I found this extremely interesting thank you for sharing.
Its sounds to me like the biggest problem comes from the issue of not CHEWING your liquids.
You can't CHEW liquid. You can swill it about in your mouth, you can drink it slowly rather than quickly, but you cannot CHEW it, whatever some people in the raw food world would have you believe!
I've heard Freelee suggest chewing your smoothies. I also like to eat some whole foods with my smoothies. So if I have a green smoothie I will also eat a few whole bananas along with it.
I think that the points are probably true and of value, however, since I dont have time to chew 2500-3000 calories of fruit every day while being a student, wife, worker and taking care of my needs (exercise sleep blah blah) so smoothies for a big part of calories is a compromise I make. If you have the time and dedication to do all the chewing, sounds good, but unless someone has serious underlying issues with blood sugar or something, I dont think it matters that much in the great scheme of things.
Once I am able to become my own boss and work out of my home, I can dispense with all the smoothies and eat when I want. It is tough when you work somewhere, have to be there at a certain time, and work without a lunch break. Also, I don't think I would have been able to fill up on 5000 cals today to fuel the 25 mile bike ride without the blender unless I was perfectly organized. Last year in Ecuador, I didn't have a blender and ate huge fruit meals whenever I wanted; but I also wasn't working 9-5.
Fruit meals need to be made more convenient for some of us!
I completely agree with your statement. Chewing 3000 calories can take up a lot of time! I'd much rather drink it for convenience.
you need a lunch break man! that is insane not to be able to stop and eat
Have to agree with Lea, you don't burn 100 cal by chewing. The average person burns 100 kcal's by running 1 mile. It would take some serious chewing to equal that kind of energy expenditure.
In the article it mentions the digestion process would be easier on blended food. Perhaps more energy is required to break down chewed food over food that has been blended into smitherines
"and then the digestive process of chewed food vs. predigested food"
I can't validate that statement, just saying it could be higher...
Let's pretend for a second that the 100 cal statement is true (which I don't think it is). Isn't that a good thing for us? Doesn't that mean it would make it EASIER to get enough calories every day if we made smoothies?
Considering that the Happy Herbivore promotes 1200 calorie meal plans, it doesn't surprise me that she worries about the calories burned while chewing a salad instead of drinking it.