Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Don't Squeeze Me

You should never juice your fruits and vegetables.  While giving you a ton of vitamins and minerals, the pure juice is quickly digested and can raise your blood sugar too quickly.  This can lead to raised levels of insulin and eventually glucose intolerance which is a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes.  Not to mention it creates hunger spikes.

Who would have thought consuming fruit juices or veggie juices could possibly be harmful.  However this should be a consideration.  All fruits and veggies should be consumed in their natural state or as least processed as possible.  Most of the fiber in fruits or veggies are found in the skin or fibrous material that holds the natural juice in a solid state.  When consumed whole it takes longer to digest and allows for better absorption of vitamins and minerals not to mention the incredibly beneficial natural scrubbers of soluble and insoluble fibers on the digestive track.

It has also been proven that a balanced diet of protein and carbohydrates as well as healthy fats gives your body its greatest ability to absorb as much nutrition from the food sources.  It is key that one doesn't overload on a particular source of nutrition such as a high protein diet or low fat diet etc.  It is considered the best scenario to constantly challege your metabolism with different sources of nutrition at different time periods.

Don't buy into the hype of commercials trying to sell high price juicer's.  Slice that apple or orange. Shred that carrot or cucumber.  Garnish your salad with julienned veggies.  Get creative and don't be lazy by shoving your fruits and veggies into a mechanical maul. Every meal should have two to three servings of fruit or vegetables.  While this sounds like an insurmountable task, it is not necessarily so.

I have to thank my other brother Michael for this post.
Michael is an awesome cook.  He is one that can have a can of this and a can of that and make a meal that will make your mouth water.  Thanks Michael!

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