View Full Version : Smoothies and digestion
05-28-2006, 07:40 AM
It seems like the more I read about raw diets the more confused I become! I had been thinking that smoothies were really great because we usually don't chew very well so making smoothies breaks down the food so it can be better digested and the nutrients can be better absorbed in the body. Also you can get more food in because it takes so long to chew greens. Now I just read somewhere that actually smoothies are not better digested because since you are not chewing the food the digestive enzymes/acids that would be released when you chew are not being released because you are not chewing! I would be interested to know people's thoughts on this and if you have more information on the topic. Thanks!
By all means consume green smoothies, but try to ensalivate each mouthful for a few seconds before you swallow it.
You might find it beneficial to remove half the fibre from your smoothies, using a nut milk bag. This will reduce the digestive burden on your stomach while still retaining some of the fibre and the majority of the nutrients - a useful compromise.
05-28-2006, 08:29 AM
As Arky said...you definitely want to chew your smoothies....
also, you could juice the same ingredients, use your fiber for your salad, and get all the same nutrients and fiber. I have been reading Natalia Rose's book and this thought came to me as a way to merge her theories along with Victoria Boutenko's.
Giving it a try today....
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