Unfortunately, blending is sometimes given a bad rap because of misinformation. So let's take a moment to set the record straight about some key blending myths once and for all.
1. Chewing foods is better for your digestive system
The reason we chew food is to break it down so it is easier to swallow and digest. Your blender does the chewing for you, releasing healthy enzymes, nutrients and natural minerals for faster absorption into your body.
In addition, adding blended foods to your diet doesn’t mean you need to cut out solid foods completely. Far from it! In fact, there are some healthy solid foods, such as chicken breast or seafood that would be really unappetizing in blended beverages.
2. A quality blender is super expensive
Blenders range in price from around $20 to well over $1,000. Throughout that broad price range, there are a lot of high-quality blenders that offer a good mix of value, versatility and functionality. You do not have to spend more than you are comfortable with to enjoy the many health benefits of blending.
3. A store-bought smoothie is just as healthy as one I blend at home
Did you know that the main ingredient in most retail smoothies is artificial apple juice and pineapple juice? To keep costs down and profits up, smoothie stores buy cheap, artificially flavored beverages, often times with an extremely high sugar content, to make the basis for your allegedly healthy smoothie. At home, you choose exactly which natural ingredients you use to blend your own delicious and healthy beverages.
4. Juicing is healthier than blending
Juicing and blending are both healthy practices. As we mentioned earlier, blending trumps juicing in one very important way: Blending retains the healthy dietary fiber lost in the juicing process.
5. The heat from the blender motor kills healthy enzymes in food
Enzymes do not die unless they are overheated. Food must reach a temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit before enzymes are destroyed. This does not occur in most blending situations. Just be sure to never “over blend,” which means limiting blending time for leafy greens and other delicate fruits and vegetables.