Originally published March 7 2008
Victoria Boutenko - How Green Smoothies Can Improve Overall Health
by Kevin Gianni
(NaturalNews) This is an excerpt from Victoria Boutenko's interview for the Raw Summit, a complete interview encyclopedia of cutting edge living and raw food knowledge. You can find the complete transcripts and audios at (http://www.RawSummitArchives.com) and (www.RawSummitArchives.com) . In this excerpt, Victoria reveals what she learned during her study on green smoothies and how they can boost digestion as well as improve overall health.
Raw Food World Summit Interview Excerpt with Victoria Boutenko
Kevin Gianni: So tell me a little about your research with green smoothies.
Victoria Boutenko: I started to do research about what humans have been eating and what I discovered, and I placed that in my latest book that's called 12 Steps to Raw Foods, the 2nd Edition. The discovery is that we actually stopped eating greens as a main dish only 180 years ago. One hundred eighty (180) years ago, we were eating lots of greens every single day. What happened 180 years ago was the industrial progress started and there were several inventions 180 years ago, right at the same time refining of sugar was invented by an English chemist. And then a Swiss miller at the same time invented a metal grinder for the mill and he was able to make white bread, white pasta and this was so easy and so cheap that those factories started to grow like mushrooms everywhere.
And then Napoleon decided to go on a war and conquer the world, but his soldiers had to have food. And I have read lots of anthropological books and historical research and I found out that 180 years ago, like 200 years ago, people were really hungry. There was not enough food and everybody was working all summer long collecting, gathering, preparing food for the winter. There was no refrigeration. They would just dig a cellar and put there whatever they could, dried fish, dried grapes, dried mushrooms, dried apples. And people were in the winter eating every other day because they didn't have enough food. And they would eat molded, spoiled, fermented, it doesn't matter. There was just not enough food and lots of people died in the winter.
So, imagine when Napoleon went to war, his soldiers didn't have food and he announced a huge sum of money as a reward to somebody who could come up with the idea of how to survive without food. And so, then the French chef came out with the canning process, the very first cans took six hours to make and they would last for over a year. That was such a big invention that it was embraced by everybody. Within several years, the process of canning reduced from six hours to 30 minutes.
And now these new cans – the tin foil cans were able to keep more than two years - could be fish, could be meat, and could be vegetables. That was a revolution in the food industry. Everybody was happy. The government was happy. There were no more dead people in the street in the winter. The people were happy they didn't have to dig cellars and prepare food and they had a backup plan.
The merchants were happy. They were making tons of money and at that time there was a turning point. Before that, the humanity was mostly eating raw food and I have lots of proof of that – mostly raw food because they were scarce of fuel. Their only fuel was wood and not everybody could afford to have a stone house. Or not everybody could even afford to have a pot to boil and they just really didn't care. They were hungry. They were not eating for pleasure. They were eating for survival.
Victoria: But at this time, as long as you have a can opener and a few pennies, you could just buy a food.
So, people stopped eating what they were eating before and they were eating now white bread preserved confection. Instantly, there were four diseases formed that never existed in such quantities before that resulted from eating predominantly cooked food. There were rickets, scurvy, pellagra, and beriberi.
Beriberi and pellagra are poly-vitamin deficiency. And cancer, you can find descriptions before like single cases in history. In 1900, huge number of people died from cancer. Sixty-four (64) people per 100,000 that's a huge number. Suddenly, and then in 100 years it tripled. The number tripled in 100 years. That never happened before in humanity that degenerative disease resulted from lacking of nutrition. So, what happened, the malnourished mothers gave birth to malnourished children – the whole generation and these children were never even introduced to dandelions and plantain, or any of greens. They were introduced to the can opener.
And so, now we could see with our own eyes, you and I, we could observe how the health is really falling apart. Like, when I was in school we had only one girl who had glasses and we had only one girl who was obese. And now you go to school, you see that half of the children in the class wear glasses, they have pimples, they have braces, they are obese and some of them have asthma, some of them have arthritis, some of them have cancer.
Victoria: So, what can we do to undo the damage? I personally think it's obvious that nothing could be better than consuming greens and nothing could be faster than consuming blended greens because this way the body stimulates the most. And as people begin to consume blended greens that Ann Wigmore discovered years ago, the only downfall of her blended greens were that they were not very palatable. But, they worked.
She was able to reverse cancer. She was the first one who really would major in that, that's really a tribute - you have to pay tribute for that. So, there could be nothing than blended greens and whoever is doing this, they do have results. And this is wonderful. Isn't this great?
Kevin: That's amazing.
Victoria: Yes. And like here in Ashland, Oregon where I live now, they sell blended greens in every household store, every juice bar, in some restaurants. You can just go and buy different smoothies.
Victoria: And, it's so easy.
Kevin: It's just an amazing concept and actually pretty easy to add into your diet as long as you have a blender, right?
Victoria: Yes. We actually did one study which we called, Roseburg Study. Well, for one month Dr. Paul Fieber was prescribing to 27 of his patients who were low on hydrochloric acid and they have been taking hydrochloric acid pills for years with every snack. From 16 years old to 80 plus years old for one month they were adding one quart of freshly made green smoothies that my family delivered to them everyday fresh. To their existing diet, we specifically emphasized they do not change their diet to raw food diet. We didn't want to see what raw food diet makes to that. We wanted just to the results of these green smoothies. And after one month, they improved. Their hydrochloric acid recovered 68.6%.
Victoria: Which allowed them to absorb better nutrition and in addition to recovering their hydrochloric acid, the younger ones in that group didn't have to take hydrochloric acid ever.
Victoria: In addition to that, they reported that they also have taken the hypertension medication and headache medication, and insomnia pills, and some of them lost weight, some who wanted to gain, gained weight. Seven out of 27 reported improved sexual performance, and other things. Amazing! Like, one woman, for example, she prays that she stopped craving coffee because now she had so much nutrition in her diet because of the green smoothie that she didn't really want any – she lost cravings to unhealthy foods.
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