Does blender HP matter?
I've been juicing a lot of greens on my 0.9 HP blender and haven't really noticed any problems except I need to add some water to make sure I get a decent consistency in the smoothie. Still, I'm left with little chunks of green instead of that smoothie consistency.
I read somewhere that in order to get the most nutritional benefit from green smoothies in which the stomach can easily absorb and digest, the greens needed to be blended almost to a very creamy consistency - something to do with the stomach's ability to handle the fibers that greens are composed of (sorry if I'm getting to technical). I also read that the heat created by the blades of less powerful blenders when juicing tends to harm the nutrient content of the greens whereas powerful blenders with 2-3 HP motors have no problem cutting through the fibers into a creamy consistancy.
Anyone know if this is true? I'm thinking of shelving my blender and going for a Vitamax or other alternative.
I've read the same things you did and that's why I brought a Blendtec. Although, from what I've read others use regular blenders, but just blend longer. You can throw some ice cubes in there to keep it from getting too warm.
To get your greens more creamy just try blending them longer with ice cubes.