Benefits of a Blended Salad

by Rob on April 3, 2008

How effectively do we absorb the protein in green vegetables?

Even ingested meats are poorly penetrated by digestive enzymes when they are inadequately chewed and swallowed in small chunks. By contrast, when you consume a blended salad, you are assuring a thorough digestion of the plant protein. Ninety- eight percent of all the proteins will be broken down into amino acids or very small peptides, and absorption will be almost complete as well. As a result, you absorb almost all the protein in the raw greens, instead of losing so much. No one chews well enough to break down food this well.

Besides increasing the protein and micro nutrient absorption and availability, blending a salad generally increases the amount of raw greens a person consumes

Approximately fifty percent of your digested and absorbed protein (amino acids) comes from ingested food, about twenty-five percent from protein in digestive juices that are absorbed,and twenty-five percent from desquamated mucosal cells (cells that have sloughed off the lining of the digestive tract). If adequately chewed or broken down, only about two-to-five percent of protein consumed escapes digestion and absorption.

Besides increasing the protein and micro nutrient absorption and availability, blending a salad generally increases the amount of raw greens a person consumes. Many people have trouble eating six-to sixteen ounces of leafy greens daily, the amount usually recommended in my diets. Eating this quantity of raw blended greens is quite easy. Most people who try them find blended salads to be delicious and really look forward to this portion of the diet.

When would you most likely recommend a blended salad? Some people have difficulty digesting large quantities of roughage when they first switch to a high-phytochemical, natural, plant-based diet. These individuals can solve their problems with gas and bloating by blending their salads before eating them. For example, patients with Crohn’s disease or colitis often do not tolerate raw salad well, but blended salads can offer these individuals the benefits of this high nutrient food source, without the negative effects of the roughage. Those who have difficulty chewing also can benefit from blended salads.

The high-nutrient availability of blended salads aids those recovering from illness, and helps normalize immune function in those suffering from asthma, allergies, and other immune system disorders

The high-nutrient availability of blended salads aids those recovering from illness, and helps normalize immune function in those suffering from asthma, allergies, and other immune system disorders. Those with added nutritional requirements—such as nursing mothers and Athletes—find that blended salads can be used to increase milk supply and athletic performance.

Those interested in maximizing weight loss in a healthful manner can use blended salads to increase their consumption of greens before meals.This will supply them with a dynamite nutrient punch while at the same time providing satiety to prevent over-eating on the higher calorie foods that follow.

High-performance athletes or those interested in gaining weight can mix nuts and seeds into their blended salads. This combination supplies healthful sources of protein and fat in an efficiently absorbed, high-nutrient package.

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