"...a great book for anyone considering juicing for a healthier body or lifestyle".
(The Malaysian Reserve)
Sara Ding’s “Juicing for Health” is part of the MPH Masterclass Kitchens series and it is a comprehensive guide to juicing — a popular healthy dieting trend that focuses on drinking juices from fruits and vegetables.
Ding starts off with her own Personal Story section, that tells readers her interesting path to juicing. She discovered she was malnourished despite eating a lot of food due to poor food choices. She also found out she was suffering from toxemia — a blood-poisoning disease due to this.
She then started to make a case for juicing as it influences various systems in our body. The book even details a comprehensive guide on equipment and the best tools that one can have in order to go for juicing properly. There are tips, tricks and best practices with explanations on how and why these things are important.
Ding also goes into detail on the dos and don’ts of juicing such as timing, amount and essential supplements. There are sections explaining enzymes, vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and what each does. There’s even a colour guide and how each hue of the juicing spectrum affects the human body.
What follows is a huge list of juicing recipes for different purposes. For example, the recipe to beat gas is called “Beat Bloat” and is described as a mixture of pineapple, fennel, celery and ginger. Blended into a juice, this concoction is supposedly very good to deal with bloating and digestive gases.
There’s also the “Cold Kicker”, which is a drink to boost the immune system in order to fight the common cold, flu and sore throats. The ingredients are lemon peel, ginger, lemongrass, raw honey and cinnamon powder.
There are many such recipes in the book, perhaps over a hundred, and each is designed to boost certain elements or organs in the body. Each recipe has a short description of its intended functions, how it is supposed to work, the active ingredients, the methods of preparation, the precise quantity to use as well as substitutes if you have other preferences or are allergic to certain things.
The detailed explanation of what nutrients come from which ingredient means anyone can customise the juice recipes for their own needs and tastes. Coupled with the basic knowledge shared at the beginning makes this juicing recipe book very good for anyone who wants to try juicing for any reason — be it for personal health or dieting.
To further add to the customisation possibilities, there is an extra section for catalysts — additional healthful food items that are added to juices to enhance their effect and/ or taste. The section details the effects of items such as honey, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, coriander leaves and the like.
This is definitely a great book for anyone considering juicing for a healthier body or lifestyle. With the festive season here right now, it might not be a bad idea to get this book, either to get into juicing, or to turn it into a gift for someone who might like it.
Source: Book Review by The Malaysian Reserve