Diet Benefits

There are many diet benefits associated with blending food. Eating blended food can help you lose weight and make you feel stronger mentally and physically. Blending food is a great way to help you realize the diet benefits of a proper diet because blending food makes it possible to extract the maximum nutrients from food, with very little time or effort.

Quick Nutrition

Time – Time is a valuable asset, and many people don’t have enough of it to make sure they’re receiving adequate diet benefits from their diet. Planning meals and cooking food takes a lot of time. On the other hand, a smoothie or blended soup in the morning takes only minutes to create. You can easily get 3 or 4 servings of vegetables – and their associated diet benefits – before lunch with little or no fat or cholesterol.

Preparation – Prepare fresh foods the night before blending, or use frozen foods for added convenience and equivalent diet benefits. Frozen foods require little or no preparation and are reported to have superior diet benefits compared to their fresh counterparts. This could be due to the fact that they’re frozen at the peak of freshness. Frozen foods are also likely to be vine ripened before they’re frozen. Fresh or frozen – They’re both fast to prepare, and similar in diet benefits.

Clean Up – Cleaning your blender is easy – as long as you do it immediately after using it. It literally takes 10 seconds to adequately rinse your blender for storage. This is where you can really save time.

Vitamins from Food

It’s a good idea to take a daily vitamin supplement. Pills are convenient and easy to take, and they contain many vitamins and nutrients required for a proper diet. But taking supplements has its drawbacks. The pills and the vitamins they contain aren’t always easy for the body to absorb. Supplements can also have confusing dosage recommendations, fillers, binders, and synthetic ingredients that aren’t the same as the ingredients they replace.

Conversely, deriving vitamins through blended whole foods is far more efficient. They body is very good at pulling nutrition directly from foods. This efficiency increases even more when the food is blended; cell walls are broken, releasing nutrition that might have passed through the body untouched. Blending your food has the health benefit of avoiding the nutrient destroying process of cooking. Cooked food is fine, but at the very least a certain amount of fresh food should make it in your daily diet for maximum diet benefits.

Increased Fiber

The diet benefits of increased fiber in your diet are well documented. Adequate fiber intake can result in diet benefits, weight loss, and relief from constipation and other problems with digestion. A diet with adequate fiber is believed to help prevent heart disease, cancer, diabetes, diverticular disease and gall stones and kidney stones.
But how many people get their recommended daily dose of fiber? With fiber supplements it’s not as challenging as you’d think. Fiber isn’t absorbed by the body, so fiber supplements work well. But fiber supplements can be expensive and can cause gas and bloating. Blending fruits and vegetables creates food that contain large amounts of fiber. It’s natural, free and easy. You can easily get an maximum amount of diet benefits from fiber by blending food.

Less Fat

Most people realize that fat is high in calories and some fats are very bad for your health (i.e. saturated fats). If your goals are weight control and good health, controlling the amount of your fat in your diet is essential. Blended fruits and vegetable have the health benefit of having virtually no fat. When you add fat to a blended recipe, you can almost always opt for a healthy fat (i.t. polyunsaturated). Also, many blended recipes have a  taste and mouth feel that mimics the properties of heavy cream or cheese.

More Greens

The vast majority of people could improve their diet by eating more fresh greens. They’re packed with nutritional diet benefits and they’re very low in calories. Beet, collard, dandelion, mustard and turnip greens all have 30 calories per cup. Kale, a super food, has a mere 32 calories per cup!

Many of the greens, such as kale, mustard greens and turnip greens are bitter when eaten raw. You can cook the greens to make them more palatable, but then you lose some of the diet benefits of eating raw foods. So how do get those bitter greens down while they’re still raw?
Blend them with some fruit. It’s amazing how the taste of bitter greens hides in a smoothie or soup. And not only do greens blended with fruit (i.e. green smoothies) taste great, but they’re extremely easy to eat and jam packed with diet benefits. You won’t need to worry about how you’re going to chew all those veggies any more.

11 Responses to Diet Benefits

  1. Excellent review. Blended foods in small quantities allows for maximum absorption of nutrients. Large quantities of blended foods could stimulate rapid oxidation creating foods with poor nutrient value and less absorption capability. Read the Millenium Diet, the Practical Guide for Rapid Weight Loss for a more complete analysis.

  2. EDDIE APPIATENG says:

    Is it true that blending fruits and veggies can cause oxidation, and for that matter dangerous to your health? Other are suggesting juicers instead of blenders but juicers are very expensive. Please what’s your take on this?

  3. ggrieser says:

    Blending food certainly exposes the food to oxygen. The question is how fast does exposure to oxygen, at levels created by blending, harm the nutritional value of the blended food. There is little scientific evidence available on the Web that answers this question. People who think blending is bad imagine the process as very fast, even instantaneous. While easily imagined, this could easily be misguided.

    A few points:

    There is no discoloration and no noticeable change in taste immediately after food is blended. The change is obvious only after a day or two, likely due to oxidation.

    Baby food is blended and babies thrive. Not only is their food blended, but it’s also packaged in jars for extended periods of time. Other people that depend on blended food also thrive.

    Different nutrients likely react very differently to exposure to oxygen.

    Juicing is fine. I imagine it’s very similar to blending concerning changes in nutrition. Juicing obviously loses some of the fiber that blending retains, and this might or might not be an issue in someone’s diet. But to say that one is better than the other is simply an entertaining theory until it’s been proven through scientific means. It certainly takes a leap of faith to believe when you look at the problem objectively. I hope this helps.

  4. CC McClure says:

    I love blending fruits and veggies! It taste great and keeps me full for longer periods of time and it also keeps me from snacking.

    • ggrieser says:

      The biggest thing is to keep it up, make it part of your routine. Also, make smaller blends more often. You don’t want to feel obligated to gulp down an enormous smoothie every time you make one. That can be expensive. And really large smoothies can have a significant amount of calories. You can over do it just like with any other food.

  5. my boyfriend blend all his food, but he smoke is that healthy?

  6. Tania Cardera says:

    A glass of pure fruit juice, bananas, yoghurt, low-calorie muesli with semi skimmed or skimmed milk, fresh fruit salad with few spoonfuls of low fat yoghurt, fresh and raw veggies mixed with flavoured yoghurt, a slice of toast or plain bread with eggs, boiled or poached are some of the options for breakfast. Kids can enjoy a Smoothie with their favourite fruits; add dash of yoghurt or honey to make it more delicious.`

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  7. Jamie says:

    Love this website. Thanks for the info. My husband and I tried our first blend today. We are excited and going to the store to get more fruits and veggies. Here’s to the start of a new life.

  8. susan njoroge says:

    i have tried all types of diet and exercises with no much results,two months now am into smoothies completely,my stomach damn fine,no bloating or gas,no cravings or hunger pangs,and funny enough I had insomnia before,but now I don’t know if its the smoothies as now I feel much relaxed and I get enough sleep,sleep like a baby.

    I haven’t lost much weight but I have seen a difference

    • ggrieser says:

      I think one of the most notable benefits to drinking smoothies is how it makes you feel. It’s hard to understand unless you’ve tried it. I have much more energy throughout the day, and just about everyone I’ve talked to has experienced the same thing. As far as weight loss goes, make sure you’re aware of how many calories are in your smoothies. Always consider the caloric impact of the ingredients you’re using and serving size. (I have a problem with the latter usually).

    • ggrieser says:

      I tell people it’s a life changing experience, but they can only understand when they experience it themselves. For me, it also gives me tremendous energy. An alert, natural energy. Maybe it’s the b vitamins?

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