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is agave safe?

Recently GSG readers raised questions about agave nectar after some well publicized concerns surfaced on the internet.   Agave is my favorite sweetener because it’s largely unprocessed and is a very low glycemic index product with a neutral flavor.   Many of my recipes call for it, and I have found the human body reacts […]

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data on the benefits of eating RAW FOOD . . . part 3 of 3

At Washington University, surgeons put tubes in dogs to drain pancreatic juice enzymes out of the body.   Even though the dogs had access to plenty of food, they all died within a week.   (I know, what a terrible study!)   Another group of researchers duplicated the study, with the same results, in rats. […]

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the data on benefits of RAW FOOD . . . part 2 of 3

Another very old study was the work of Robert McCarrison in the 1920′s and 1930′s, working with rats.   A group of 1,000 rats was fed a partially raw diet of carrots, sprouts, cabbage, bread, milk, and meat.   Another 2,000 were fed canned food, boiled vegetables, and milk.     The rats in the […]

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the data on benefits of RAW FOOD . . . part 1 of 3

In the next few blogs, I’ll review for you research on the benefits of raw plant food I found in various sources.   Unfortunately, science isn’t too interested in studying the effects of people eating raw food.   Who would fund large-scale prevention studies to document what happens when we don’t tax our enzyme production […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 6

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: Which enzyme supplement should I take?   If you’re going to eat at least some of your meals that are partially or fully cooked or processed, please always take 1 or 2 capsules of digestive enzymes first.   If you read my site, blog, or book, you know I am generally skeptical of […]

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foods that help digestion . . . part 5

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:   What are foods that help digestion? Some raw foodists eat raw meat.   Raw meat and milk have enzymes, so aren’t they good foods? Answer:   We’ll leave the Oxford/Cornell China Project out of this discussion, which shows that animal protein causes many diseases.   (The primary author of that pivotal study, […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 4

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:   How can enzymes and eating raw food be so important when stomach acid would kill any enzymes that came with the food anyway? Good one.   Some people think that the low pH of the stomach stops salivary and any other food or supplemental enzymes from working.   A number of experiments […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 3

We don’t think of our stomach as being two-chambered, but Howell goes to lengths to document all the experts and studies (including Gray’s Anatomy) saying that it does, in fact, have two distinct parts.   And in the upper stomach, or “food enzyme stomach,” gastric juices are not released, and peristalsis is not yet churning […]

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what enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 2

Howell outlines three types of enzymes we need: digestive enzymes, which digest food, metabolic enzymes, which run every function of our bodies, and food enzymes from raw foods, which start the digestive process.   So what enzymes are involved in digestion?   Amylase is the enzyme used to digest carbohydrate, and it is concentrated in […]

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What enzymes do to make food digestible . . . part 1

I’m going to write about the work of Dr. Edward Howell, who spent 20 years writing Enzyme Nutrition: The Food Enzyme Concept.   I confess to reading the 170-page abridgement rather than the 700-page original work with 700 sources.   I’m abridging that book and other sources I’ve read on enzymes so in reading a […]

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