal and our food moving through our body.
The best fiber sources are legumes and whole grains. Unprocessed fruits and vegetables are also good sources. In general, the label should list a fiber percentage on the label.
When you make a smoothie or a juice, it doesn’t mean that you are throwing away all the nutrients and fiber in the food you put there. It’s obvious that there won’t be any fiber in the liquid, but what about the whole food?
When you blend a fruit, vegetable or a combination of those, you are not only extracting the juice out of them, but you are also crushing them into a wispy powder.
This powder is then mixed with the liquid. You can then drink it or pour it over your breakfast. If you are not in a hurry, you can also put your smoothie in the fridge and drink it later. If you do that, you will be able to digest the food better, as you will not be introducing it to your body in a hot form.
Yes, some of the nutrients are lost. This depends a lot on how you are treating your smoothie. For example, storing it in the fridge for a while will help. So will using a non-toxic container to store your drink.
When you use your blender on a regular basis, the blades become duller. This means they will not be able to crush your food as finely. You can fix this by sharpening the blades.
Properly blending and processing raw vegetables does not destroy some of the nutrients and it does not turn them into a simple sugar clone.
The key to getting the benefits of raw vegetables in your diet is to eat organic foods, lightly steam them and to use blended vegetables.
If you are serious about your health, then include a lot of raw food in your diet. Just don’t expect that you will be receiving the amount of nutrients and fiber as you would from foods that were never cooked.
However, it’s always good to add raw foods to your diet and it’s a great way to introduce fiber and nutrients to a family that is used to only eating cooked food. Even if they only eat a small amount, it will be a good start.