i am not a raw mama (i do try to eat many raw foods and dishes though, but i still love hot vegetable soups and a steak every now and then), so please forgive me if i am butting in, but i have a question:
i want give my dd as much raw and nutritious food as possible. i thought i would start with fluids. she loves to drink water and i was thinking 20oz a day of water is a good amount (she is 20 months tomorrow). she also likes rooibos tea, but i'm going to give her the weleda nursing mothers tea and/or nettle tea instead (we don't add any milk or sugar/sweetner to tea), about 4oz a day. i also wanted to give her some green vegetable and garlic or onion juice (she loves raw garlic and onion), about 4oz a day too.
anyway, i was confused about the whole juicing at low speed versus blending thing. i've heard that juicing at a low speed preserves the vitamins and minerals, and then when i went on that site rawfoodadvantage.com it basically states the opposite - that a blender be used for maximum benefit because juicers don't juice out the phytochemicals. i tried blending some pears and kiwi tonight and i notice that they turn brown very quickly, probably because of the high speed (which causes oxidation) and it makes me think that blending at high speed indeed denatures vitamins and minerals.
so what do you mama's think? are there any studies comparing low speed juicers to powerful blenders? and do vegetables and fruits blended with a high power motor taste very gritty? mine did even at the highest speed but i just have a braun, not a vitamix or anything.
i'm off to make some raw vegan gazpacho soup for dinner.