The #1 health food

A common question we get is what kind of food is the healthiest? Is it tomatoes or carrots, is it fish or chicken, nuts or beans, is it milk or soy milk? Raw or cooked? Carbs or proteins? The half-true answer to that is that it always depends on what you are comparing with, and yet I still believe that any recommendation you won’t consider is a lousy recommendation. Of all the ‘real’ food the earth provides us with, the healthiest ones would be the ones you like and tolerate. So what do you like? How can you like those that you don’t like so much? Check out our the recipes here or get our cookbook to get some ideas. Creativity is the first solution, remember!

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If I recommend beans to someone who hears the echo of their childhood teacher forcing them to finish their plate of stale red beans, it is probably a lousy recommendation as s/he just won’t eat them. Or maybe I’ll have to show them how to make a bean paste or some other delicious dish in order to open their eyes for new ideas. It’s no point in recommending something even if it’s super food, if the person simply won’t eat it. In medical terms this is called Compliance (the likelihood that the patient will stick to the recommendations). Another problem is if the eater can’t digest it. The healthiest food could become the worst toxin if you are allergic or can’t digest it.

Apart from the taste and digestion, the generally most healthy food to eat for all humans are no doubt green leafy vegetables. They are first of all often eaten raw, allowing them to keep the enzymes which otherwise could be destroyed when being cooked or frozen. They contain lots of easy to digest fibre, the cleansing non-soluble and the soluble pre-biotic fibre that our dear friends the bacteria in our microflora feeds off. Leafy vegetables have easily absorbed vitamins, minerals and loads of water, chlorophyl and hardly any calories. What more can you ask for?

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So, what’s the down size? Well, you have to eat a lot of them and per kg it falls low on the scale of healthiest food, as most people don’t eat that much of them. Three leaves will hardly do much for your belly. We need more, much more. The solution is to prepare them – mix with tasty food, chop them well or make smoothies. Have them in all meals, including your breakfast porridge. Yes, why not? You’ll see that they adopt to the taste. Skip the juices though, as you won’t get all the good fibre. Oh, and don’t forget to chew well if you drink your greens, so that you get your enzymes going in the saliva.

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