Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trying to Decide Between A Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja or Nutrabullet? Here Are My Thoughts

As a health advocate and teacher (one of the definitions of the word ‘Doctor’ means a learned or authoritative teacher) patients, friends and friends of friends approach me regularly regarding nutrition. What should I eat? What shouldn't I eat? Is this or that  good for me? And inevitably, when it comes to nutrition I’m often asked about juicing, smoothies and what’s the best blender or juicer I should get.

My Machine-The Vitamix 5200
Over the past year or so I’ve been watching infomercials pop up on television purporting the virtues of XYZ blender and ALWAYS comparing it to the Vitamix.  Now, I’m gonna tell you straight up, I’m biased. After I got married in over 20 years ago, one of the things we purchased was a Vitamix. Why? Because I always believed whole foods were better to eat than foods that had the juices extracted from them.

As I studied nutrition, turns out I was right. Not that there isn’t a place for fresh juice, but with juice as opposed to blended whole foods, you’re missing out on some valuable nutrition.  As such, Vitamix was my choice. Because a couple of my food experiments were a bit harsh (maybe a lot harsh) on the Vitamix, after 18 years, we purchased a second Vitamix. Yes, I’m a big fan. To be able to take veggies and frozen berries and blend them into a smooth liquid is the fastest way for me to get some incredibly dense nutrition into my body and absorbed.
That being said, I’ve had some recent encounters with the Nutribullet, Blendtec and Ninja Turbo blenders that prompted me to write this post. Why? Because they’re all lying to you about the Vitamix.

The reason why the Vitamix is such a great blender is because of the ultra-high blade speed. In an infomercial promoting the Ninja to the Vitamix, they kept stating the Ninja has the same blade speed as the Vitamix. 24,000 rpm. But here’s the thing about the Ninja. That’s all it has. Yes, the motor is a bit more powerful in watts, but the Vitamix has higher amperage.  Oh, one other very important thing (sit back, I’m about to expose the Ninja infomercial’s cover-up . All you have to do on the Vitamix is flip the switch to the high speed setting and the Vitamix trounces the Ninja’s palrty 24, 000 and raising them to 37,000 rpms. Along with the Ninja, the Vitamix also trounces the Blendtec’s 28,000 rpms, the Omega blender’s 27,500 rpms and the New Nutrabullet 900’s 25,000 rpms.

And here’s why the added blade speed is important. Skins and seeds. If you’ve tried making smoothies with berries, kale, chard, broccoli, ginger, turmeric, black radish and beets like I do, you’ll need the higher blade speed to pulverize the skins, seeds and dense fiber. Otherwise, as I’ve experience with the Blendtec, Ninja and Nutribullet, you’ll end up doing the drinking-chew with your smoothie. 

The added blade speed on the Vitamix makes it the king of all smoothie makers because it takes skins, seeds and dense fibrous veggies and blends them into a smooth liquid. No chewing necessary.

And for all those infomercial clowns that find it so awkward to use the tamper stick, how the hell do you drive a car or use a cell phone? It’s a stick for crying out loud? Seriosly? I make nut butters in my Vitamix and do so with much less oil and end up with a much smoother end product than any of the other machines can because of the tamper.
So if you’re on the fence about which high speed blender to get, the others may have a more powerful motor or funny infomercial, but the people at Vitamix have engineered a more efficient motor that delivers what you need to pulverize the fruits and veggies to get to the vital nutrients-blade speed.  Until another blender exceeds the Vitamix’s 37,000 rpms, don’t even bother telling me about it. I'm tired of wasting my time. 

If you want a “chewy”, get the Nutribullet, Blendtec or Ninja. If you want to blend seriously dense fruit and veggies into a real smooth smoothie, there’s no choice-The Vitamix is the hands down king of all smoothies.

You shouldn't have to chew your smoothie... Get a Vitamix!

Yours in Health

Dr. Todd Narson

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