Seems like one of the benefits of blending things like onions, carrots, cucumbers, etc. all into a super "healthy" smoothie is that the smoothie would contain a tremendous amount of vitamins and minerals. Would it be equally healthy to just have a multi vitamin pill?
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In short, No. There is something known as bio-availability which in essence means how much of a substance is ACTUALLY absorbed. So just because a mulit-vitamin has all these good things in them doesn't mean it will all be utilised as well as the same vitamin would be in the fruit/vegetable.
To give a somewhat related example (but not perfect) of bio-availability;
"Studies have found that excessive amounts of sugar, or glucose, in the body can inhibit the absorption of Vitamin C. In the 1970s, researchers established that sugar and Vitamin C have a similar structure and enter cells using the same pathway, the GLUT receptors."
Side note: I highly recommend against putting an onion in a smoothie.
Side note 2: I'm not saying multi-vitamins/supplements aren't helpful.