Facebook Guide to Alkaline eating
One of the advantages of eating a plant-based diet is that the consumer is ingesting quite an abundance of nutrients. A nutrient dense diet is healthier and more effective than a high-calorie diet of junk. The point of eating is to feed the body. It is not to satisfy your taste buds only. The call of hunger is your body trying to tell you that it needs nutrition. If you give your body food that is devoid of minerals and vitamins, the call of hunger will come again in a few short hours. We must focus more attention on feeding our body the nutrient-packed vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans that it desires to maintain our health.
The following article explains the difference between juicing your plant foods and blending them into smoothies. I personally believe in using the whole fruit, the way nature intended but others say that the pure juice is what your body really wants. This article is written by Allison Aubrey and is very knowledgeably written. It was published originally by NPR.
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At a time when Americans consume, on average, only about one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables a day when we’re supposed to consume five to 13 servings, the appeal of juice and smoothies is pretty obvious.
Juice can be a convenient way to get more servings of fruit and veggies. And, hey, making your own juice concoctions at home can be fun.
So, here’s the question: What’s the better gadget, a juicer or a blender? Does one do a better job of boosting the nutrients in the fruit (and veggies)?
We dug up a study from 2012 in which food scientists at Texas A&M University evaluated both techniques.
They decided to make grapefruit juice using three different gadgets: a Vitaprep blender, a hand squeezer and a White-Westing electric juicer.
What they found is the blended juice had significantly higher levels of beneficial phytonutrients compared to the juice made with a juicer (the electric juicer and hand juicer had about the same levels).
In particular, the blended juice had about a seven-fold higher content of a compound called naringin.
Naringin is a flavonoid that has been shown to have cancer-fighting properties as well as strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities that may be beneficial for the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorder.
None of this is to say that blending your grapefruit will have a measurable impact on your health.
But, if you’re looking to boost nutrients, this study does show that how you process juice can have a big impact on the levels of flavonoids.
The authors of the paper tell The Salt they did not expect such a significant difference.
“Yes, I was indeed surprised and so was everyone in the lab,” Rammohan Uckoo, a researcher at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M, tells us by email.
So, what explains the difference? “The blended juice had the highest pulp content, which corresponds to the maximum levels of naringin,” Uckoo says.
In addition, the blended juice contained more of the fruit’s segment membranes — those white layers of papery fiber that line the outside of each segments — which have higher concentrations of flavonoids.
It’s long been known that how we process or cook our foods can influence nutrient levels. For instance, just last week we reported on a study that suggested orange juice might unlock more beneficial phytonutrients, compared to an equivalent amount of fruit.
And when it comes to absorbing nutrients, we’re sometimes better off cooking and adding a little fat. As we’ve noted, to get the most of fat-soluble carotenoids found in carrots and tomatoes, adding a little olive olive can help our body absorb the beneficial antioxidants.
The bottom line, according to nutrition researchers, is that a diverse diet that includes a broad range of vegetables and fruits — both juice and whole fruits — is likely the best strategy for health. “It’s really about your dietary pattern,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, a nutrition scientist at the Antioxidant Research Laboratory at Tufts University who has long studied these issues.
The advantages of eating a diet high in veggies and fruits are life-changing and should be considered by anyone who wishes to improve or optimize their physical condition. Eating an Alkaline diet can reverse Inflammation. This is the way that your body wants to digest nutrients and you should feed your body plenty of what it wants! Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods every day. This leaves you room for foods that you like but shouldn’t eat a lot of. Balancing the pH level of your diet is important if you want to give your body the minerals and phytonutrients needed to provide you with quality health.
Eat a diet of roughly 60-80% alkaline foods daily
Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com