SMOOTHIES, SOUPS, PUREES AND JUICES
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© November 2018, L. D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is only the opinion of the author and for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
SMOOTHIES AND SHAKES
For development, we do not recommend smoothies, shakes or powders such as protein powders or green powders. Here is why:
1. Too much sugar in many cases. Most smoothies include sweeteners such as fruit, fruit juices, honey, agave nectar, almond milk or others. These all upset digestion and blood sugar, and are too yin (see below). They also encourage the growth of yeast in the intestines, and perhaps other parasitic organisms.
2. Too yin. The word yin is Chinese and related to physics. It is very important, although most doctors do not take it into consideration. It means cold, expanded, broken apart and not healthful at this time in history. For details, read Understanding Yin and Yang.
All powders are yin because they are broken apart. Usually, they are extracts of foods. Smoothies are also all yin because they also contain a lot of water and sweeteners, both of which are also quite yin. They often contain raw food which is also more yin.
We find that to heal the intestinal tract, which is absolutely necessary for overall healing, one must avoid all yin foods and yin supplements as much as possible.
3. Poor food combinations. Many smoothies are very poor food combinations consisting of sugars, fruits, protein powders and perhaps other things all blended together. For best digestion, simple meals of cooked vegetables, some protein and a few blue corn chips, for example, are far better.
4. Food extracts not usually as good as whole foods. The use of food extracts such as protein powders, no matter how good they are, are not as good as whole foods in their nutrient content, in almost all cases. Have lightly cooked eggs (with the yolk runny) instead of egg or whey protein powder, for example.
5. Too much liquid. Having liquids of any kind with meals is never a good idea because it competes with and interferes with the production and action of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, as well as the amylase digestive enzymes in the mouth.
It is okay to have a little water to swallow supplements with meals, but all smoothies contain too much liquid, which may severely interfere with digestion and utilization of all nutrients.
When to have smoothies or shakes or frappes. The only time we recommend smoothies are for very fussy children who absolutely will not eat cooked vegetables or take their vitamins.
We recommend mainly thick soups, which can be an excellent way to enjoy loads of cooked vegetables. Very thin soups are mostly water, and this can interfere with digestion. Only use watery soups if a person has a feeding tube, for instance, and cannot have thicker soup.
Thick soups are very good if they are loaded with soft-cooked vegetables and perhaps some meat that is not overcooked (meat is best cooked less than 1 hour, and best if it is cooked far less).
Meat broths. We do not recommend meat broths such as chicken broth. This does not contain much nutrition and it contains some toxins. Adding a little meat broth to a soup for flavoring is okay, but does not add much to the nutritional value of the soup.
Vegetable broths. These are excellent if freshly made. Vegetable broth that one buys in the store already made is usually much too old to be of much good.
Bone broth. This is good if made with beef bones. At this time, bone broth made with other types of bones such as chicken, lamb, goat or other may have too much lead in it to be healthful.
Bean soups. These are good, such as lentil soup. A recent addition to the program is a special bean called mayocoba or Peruviana. Note that they take a long time to cook – 55 minutes in a pressure cooker or about 5 hours regular cooking.
Pureed means that after cooking the food, you put them in a food processor or use a masher or hand blender to mash them up. With pureeing, one does not add any water to the food. It is an excellent method of preparing food, if needed. Chewing the whole vegetables is a little better, but when needed, pureed vegetables are fine.
In contrast, blending with a regular blender requires adding water. This is not quite as good because the water will dilute the stomach acid to some degree.
Pureed vegetables are good for:
1. For a child who will not eat whole vegetables.
2. For a person who cannot chew for some reason. This includes babies, those with bad teeth or jaw problems, and those with a feeding tube.
3. For preparing food for animals such as dogs, who may require that food be mashed up to make it more palatable.
Many people today enjoy juicing vegetables or fruits. Juices provide a lot of nutrients in an easy-to-eat format. However, we recommend only very limited juicing. Important problems with juicing are:
1. Raw food is very yin. Breaking it up to make juice makes the food even more yin. A little is okay, but a lot is harmful, no matter how excellent the nutrition it provides.
2. Juices can often be bad food combinations. For example, combining a vegetable with a fruit is generally a bad food combination. This is always hard on the digestion. Just the juice of one or two vegetables is fine, however, in terms of food combinations.
3. Sweet juices upsets blood sugar.
4. Too much liquid. The large amount of liquid in all juices will upset digestion if the juice is combined with other food, or if the juice mixture contains something that requires more digestion.
Carrot Juice. For all these reasons, the only juices we suggest are:
1. 10-12 ounces of carrot juice only for adults. You can put a green leaf or two in with the carrot juice, but that is all.
2. Alternatively, adults may have one or two ounces of wheat grass juice.
Carrots are quite yang because they are roots, and because they are red in color. They contain an excellent form of calcium that many people need. The carrot juice is best made fresh, but it can also be bought at the store and it will keep in the refrigerator for two days.
Wheat grass juice also contains this calcium compound, along with many other nutrients. Wheat grass juice is best made fresh. We do not recommend the tablets or capsules of dried juices.
- Do not have both of the above juices on the same day.
- Children need less juice, depending on their weight and age.
- Do not combine the juice with food. Wait at least 15 minutes or longer after drinking juice before eating any food. For more on juicing, read Raw Food And Juices.