#1 Article on NY Times declares: “Doctors: Kale, Lemon Water, Juicing n’ Smoothies = Bad for You.”

**Update via The New York Times: “The glycemic index on [juice] is as bad as Coke. For eight ounces, there’s 14 grams of sugar. People get suckered into thinking, ‘Oh, I’m drinking this juice.’ Skip the juicing. Eat the fruit. Or eat the vegetable.” This + 11 other tips for living a longer life


Oscar Wilde: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Juicing is pure sugar. Take out the fiber, the stuff nature gives us to slow us down and help us digest and stay strong, and we can down as much sugar as a can of coke in a bottle of juice. It’s like a drug.

“Blending is always superior to juicing, as blending maintains the complex fibers which made the fruit so beneficial in the first place.”

Bonus: Did you know? Tropicana OJ is owned by Pepsico and Simply Orange by Coca Cola. They strip the juice of oxygen for better storage, which strips the flavor. They then hire flavor and fragrance companies, who also formulate perfumes for Dior, to engineer flavor packs to add to the juice to make it “fresh.” (americannutritionassociation.org)

Number one most-read article on the New York Times? “Kale? Juicing? Trouble Ahead.”

In other news, the international yoga community has lapsed into a state of bewilderment, rage and deep sadness.

It’s an Opinion Article, not journalism. Nevertheless, it makes some wowza points. Read it in its entirety, here.

Imagine my shock, then, at my last physical, when my doctor told me I had hypothyroidism, common in women over 40. When I got home I looked up the condition on the Internet and found a list of foods to avoid. Kale, which I juiced every morning, tops the list, followed by broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and collard greens — the cruciferous vegetables I consumed in large quantities because they are thought to prevent cancer, which runs in my family. And flax — as in the seeds — high in omega 3’s, that I sprinkled on cereal and blended in strawberry almond milk smoothies. Also forbidden: almonds and strawberries, not to mention soy, peaches, peanuts, corn, radishes, rutabaga and spinach.

And then, as if my world was not sufficiently rocked, I went to the dentist, who said I had five cavities and asked if I snacked on candy and sodas all day long. I was insulted. Indignant. What did he take me for? No, I answered. I don’t eat sugar and drink only fresh vegetable juices — no longer kale, of course, but carrot and celery, which I’m still allowed. And filtered water with lemon.

“You’d be better off with chocolate and cola,” he said. Apparently the natural sugars in fruit and vegetable juices can cause decay, and lemon, though high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids which may prevent cancer, had eroded the enamel that protected my teeth.

I argued that I always brushed afterward. “Worst thing you can do,” he said….

Read the rest, it gets worse (smiley face emoticon). 

My review: The ending ruined it for me. Seems reasonable, interesting, balanced…then, twinkies? I know it’s meant to be cute, but…yes, a lot of this is about moderation, common sense. Drink fruit sugar every day, lemons on your teeth, etc? Get smart. Doesn’t mean we have to give up real food for effing twinkies…which have beef in them (ingredient list here, it’s amazing).

I thought it was fascinating, to be clear, for 90% of it-—there’s a reason it’s #1 on the site.

I don’t care if folks want to eat disgusting yummy food, free country and all that. I just didn’t like that it turned her point from: “you can eat too much of a good thing, be mindful and smart” to “f*ck healthy food, I’m gonna eat crap after 30 years of leading the way” in the minds of many readers. It was a “cute”, weak writer’s moment.



Don’t believe the hype? Here’s a link for you (Just be mindful, in moderation!):

Start your day with water & lemon. ~ Dr. David Jockers

Relephant Reads:

Is Your “Healthy” Diet Silently Causing Pre-Diabetes?

Juicing for Dummies. 

Juicing, with a Blueprint.



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Sandy Oct 8, 2015 11:34am

I call BS on all of this. Doctor’s know NOTHING about nutrition.

Maria del mar Dec 10, 2014 1:53pm

We should be our own guinea pigs. How many times doctors are wrong?

Guest Dec 10, 2014 1:16pm

I have just seen Dr Davis of Wheat Belly fame in his infomercial speak to the problem with goiters & other thyrod conditions that have re-emerged because many of us have been avoiding iodized salt for 'natural' sea salt. Iodine is not that easily found in our diets, which is why it was added to salt in the 20's. I just found an iodized sea salt and am going to look for kelp tablets to help reboot my thyroid. Some 'healthy food' prctices are harmful. Be aware that not all that glitters is gold. Be well, folks!

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