Raw Vegetable Juice
A recent question sent in was that if Chinese dietary therapy recommends eating cooked vegetables over raw, what about drinking raw vegetable juices?
One reason why Chinese dietary therapy recommends cooking vegetables is that many vegetables like carrot and broccoli use up a lot of digestive power as they are so hard and fibrous. Cooking these kinds of foods makes them more easy to breakdown and digest.
Now this doesn't mean boiling all the goodness out of them until they are a sloppy mush. Steaming and stir-frying are two common and easy ways to cook vegetables (and meats) quickly and lightly while still retaining plenty of nutrients.
As for raw vegetable juices, they are a simple, powerful way to improve and maintain your health. And as you are consuming the juice and not the fibre they digest very quickly. A couple of glasses a day of a raw vegetable juice blend can benefit your skin, digestion, bowels, blood, energy and more.
I follow the Chinese way of lightly and quickly cooking my vegetables AND I drink at least one glass a day of a freshly extracted raw vegetable juice.
Carrot juice is one of the best overall. It cleanses, heals and nourishes you. To carrot juice you can add smaller amounts of green vegetables like spinach, parsley and celery. You can also add an apple to sweeten the blend a little more.
There are too many possible combinations to list here and there are plenty of websites and books dedicated to juicing. Any questions about vegetable juicing let me know. And see the
Chinese Diet Report
for more on the Chinese dietary approach.
All the best,
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