Cindy: I think we talked about it before but it definitely bears repeating, especially for newer people, that you pointed that there is a huge difference between blended food like making any kind of juices or liquid in a blender versus say a juicer –
Dr. Clement: Well, the objective of taking a juice is to eliminate the fiber so that even a person with a very difficult digestion, elimination and somebody who’s endured radiation or chemotherapy, they have a difficult time ingesting or digesting nutrients. So in all of the above cases I mentioned, you want juices because in 20 minutes, 15-20 minutes, in the worst cases, those nutrients have now been absorbed into the body.
Whereas, blended food, when we had a colleague test it for me, within a minute and a half – that’s 90 seconds – you lose approximately 90% of the nutrients through oxidation. And then you have to contend with fiber that once again has to be interacting with the enzymes that only come through chewing, mastication.
And if that hasn’t happened, when you eat, or rather, drink this roughage, it goes through the areas that should be interacting without interacting, then it sits like a lead balloon inside of your intestinal tract and starts to ferment. So not a great idea.
Cindy: I know I learned that from you at the institute, there’s a huge difference between juicing and blending and some people think even eliminating the food and making vegetables liquefied that it’s somehow helping them. But from what you’re saying, it’s not…
Dr. Clement: Well, there are two reasons for this. Some of the major advocates of blending are people who sell blenders, and they have the public believing, well, you need roughage and so you’ve got to put all the roughage in there into my expensive blender because that way, you’re going to get it.
Now, what we do know in real science, not salesmanship, is that 80% of carbohydrates digest in the human mouth, and how they digest is through mastication, through chewing. And so if that is not being achieved, then a person cannot and will not digest that food. The second reason is that there’s misinformation being written about it that said that Ann Wigmore decided to take blended food because she thought it was better for people.
The reason Ann Wigmore began taking blended food was twofold. #1, because she had colon cancer, she had an inability to go to the bathroom on her own. So every single day of her life, she literally had to do enemas and implants. And #2, she saw the cost factor of making juices were astronomically higher than the cost factor of putting things into blender. And God bless her loving soul but as an Eastern European [being very frugal], the cost factor became more of an issue than anything else for her.
So the idea that there was some real science done on this and that Ann Wigmore basically decided after science that blended food was good is completely off base. I was there at the time. It was cost and her own personal problem with elimination that drove her to blended foods.