Isn’t the juice I get from my Vitamix the best?
I get this question a lot. The Vitamix is an impressive high performance machine, but it is a blender, not a juicer. (That goes for the NutriBullet, too…) So the more accurate question to ask is…
Juicers vs. Blenders – Which is Better?
Blenders include the whole food, including the pulp and all its fiber, and we definitely need fiber in our diet. I’m a big proponent of a whole foods diet. I mean using fresh vegetables, whole grains instead of flour, fruit instead of sugar, basically everything except what comes in a can or a box.
What About Fiber?
We need fiber in our diet because it keeps our intestines moving. Stagnation and congestion are early causes of disease. It’s the corporate food industry diet of highly processed food–with its high percentage of flour, dairy, and sugar–that is contributing to our society’s high rate of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Therefore, I am in favor of smoothies (made in your blender) because when you put an apple, banana, strawberries and blueberries in your blender, you are consuming fresh fruit with all its nutrition and fiber. Smoothies made from either fruits or vegetables are a wonderful way to increase the percentage of whole natural foods in your diet.
The Pros & Cons
But everything has its advantages and disadvantages, and that is the case for juicing and blending. Think of blending as eating without the chewing. The blender is liquefying your food. When you blend the apple and banana you still need to consume and digest them even though you didn’t chew them. Juicing, on the other hand, is the water extracted from fruits and vegetables. That water extract doesn’t require digestion.
Eating A Pound of Carrots
I like carrots, but one carrot in my salad is enough. The idea of consuming a pound of carrots with my meal would be impossible. However, when I juice a pound of carrots it condenses down to 8 ounces of carrot water. I am drinking the nutrient concentrate from a pound of carrots. That water extract requires no effort to digest. Just like drinking any water, no hydrochloric acid is required, no pepsin, no pancreatin, your
liver remains at rest. That pound of carrot nutrition bypasses your stomach and goes right into your bloodstream. It sneaks through easily without requiring anything from your liver, gall bladder, stomach, or pancreas. When you drink a clean vegetable juice, your digestive organs can take a vacation.
The Most Nutrition
And that is, of course, one of the primary benefits of juice fasting. You’re being super-nourished by a large volume of vegetables while your digestive system is completely at rest. Experts say 80 percent of our energy resources are spent on the process of digestion and elimination. And that is also true for smoothies or anything you put in your blender. But not with juice.
We choose to make fresh squeezed juice because we want to assimilate the nutrition from a large volume of vegetables without spending effort to digest them. Juice bypasses the digestive system and goes straight into your bloodstream. That’s as close to 100% absorption as you’ll ever get.
Sadly, none of us has a digestive system that is 100% efficient. I never get 100% assimilation from all the organic food I eat and spend good money on. In fact, experts say that for most of us, our livers function at barely 50 percent capacity, meaning that half of what we consume does not get fully processed. Sure, food goes in and comes out, but that doesn’t mean it gets assimilated!
Most of us regularly overwhelm our digestive organs with too much food.
In my book, Food Combining & Digestion, I talk about the concept of eating half of the volume we normally consume and being even healthier. Why? Because we’re putting less stress on our digestive system and we’re only getting half the nutrition we consume anyway!
That’s the big advantage of juicing. You get as close to 100% assimilation as you’ll ever achieve. And secondly, you get a volume of vegetable nutrition that you could never consume by eating. Concentrated high volume nutrition and nearly 100% delivery into your bloodstream. That’s pretty special. That’s why we juice.