Green Juice or Green Smoothies. Which is Better? Or, Which is Worse?
When I put up my post the other day about the juicing that I have been doing, I got back a good number of responses from people via email and Twitter that they are doing green smoothies as well.
Just to clarify, a green smoothie is made by a blender instead of a juicer. An example would be blending kale, spinach, avocados, celery and water, and then drinking it all.
The main reason why people prefer a green smoothie over a green juice is that they want the fiber. A green smoothie retains all of the fiber, and fiber is very important for elimination.
Victoria Boutenko, a household name in the raw food world, is a huge advocate of green smoothies. She has written books about green smoothies and documents how they have transformed lives. Victoria Boutenko also believes that all fruits and vegetables can be combined.
Dr. Brian Clement, another household name in the raw food world and Co-Director of Hippocrates Health Institute, thinks that green smoothies are very unhealthy.
As someone who has treated tens of thousands of cancer patients, Dr. Brian Clement believes that smoothies bypass the chewing process, an essential component of digestion. He also thinks that fruits and vegetables should never be combined.
Food combining is something that I subscribe to and will get into at another time.
I saw Dr. Brian Clement speak recently here in NYC at an event at Organic Avenue and was very impressed with what he had to say. A disciple of Ann Wigmore, the founder of the wheatgrass movement, Dr. Brian Clement believes in juicing – wheatgrass, sprouts and green vegetables.
My Take: While I disagree with some things she writes in her book, Victoria Boutenko did open my eyes to many elements of health.
Nevertheless, I no longer make green smoothies for myself anymore. I strictly do juicing.
I believe the key to health is to never stop learning and improving. At the end of the day, people need to do their own research and make the decision about what is best for them — whether this has to do with juicing vs. smoothies or anything else.
The video of Dr. Brian Clement is just one perspective that I thought was worth sharing.