I just blended myself a vegetable shake which consisted of...
1/3 cup of milk
1/4 cup of vegetable juice
2-3 handfuls of fresh spinach
what i'm wondering is whether or not BLENDING THE VEGETABLES will make it lose its nutritional value. this is a question for the experts with real knowledge on this stuff. so will it? i'm planning to drink these more often when i go to costco and buy the HUGE bag of spinach so i can get my daily nutritional value in.
Thread: Vegetable shakes
08-10-2010, 11:49 AM #1
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08-10-2010, 09:01 PM #3
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First, o_O @ milk in vegetable juice.
But second, unless you heat it first, you will not lose any nutritional value by just blending it. Unless your blender generates a large amount of heat, the heat from the blades is not enough to cook out anything good. The fact that you would be using cold milk also helps deter this.
Some blended veggie drinks involve cooking certain parts of the food for a smoother texture, but that gets rid of some of the goodness that whole veggies give you.
Also, you might want to add in some extra parsley, it is an excellent diuretic.
Also, if you have irregularity problems, you can always add high fiber veggies into it also, or maybe fiber powder.
Personally, the only non-whole food I buy is canned tomato for the sake of time.
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08-10-2010, 09:04 PM #4
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Losing nutrients from blending?
The blades will not do damage on the molecular level and will therefore not change the nutritional make-up of whatever you are blending.
Heating reduces nutritional value because the heat will degrade (destroy) the nutrients to the point that they are no longer useful for the body. But you don't have to worry about that happening from a blender.
Enjoy that crazy/healthy shake.
08-10-2010, 09:40 PM #5