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Hey guys<br>
I am not a raw vegan but I do eat/drink a lot of green smoothies. THen a friend of mine showed me this today.<br><br><a href="http://happyherbivore.com/2012/01/why-i-stopped-drinking-green-smoothies/" target="_blank">http://happyherbivore.com/2012/01/wh...een-smoothies/</a><br><br>
Can you guys please clear this up? I thought i was doing a good thing drinking those smoothies!
 

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I'm not a smoothie (green or otherwise) person, but I honestly think this is a lot of stink for nothing. Yes, ideally more of our foods should be truly whole foods than processed foods. At the same time, I really don't think that green smoothies are anywhere near as bad for you as most of the foods that are considered a normal/usual part of the diet of the average American - including foods eaten by a lot of vegetarians and vegans.<br><br>
I usually like the Happy Herbivore, and I greatly admire Dr. Esselstyn and the others she mentions in that post, in this case though, there are much more pertinent things to focus on in the way of dietary reforms.
 

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I think that post was a load a bull...and said so in the comments!<br><br>
1. There is no way you burn 100 calories just chewing. It's totally ridiculous. If that was true, I'd chew on a straw or something and forgo my five mile run!<br>
2. Unless you blend your smoothie so long that it heats up, nutrients aren't damaged by cutting - chemical changes (such as cooking) affect things like that, not physical changes. At the most you could say the fiber is reduced by being blended so finely...and the answer to that is to blend it a little chunky!<br>
3. She kept saying that it's consuming a high calorie food quickly - I don't know what she puts in her smoothies, but mine aren't ridiculously high in calories! I can't drink them quickly, either - it's not like a soda. If you're concerned about the calories in your smoothie, simply adjust your ingredients - or go outside for a walk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Calories from fresh fruits and vegetables and things like almond/rice/etc. milk are GOOD for you. They aren't empty calories, they're full of awesome nutrients that your body needs to function at its best. It's not like you're having a milkshake.<br><br>
She mentioned certain doctors, but couldn't actually provide any research, and many parts of it (like above) could be easily ripped apart by simple logic or basic primary school science! While I generally like the doctors she referenced, let's face it - sometimes doctors give our horrible advice. After all, a lot of doctors would tell you to make sure to get your meat and especially dairy in...and we're not listening to that!<br><br>
There are just so many people who green smoothies have helped - if you read the comments, you'll see how many just in the people who posted - that I would rather believe the massive evidence of what good green smoothies do, then worry about one person saying they're bad, especially if their reasoning is so ridiculous.
 

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I read that post and all her comments and the links. From what I've read chewing your food is generally better then drinking it but a green smoothie is better then no greens at all. Another thing and what the McDougall board talks about is the fullness factor. If the fiber is ground up it's not as effective and keeping you full so you may get hungry sooner if your useing a green smoothie as a meal. On the high calorie factor they can be pretty high depending on what you put in it or they can be really reasonable. If you add a lot of fruit and other stuff like protein powder and nutt butters that can really add the calories. I have made one as a meal and I've really liked it. It's quite a few calories but I'm ok with that because my meals the rest of the day are lower in calories so it evens out. Plus I'm not a salad person or a cooked greens person so this was the only way I was getting any greens or fruit. I'm going to try salads with different dressings and try cooked greens in things like soups chopped really finely and see how that goes. Lastly they talked about how smoothies in general may not be a good idea for biabetics because the nutrients includeing sugar are released more quickly in to the blood streem so that may cause a spike in blood sugar. That was part of the reason I make them though is because they realease the nutrients quicly so your body can use them and they gave me an energy boost naturally. Bottum line I think it's up to the person to decide what's good for them and what's not. Another reason I'm trying salads and cooked greens this month is my smoothies were kinda exspensive on a limited budget but if I can't find a tasty salad dressing and or the cost of salad grenes and fruit for snacks cost as much or more then the smoothies I will probably go back.<br><br>
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thanks a lot everyone!<br>
I was thinking along the same lines and wanted to see what you guys thought. I for sure won't stop having my smoothies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Today I had a large spinach salad so all is good there too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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In my opinion a big smoothie in the morning is a GREAT way to start the day by pumping your body full of nice nutrients <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Although I don't do green smoothies, I am lost without my banana date smoothies in the morning!
 

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I have read that green smoothies are actually better at getting the nutrients out of greens than chewing the greens. Ofcourse there are many misconceptions about the raw diet and green smoothies in particular.<br><br>
Quote from Green for Life-Victoria Boutenko<br>
'in order to get nutrients from greens, every cell of the green leaf has to be ruptured. To get all of the nutrients from food by oral mastication, one would have to spend several hours a day chewing, and have extremely healthy teeth that are all in place, including wisdom teeth.'
 

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Well, I'm also fond of green smoothies. One recipe I have for a couple of months but now I want some<br>
change. Actually, I'm looking for some new recipe of green smoothies.<br>
Before it, I have one. Milk, frozen strawberries, skimmed milk, emulsifying agent and like that. Just blend<br>
and smoothie is ready.
 
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