Hi again Jim,
Thank you for the wonderful newsletter.
I was wondering if you could answer this question for me: why is it more desirable to eat a greens juice than eating it in salad form? Is it because we eat more if it is juiced?
Also, is a juicer much better than "doing" those greens in a food processor? Why?
Funnily enough, I cannot find the answer to those questions on the Internet or in the literature I have so I was wondering if you would be kind enough to tell me about it.
Thank you so very much and please keep up that good work!
Pat (in Quebec City)
Partially because we eat more, but mostly we blend because nobody chews adequately anymore. 100 years ago we taught kids to chew every bite 35-50 times, until it was liquid in your mouth. Look at the jaw size of the Presidents on old portraits! Nowadays dentists are not only removing wisdom teeth, but on teens today they’re also removing the next 4, also. We’ve become a continent of people that gulp soft food.
The body can’t pull the nutrients out of greens if they’re not fully chewed. So we blend as a form of “pre-digestion.” Victoria Boutenko covers this in depth in her video “Greens can Save Your Life.” (www.chidiet.com/tapes.htm#v64).
She also discusses juicing vs. blending. Basically, why throw all that good food and fiber in the compost pile when your body can assimilate nutrients out of it?
I hope this helps.