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Don't Forget To Drink Your Vegetables

Apr 18, 2008
The body needs the nutrients provided by raw vegetables. Unfortunately, cooking foods tends to destroy much of the nutritional value in regards to the vitamins and minerals inherent in the food. One option that is delicious and simple to do is to turn your vegetables into drinks by juicing them. In case you are concerned that necessary fiber will be lost by breaking down the vegetables in a juicer, that will not happen as plenty of fiber will be retained even in the juice state. In fact there is enough fiber in vegetable juices to more than supply the body's need for it.

Asparagus is a vegetable that is rich in an amino acid called asparagines. Asparagine is very easily destroyed when asparagus is cooked. Asparagus works well as a mild form of a diuretic and is an excellent addition to any vegetable juice concoction.

Beets are an acquired taste but are loaded with vitamins and minerals. The two biggest benefits of beets are that they build blood to make it as strong and hardy as possible and they are good at strengthening the work of the gall bladder. When preparing beets do not throw away the tops when you cut them off but instead use them for salad greens. Never prepare beet juice on its own as it can be extremely strong and is likely to upset the stomach. Always blend beets with other vegetables when making vegetable juice.

Broccoli is a cruciferous vitamin that is actually the head of a flower that has not fully matured. For that reason broccoli is a vegetable that must always be picked before it has bloomed. Broccoli is extremely good for the human body as it is chock full of a number of different vitamins and minerals and it is also high in protein.

Not everyone enjoys brussels sprouts. Like beets they are an acquired taste and are very similar to broccoli when it comes to their many health benefits. When it comes to vegetables you can never go wrong with green vegetables and as a mixture they can be very delicious to drink as vegetable juices.

Raw cabbage is good for the colon and it is loaded with vitamins, minerals and sulfur compounds. When you use cabbage to make a juice always drink it as soon as it is prepared because the essential elements that make up cabbage start to oxidize right away. Cabbage is best combined with other vegetables and not standing on its own. Cabbage juice cannot be adequately stored, therefore, never make more than you can drink at any one sitting. If you are making a vegetable juice that includes cabbage always juice this vegetable after all of the others and then drink it fresh and fast from the juicer.

Juicing can be fun and there is a real art to it so if this method of getting your daily veggies appeals to you, buy yourself an inexpensive juicer and then search the Internet for a multitude of healthy and frothy recipes.
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