Thursday, April 24, 2008

Juicer vs Vitamix

The irony is that what they are saying makes a juicer better than a Vitamix (there is no pulp in the juice, so it passes directly into the bloodstream) is exactly what makes it worse than a Vitamix.

With the pulp or fiber removed, the nutrients do not have to go through the long and energy-consuming process of digestion... thus the nutrients can pass directly into the blood stream. It is almost like intravenous feeding! The most important thing to remember about juicing is that the very purpose of juicing is to remove the pulp or fiber so the nutrients can go to work immediately without going through the digestive process. Advantages in bypassing the digestive system are that this allows for very minimal loss of the nutrients before they reach our cells, and also this saves our body from expending energy for digestion.

So where does the "Vita-Mix" fit into what we have been talking about? First of all, IT IS NOT A JUICER! Listen to their own words in a recent ad: "The 'juice gurus' on television claim that their juice extractors provide phenomenal nutritional benefits. A recent laboratory study reveals that juice extractors actually decrease the number of vital nutrients you get from fruits and vegetables. That's because they extract and discard the most nutritious part - the pulp.... You'll easily get 4 to 6 times more fiber by drinking Vita-Mix Super Juice instead of regular juice!"

Actually, the "VITA-MIX" is nothing but an expensive, glorified blender that blends the juice and pulp into a thick mush, to which you have to add water in order to drink. Listen to their own words again: "Only Vita-Mix makes 'total juice' which includes the cholesterol-lowering fiber... What is 'total juice?' It's made by pureeing whole fruits and vegetables to the consistency of pudding." But what they don't tell you is that because there is pulp in the juice, the nutrients cannot pass directly into the blood stream as does pure juice from a juicer, and thus must go to the stomach and through the digestive process. Because this blended pulp and juice is in a liquid form, it does not get chewed in the mouth where the digestive enzymes would normally be released as when whole raw foods are chewed. And so this "puree" goes directly to the stomach without the digestive enzymes and becomes a difficult substance for the body to deal with.