Today I am going to explain what the late, great, Master Teachers taught to me about the differences between juicing and blending back in 1948 to 1960. That would be Dr. Max Gerson, Dr. Norman Walker and Dr. Kirschner.
There are two distinct reasons behind the differences between juicing and blending, but first let’s talk about how juicers work and the reasons behind juicing.
Some juicers extract the pulp out the back (like our slow juicer, The Power Grind Pro does) and other juicers squeeze out the pulp from an auger type of a juicer like the Champion, the Greenstar or the Samson and Omega.
For example, when you are juicing your greens, the greens hit the blades, and within a half of a turn it’s in your glass, and the pulp is out in the bucket within an instant, so the oxidation process is not as near as intense. However, not all juicers are equal in this aspect. Some juicers spin so fast (16,000) rpms, that the friction is quite high when the produce is hitting the blades. It depends, but it is still by far less agressive than blending your foods. Juicing extracts all fiber (pulp) from the foods, so that when you are drinking the juice, it’s 100% free of pulp. Some people think this is not as smart as blending so that all the pulp and juice are combined. This assumption cannot be further from the truth, so this is why I am going to explain it in depth so that you, in turn, can help people understand the truth.
When you juice fruits/vegetables/seeds/nuts/grains…whatever it is you are jucing, these JUICES become pre-digested, meaning they go into our bloodstream immediately, bypassing any need for digestion because they are in pure juice form. Have you ever drank alcohol and/or coffee and felt the effects from it within just a few minutes? Well that’s because alcohol and/or coffee has no pulp in it and has a powerful effect on the body, negatively of course!
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Almost every human being living now has huge challenges with digesting the foods we eat. It’s not really about the digestion as much as it is about the ‘absorption’ of the foods you are eating. Statistics say that as we age, we absorb 10% less every ten years of our life. So that by the time we reach the age of 50, we are only absorbing 50% of the foods (nutrients) we are eating and by the time we are 80 years old, we are only abosrbing the nutrients from the foods at the rate of 20%. Some people absorb only 5-10% by the time they reach this age.
This is why juicing is so important. Absorbing 100% of the nurients is why juicing is an incredible way to feed our bodies. Yet I can understand why so many of us are blending our greens and fruits because it seems natural to say, “the juice and the fiber are better to consume together, because all this fiber is going to be wasted unless I blend them together”
This is not accurate. Let me explain.
Yes, juicing is devoid of fiber! Fiber has no nutrients in it, once the juices have been extracted from it. Fiber that is left behind in your juicer should be used in your compost bin or best used as mulch for your flower beds. It should ‘not’ be consumed in the ways we are consuming it through the process of blending.
However, fiber is quite important…..But ONLY when fiber is found in the foods you eat, not in foods you are blending. For example, let’s say you eat a salad. You begin chewing, and once you start to chew, your salivary glands start to produce enzymes called Ptyalin, and another enzyme called Amylase. These enzymes secrete saliva so that your foods are absorbed into your stomach easier. As you chew, you swallow. Did you know that the stomach has something called a peristaltic wave? It beats at 22 beats per minute, helping us evacuate the fiber from our bodies. Now, once the food is in the stomach, the stomach begins to separate the pulp from the juice. The juice (or liquid) from the salad now is being absorbed through the intestines, when then go into your portal vein, and then into the liver to feed our 60 trillion cells. Meanwhile,the fiber is being pushed through the intestines, (which is 33 feet combined from the mouth to the anus). This is the reason why We as humans NEED fiber, but through eating our foods. Through this process, the body is doing what a juicer is actually doing, separating the fiber from the juices, so that our bodies can assimilate the nutrients that have been extracted from the fibers. This is why I have been saying for 63 years….
IT’S THE JUICE FROM THE FIBERS THAT FEED YOU!”
Your juicer is separating the fiber form the pulp so that your body can absorb the liquid part of the foods through your intestines and the fiber is being evacuated out of your large bowel, so that, once it is out of the body, it has done its job.
Blending is quite different. There are two major actions that we need to be aware of before we start to think about blending foods. First, the intense speed factor need to be considered, and secondly, drinking the juice with the fiber is not a wise choice. I will discuss both of these.
#1 (Digestion) For example, if you are adding green foods such as spinach, kale, parsley, apples, to the water in the blender, we need to realize that adding water to the foods is creating a real challenge to our digestive tract. First, we are not allowing the salivary glands to mix in with the blended foods, so, once we swallow it, it has now left our mouth and is sitting in the stomach, but…. without the proper enzymes to help with digestion! Now the stomach has to begin the process of separating the pulp from the fibers, so that the body can evacuate the pulp out of our body, so that the body can absorb the liquid part of the blended foods. THIS is the process of digestion. Did you know that if, even the size of a microscopic fiber were to reach your bloodstream, you would die of a blood clot? This is why the body has to separate the fibers from the juices. Consuming blended juices this way, without the help of the salivary glands, can and most likely causes distension in the stomach, intestinal gas, bloating and also give us an unnatural feeling of being too full. Plus you will not feel energized, you will feel sleepy because now the blood that was in your head has to go down into the stomach to help digest the blended foods.
#2. (High Speed) The foods you are blending are spinning at unimaginable speeds. 25,000 revolutions per minute. But it’s worse than that. It’s really 25,000 times 4 blades as they spin in unison, or sometimes these newer blenders have 6 or 8 blades. When you multiply those blades times 25,000….you get way into the 100,000 to 150,000 revolutions per MINUTE. These speeds heat up your foods, destroying the lifeforce, as they unnaturally rip apart these tender tissues from the plant’s leaves.
What happens to the food when it’s being blended that quickly? Friction and heat is what happens! Through this process, we lose all valuable enzymes that were once in the greens or fruits or foods. We also lose valuable nutrients.
Because high speed kills enzymes and nutrients and oxidation occurs. This is why SLOW juicers (like our new Power Grind Pro)are being designed and manufactured so that, through slower speeds we are preserving the nutrients and the friction is minimal, if not, non existant. Now the enzymes we are searching for, and also the powerful anti-oxidants, phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals are being preserved, and are in tact, ready to be absorbed into your bloodstream, in perfect order.
This is why I can’t understand why people will go to the trouble of purchasing a very expensive slow juicer, yet also have a high speed blender. I want to make sure we are looking at these important issues, because as a teacher, this is my job! It’s my job to help us all better understand the choices we make to help us build powerful and effective LIVING KITCHENS.
High speeds kill, so keep your blending to a minimum. Foods such as bananas, avocados, figs, salad dressings, living soups and 99% water fruits such as mangos, etc.,. are great for blending, but just remember, that when you are blending, you should have a slower speed blender as you blend your living soups, otherwise they could be called cooked soups! Start your blender off slowly and do not use the high speed button. This is what Linda and I do. For example, we blend about twice a week, but we juice twice a day.
Making smoothies is really fun, however, just remember that JUICING is meant to feed the body in a superior way, and blending is more for smoothies and fun. If you must blend, please try to blend only on low speeds.
This is why Juicing is entirely different than Blending. Please share this and/or re-post this on your page so that others can benefit from it. Thank you.