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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Green For Life

Victoria Boutenko's book Green for Life makes a very compelling case for people to markedly increase their consumption of raw foods. In fact, she advocates a 100% raw food diet. She does weave her belief in evolution into her writing and as such fails to recognize the greater latitude God affords us in our dietary choices. That being said...

Boutenko, her husband and two kids made remarkable strides in their health and healing when switching to a raw food diet. After plateauing out seven years into it she discovered green smoothies, and incorporated them into their raw diet. Green smoothies are a blend of fruit and greens (e.g. spinach, collard greens, kale, endive, parsley, romaine lettuce, arugula, chard, bok choy, celery, etc.). The sweetness of the fruit overrides the flavor imparted by the greens. She determined that greens are extraordinarily nutritious yet Americans eat way less than we should and that when we cook them we kill off many of the important enzymes essential for proper digestion which works against optimal assimilation. In her book she chronicled the many health benefits people achieved by drinking green smoothies. One must wonder though what sort of insulin response one gets from a high fructose load and if the fiber from the greens is able to attenuate it. That's a subject for another day.

In a day when old age often comes with coronary artery stenting, knee and hip replacement surgery, mental illness and other degenerative diseases it will be interesting to see if green smoothies become more popular.

Oh yeah, this is not medical advice. See a physician for that. Your personal one.


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