Health benefits of eating a plant-based diet are well researched, but still the general public seems to be unaware of its implications. The majority still believe that we need to eat meat daily because our body needs protein and “animal protein is best” (while it’s NOT!), that milk and diary “do our bodies good” (they do NOT!), etc.
Eating Fruit and Drinking Fruit Juice and Cancer Research
By Joanna Verdan
It’s a fact: eating fresh fruits and vegetables and juicing them is an essential component of good health. It’s best, when at least 70% or more of your nutrition comes from fresh fruits and vegetables in their RAW, unprocessed state; and drinking juices prepared with your own juicer is a great way to add more fruits and veggies to your diet.
Millions of dollars are spent on cancer research each year. And yet our “war on cancer” has brought us no closer to finding a cure that we were fifty years ago. Cancer is proving to be a disease of lifestyle, environment, and culture, and not a condition caused by a genetic factor, microbe or germ.
Almost every cancer research organization in the world is supportive of the consumption of fruit for cancer patients and as effective cancer prevention. Every day you can read articles about published studies that discovered yet another health benefit of this or that fruit.
Many companies are jumping on the fruit bandwagon, making supplements made from fruits and however many of these companies are just out for your money. One example is the recent health supplement craze, the Acai berry fruit. While no doubt acai berries in their raw, ripe state are an excellent food choice, rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, but so are blackberries, raspberries, cherries, oranges, cranberries and other fruits. The truth is no health supplement can compete with fresh fruits and vegetables in their raw whole form and their juice.
While there are some misguided individuals trying to warn us that fruit is detrimental to cancer patients, sound scientific studies do not support those statements. Since cancer has been associated with an acid condition in the body, these individuals mistakenly assume that the sugar in fruits, and especially the acid in “acid fruits,” such as oranges and grapefruits, will acidify the body. However, the chemistry of digestion demonstrates that this is not so. It is the mineral content of a food that is the main determining factor as to whether the food produces an alkaline or an acid reaction in the body. Since alkaline minerals predominate in all fruits, including acid fruits, they have an alkalizing effect upon the body.
Laboratory researches have demonstrated that when cells in a petri-dish are submerged in an appropriate nutritive environment and the toxic waste products of their metabolisms are efficiently removed, healthy cells result. To date, it has not been possible to cause cancer in these healthy cells, no matter what carcinogens they are briefly exposed to. While fruits may not be as alkalizing as greens, their reputation as acidifying foods – that is not recommended for cancer – is completely unfounded.
At least 70% or more of your nutrition should come from fresh fruits and vegetables eaten in their RAW state. Juicing is a great way to easily add more vegetables to your diet – especially the green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, lettuce, cabbage, parsley, celery, and other that are essential to our well being. We must also limit consumption of acid-forming foods like cooked proteins, heated oils, fried foods, processed foods. We cannot expect to be healthy and cancer-free if we regularly consume unhealthy foods, even if we also eat large quantities of fruit and greens.
The author discovered first-hand the advantages of consuming freshly made juice when she started to experiment with delicious juicing recipes prepared with her own Breville juicer to improve health and lose weight. We all can achieve many health benefits of juicing by drinking green juices and smoothies prepared according to the delicious recipes on the author’s site, such as juicer recipes v8.