Dr Ann Wigmore
_Ask juice experts and smoothie experts this question and they
will extol the virtues of their bias in a convincing fashion, enough
that you begin to go down either pathway with confidence. However, is one method better than the other? The main pro-juice argument is that the absence of fibre provides easy assimilation of
concentrated nutrients straight into the bloodstream with little
digestion required. The other side of this debate is that the presence
of fibre in smoothies is the unique selling point.
The late Dr. Ann Wigmore, a nutritional pioneer, advocated a diet that was 70 percent blended smoothies and 30 percent other living foods. She lived an extremely healthy and fit life, and reportedly had no grey hair. Best-selling author Steve Meyerowitz, “the sprout man.” teaches that consuming fresh juices conserves the body’s digestive energy, so more energy can be spent on healing. Interestingly Ann Wigmore said the very same thing. They both speak of pre-digestion and the provision of a high level of nutrition from their preferred drink.
Chia seeds - rich in insoluble fibre
_Juices do not contain fibre, so their nutrients are absorbedvery quickly, high in the digestive tract. The job of the digestive system is to break down foods so they can be absorbed, but with juices there’s nothing to break down. No chewing is needed and little or no digestive energy is required. Smoothies are essentially
juices with blended fibre—and it is the presence of fibre in smoothies that proponents of the drinks point to as their main virtue.
There are two types of fibre in foods: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fibre is the roughage that keeps a person from getting constipated and helps to control the pH (acid-alkaline balance) in the intestines. Both of these functions are extremely important when it comes to preventing bowel and colon cancers. Soluble fibre attaches itself to LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins, considered the “bad” cholesterol), removing it from the body via the intestines. In addition, it helps to bulk up the stools
and keep them soft. Soluble fibre also helps maintain blood sugar levels by prolonging stomach emptying time; thus it’s beneficial in maintaining energy and in helping regulate blood sugar disorders such as diabetes.
Neither type of fibre is absorbed by the body; after serving its purpose in the digestive tract, fibre is excreted in faeces. Insoluble fibre—found in particularly high levels in green leafy vegetables, for example—is broken down into smaller pieces, but it passes through the intestines essentially intact on a molecular level without being used for energy or nutrition. Soluble fibre, rich in foods such as flax and chia seeds, forms a gel in water and also passes through the digestive system without being absorbed.
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