Green Smoothies Controversy

spinach smoothie with peaches

Oh, for gods sake!   Now a slew of people are posting negatives about green smoothies.  Many of the comments questioned the conclusion that blending foods is somehow dangerous and these comments made more sense than the articles.

After reading a dozen or so of these, I came upon an article by Tracy Russell that offers a perspective that  makes sense to me:  

http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/why-green-smoothies-will-not-devastate-your-health/

How can it be bad to substitute a smoothie with greens and veggies and fruit for the god-awful stuff people usually eat!  

Dr. Thomas M. Campbell (on the T. Colin Campbell website) doesn’t recommend smoothies, but he did say this about them:

“Do I hate all smoothies all the time? Of course not. I know green smoothie consumers who put all the vegetables or fruits they eat for their entire day into the smoothie. Without the smoothie, they likely won’t consume any fruits or vegetables. Replacing the smoothie with a fast food egg and bacon sandwich is a dubious proposition, so I don’t always push hard to get rid of the smoothies.”

Dr Caldwell Esselstyn mocks and knocks the use of smoothies, but Dr.Joel Furhman seems to disagree as he includes smoothie recipes and calls them blended salads.

Another take on the controversy:  

http://www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_healthy_long_life/2012/01/smoothie-controversy.html

Let’s see what all the bad food is now:  meat, eggs, fish, chicken, dairy, sugar, beans, lack of beans, processed food, rice, fruit, starchy food, blended food, cold food, salads, anything cooked, anything not cooked, microwaved foods, boiled greens, raw greens, potatoes, lack of potatoes, oil, lack of oil, etc, etc, etc.

AARRGGHHH!  I get that animal protein is not ideal (and even that is questioned by some) and refined sugar is off the charts bad, but beyond that, I am not convinced.  The focus on every teeny aspect of food is disconcerting.   Can it be true that you will be ill  if you prepare your food incorrectly, or cook it too much or too little,  or combine it  incorrectly or even look at it sideways?  I understand that you may ingest more nutrients one way or another, but, seriously, it’s a wonder anyone is still alive and happy in this world!

Comments, anyone?  Tell me something good!

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