Top critical review
Some enjoyable and nutritious recipes but...
27 July 2018
I bought this book to find out more about juicing and to experiment - confident that I would find some nutritious and enjoyable recipes to adapt. I'm currently replacing breakfast with smoothies and have found some good recipes to work from in the book. So far so good!
I'm not a fan of the author's, to me, rather hyperbolic prose style though. Nor do I buy his arguments for juicing per se. I use a powerful Vitamix blender alone to make smoothies.
Juicing is an appealing way of taking in vegetable and fruit nutrients. Also with many vegetables, e.g. carrots, it gives a much more palatable result over blending alone. The major downside however is that juicing removes fibre and with it the associated health benefits - improved bowel function, blood glucose, and blood lipid profiles. Fibre also adds to a feeling of fullness thus helping with weight management. Worth mentioning also that blending produces roughly three times as much thick smoothie versus juice from juicing from the same ingredients. (There are medical conditions that benefit from fibre removal though).
I plan to continue to blend smoothies while also enjoying fruit and vegetables in other ways, raw and cooked.