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Vita Mix Soup Heat And Raw Food Diets

Reader Question: When making raw soup in a

">Vitamix Blender, you can blend the ingredients so long that they start to heat up and steam.

Vitamix advertises this as a feature, but it's not really raw, right?

Are the enzymes destroyed if you run the machine until the mixture starts to steam?


Andrew's Answer:

If you blend foods long enough in a Vitamix they will be heated, possibly to the point of them being nutritionally damaged.

The blades turn so fast that they generate friction, and the heat produced by that friction will cook the food. In five minutes you can make a "raw soup" hot enough to emit steam.

Can such food be considered part of a raw food diet?

When you blend a food to any degree, you're taking it out of it's natural state and altering its nutrient balance, no matter what temperature is reached.

Oxidation will occur, for instance, which damages certain nutrients. But oxidation also happens on a smaller scale when we chew foods. It's all a matter of degree.

Vitamix Soup Heat

The same is true for heating. There is no one temperature at which we can declare a food no longer raw, but rather a spectrum of damage.

Your concern over enzymes is not particularly relevant, as our body is quite capable of digesting food whether or not the enzymes in said food are intact. There are several exceptions to this, but it's still a matter of contention and ongoing study among nutritional researchers.

The more relevant issue is nutrient degradation.

The application of heat heavily damages the nutrient content of a food.

If you're heating your soup to the point where steam is coming off of it, you've probably already done quite a bit of damage, but giving any sort of hard numbers would be challenging.

Personally, I try to eat most of my food whole, and don't try to heat my food.

I love my Vitamix, but I wouldn't use it to heat anything.

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