“Eat your vegetables!” is a familiar battle cry around dinner tables — but Mom hasn't been the only one insisting we eat our peas (carrots, turnips). Since 1990, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recommended we consume at least two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables daily, while the United States Cancer Institute suggests we eat five servings of fresh vegetables and three servings of fruit every day — which they have dubbed “the daily eight.” Despite those repeated urgings, studies show that most Americans still fall short of the mark, increasing their risk of developing a variety of chronic conditions and serious diseases.
Although most people understand the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables, they often lack the time, energy, or motivation to make it happen. For such people, juicing can be the difference between great health and chronic illness.
Juicing is also an easy and convenient way to consume your daily quota of fruits and vegetables, assimilate vital nutrients more rapidly, hydrate your body, and enjoy a steady stream of energy — all without growing your own organic farm or taking fistfuls of supplements every day. During the juicing process, the cell walls of the fruits and vegetables are sliced open to release a cornucopia of nutrients — including amino acids, chlorophyll, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins — all of which are quickly absorbed by the body once the juice is consumed.
Juicing for health and well-being is not a new trend. It has a rich and illustrious history that dates back to biblical times, when fruits and vegetables were eaten raw and fruits were made into beverages by island peoples.
Today, thanks to the advent of high-tech juicers that make juicing easier, faster, and more fun, juicing has never been more popular. Millions of people have turned to juicing to ward off everyday disorders like colds and migraines, promote longevity, shed excess pounds, enhance memory, reduce stress, treat skin diseases, develop more beautiful and lustrous hair, build stronger nails, and prevent and treat a host of conditions and diseases.
Naturally low in calories and high in fiber, fruits and vegetables facilitate weight loss and are packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals that help prevent serious diseases. Research shows that people who consume generous amounts of fruits and vegetables have a reduced risk of stroke, Type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.
This combination health guide and cookbook provides all the information you need to become a juicing genie. You'll learn about the best fruits and vegetables ideal for juicing, important tips on the care, handling and storage of fruits and vegetables, and the nutritional and health benefits of specific fruits and vegetables. You'll also get a crash course in juicers as well as 150 recipes that demonstrate how to spin fruits and vegetables into delectable and nutritious juices. Those of you who thought you hated fruits and vegetables are in for a delightful taste sensation!