Just for the record, Dr. Campbell is NOT against green smoothies. I asked him and he said he was misunderstood by the blogger (Lindsay@happyherbivore.com) who said otherwise. He clarified that he was suggesting to her that it's not a good idea to have a diet that is ONLY green smoothies! He elaborated that as few people would only consume green smoothies and nothing else, the subject really isn't an issue for most people. He believes that chewing your food is important to increase enzyme production. In general, he is fine with green smoothies, as long as the diet also includes other foods that are being consumed by chewing. He confirmed this with me last night at the University of Pennsylvania, prior to a lecture he gave at the Irvine Auditoreum. He also confirmed that Dr. Esselstyn is more rigid on this subject and does think that green smoothies is a bad idea. Having spoken to Dr. Esselstyn in the past, I do know that he is much more hardcore and rigid on the subject of diet. I love the guy, but there is a difference between him and Campbell in terms of flexibility. I love them both, but as Campbell remarked during his lecture last night, no two people will agree on everything.
interesting to note though, both of them also drink! :O ~ as he said and you've reiterated, "no two people will agree on everything."
great add to the thread. thank you :)
Welcome! As for "both of them also drink", are you referring to alcohol?
Campbell did say that the biggest argument against green smoothies is that chewing is required (or helpful?) in the production of enzymes. By drinking, rather than chewing, the foods don't have a long enough time interacting with one's own saliva.
Yeah -- as a Mama of a busy two year old I must drink smoothies.
I tried to eat and chew the food. I ended up under carbed and grumpy.
Also, our main goal is to eat a lot. They seem worried about drinking too many of their calories. If I can get in 800 calories quickly I am having a good day.
Chew your juice and drink your food is an old saying, you can chew juice but careful with your teeth, the chewing action promotes the secretion of saliva therefore helps digestion, peronally I do not agree with mechanical juicing as this takes out the essential fibre, and blending is not as bad as the fibre remains- a better way to get your calories in on a busy day.
I agree with the idea of chewing your smoothie, all day long. The idea being that if you chug it, you are missing out on all kinds of minerals, vitamins, etc., but that if you swish it around in your mouth till it's room temperature, kinda warm in your mouth, then it's ready to be swallowed and is easily digested, in my experience! I love smoothies, my juicer sits unused as I am too on the fence about whether it is such a good idea to juice. However, I wonder if it would be good for my meat and potatoes ( though green smoothie-lovin) hysband would benefit from juicing? It seems, with regards to health, it's all kind of relative- how could fresh-squeezed oj or a fresh-squeeezed green juice be bad for him? Hmmmm..