Friday, March 19, 2010

The Healing Power of Juices (4)

Some FAQs about juicing:

(A) Can I choose either juice or fruit as my daily routine,
which one is better?
We should take juices on top of fruits we're already taking.

Fruit when taken in whole, confers the most complete benefits
(from fibre, to phytonutrients, to enzyme, to vitamins etc).
Fruit is the basic foundation of healthy diet,
but it is lack of some healing traits.

Juice is supposed to supplement our body with high dosage of
phytonutrients and enzymes which are limited in mere whole fruit intake.
Hence, juice may serve as a healing agent,
given the high dosage of phytonutrients and enzymes.
But juice does not work alone without the basic foundation
(ie grains, veg, fruits and nuts).

(B) Isn't it a waste to chuck away the pulp everytime we juice?
There are many good ways to fully utilise the pulps.
It's not necessary to throw them away.
For examples, they can be used to bake muffin, cook soup,
ferment enzymes, compost fertiliser and wash dishes!
Fyi, Kampung Senang's Eco-kitchen routinely uses their organic carrot pulp
to make into chilli floss :P

(C) Isn't it too much liquid for a day?
We are recommended to drink 12 glasses of water daily.
6 out of the 12 glasses may be replaced with fresh juices or plain chinese tea ;)

(D) Is it necessary to go organic juice?
Ideally yes. But we can still make do with conventional fruits.
One fact about juicing is that,
juicing separates the water-soluble juice from
the water-insoluble pulp where most pesticides/chemicals reside.
Hence, drinking non-organic juice is 'safer' than eating the same non-organic fruit.
But, don't get me wrong, it's still important to go organic, due to its higher nutrient content!

(E) I have no time to juice, is it ok to buy packeted all-natural fruit juice?
Preferrably not.
Manufactured juice, is lack of enzyme,
and is depleted of certain heat-labile vitamins/phytonutrients, due to pasteurisation.
But, in situation where fresh juice is not available,
go for additive/preservative-free 100% juice
(not juice-like beverage made from 100% real juice, if you know what I mean :P).

Fyi, the popular brand, Magnolia's Peel-Fresh is not qualified at all... heee..

Seriously, hawker centres with juice stalls are all around Singapore,
it's rather hard to convince that fresh juice is hard to get... ;)

Well regards,
Kee Yew


Juice recipe of the day

Coconut smoothies
~~ yet another vegan, nutiritious and yummy smoothie!

Blend 300mL of coconut water and young coconut flesh (from 1 coconut) with 1 serving of either papaya, dragon fruit, rock melon, honey dew or mango.
-- you may rotate the colour everyday!!

Benefits: rich in good fats for higher metabolic rate, hormonal balance and stronger immunity .


{Learning Holistic Wellness for Wisdom and Compassion}


  1. Hey Kee Yew,

    Would it be too much sugar for one day?

    Leng Siew

  2. Hi Leng Siew,

    Great to hear from you :D

    Two ways to assess the sugar concern:
    1. The sugar in juice is different from sugary beverage like soft drinks. The sugar in juice is absorbed along with other chelating nutrients (e.g. minerals) which may regulate utilisation/absorption of the native sugar in juice. Refined sugar in soft drinks has nothing else to regulate. Same story like sugar in refined white rice vs brown rice.

    2. If the juice is drank evenly over the whole day, it's like taking snacks. Our body will homeostatically adjust to take in less junk food or smaller portion of main meals. So, the final sugar load for the day wouldn't fluctuate very much. In fact the overall calorie intake for the day may even drop, due to better nourishment.
    -- this is part of the process of detoxing ;)

    Kee Yew


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