Find out which fruits and vegetables are great for juicing on The Kaufmann Diet!
To be included on The Kaufmann Diet, all foods must largely meet two criteria. First, they must not be known to be commonly contaminated with mold poisons, known as mycotoxins. This, sadly, is the case for many foods that people eat regularly, such as grains, corn, peanuts and soy. Secondly, these foods must not be known to feed an underlying fungal or yeast infection in the body. Foods known to do this are foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates, such as breads, sugary foods, and even certain kinds of fruit.
Most of the foods that are excluded on the diet are foods containing grain, corn, and peanuts, but even some fruits and vegetables are excluded, at least initially. Fruits like melons, red apples, oranges, bananas, and generally the sweeter varieties of fruits are restricted, because they are high in fructose, which is a type of sugar found in fruits.
For those who like to enjoy fresh juice, this might seem restricting. However, there are still plenty of foods that that you can make fresh juice with, and this is something that is actually encouraged while you are on the diet for a few reasons.
Juicing is an excellent way of concentrating nutrition. In a single glass, you can get the same dosage of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that would otherwise be in many servings of fruits and vegetables.
Importantly, too, juicing can help concentrate many of the anti-fungal nutrients found in many of the foods that are permitted on the Kaufmann Diet, which can be very beneficial for killing internal yeast and fungi.
Because juicing can concentrate the sugar found in many fruits, it is important to stick to foods that are approved on your diet. While your main source of hydration should always be water, juicing constitutes a beneficial way to get a lot of nutrition in a single serving. In other words, think of fresh juice like you would a meal, or a snack; juicing should not constitute a replacement for water in terms of hydration.
One idea that is worth noting: While juicing concentrates nutrition, it is important to remember that certain nutrients are water soluble, and some nutrients are fat soluble. Therefore, it can be beneficial to supplement your juice with a snack high in healthy fat, such as handful of almonds, walnuts or pecans. This will help to ensure maximum absorption of the nutrients in your juice.
These are some great options for juicing on The Kaufmann Diet:
Cucumber is a hydrating fruit that is low in sugar and calories. It is a good source of vitamin K and also contains potassium, magnesium, and pantothenic acid. Cucumbers have been studied for their ability to assist in healthy cholesterol levels and proper blood sugar regulation. Cucumber is a good fruit for getting lots of juice, because it is mostly water.
Celery, like cucumber is mostly water and rich in beneficial compounds. Celery is rich in vitamin K, pantothenic acid, and potassium. Celery is known to provide support for the digestive system and may also have cardiovascular benefits. Certain compounds in celery are thought to help lower blood pressure. More on Celery
Carrots are a favorite for juicing on the Kaufmann diet for a few reasons. They are rich in a number of carotenoids, notably beta carotene. They are also rich in a particularly potent nutrient know as falcarinol. Falcarinol is a potent anti-fungal nutrient. While carrots contain more sugar than other vegetables allowed on The Kaufmann Diet, this potent anti-fungal activity makes carrots––and carrot juice––a winner on your Kaufmann Diet.
Kale is loaded with nutrients, including vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and other nutrients. Kale is packed with lutein (an anti-oxidant beneficial for eye health), and nutrients called oligosaccharides. Kale provides benefits for the cardiovascular system and helps support the body’s detoxification process. Juicing kale is a good way to concentrate the nutrition therein, particularly for those who are not fond of it’s flavor or texture.
Many people would not think to juice garlic, and while the taste can be strong, adding garlic in juice creates a power house of potent nutrients. Garlic is well known for it’s role in cardiovascular support––supporting healthy blood pressure and healthy cholesterol levels––but garlic contains potent anti-fungal nutrition, as well. Allicin is the active component in garlic that is thought to be particular potent against yeast and fungi. Remember that a little goes a long way when juicing. More on Garlic
Adding fresh ginger root to juice is good for a number of reasons. Ginger imparts a delicious, spicy flavor to juice and might be beneficial for easing an upset stomach. But ginger also contains potent anti-fungal nutrition. Like garlic, a little goes a long way, but try adding fresh ginger root into your juice for both the flavor and the nutrition. More on Ginger
Everyone is likely familiar with the legion of benefits associated with turmeric; turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory; it is thought to have benefits for the brain, protecting against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative problems; and it is potently anti-cancer. Like garlic and ginger, turmeric also contains potent anti-fungal nutrition. Turmeric root is similar to ginger root in terms of texture, so adding it into juice is an easy, cheap way to get this powerful spice into your diet while concentrating its potency. More on Tumeric
Green apples are allowed on the Kaufmann Diet because they contain less fructose than sweeter varieties of apples. They are rich in the anti-fungal nutrient, malic acid, as well. Green apples are a good option to include in your Kaufmann Diet-friendly juices.
These include fresh, green herbs like parsley, mint, cilantro or fresh oregano. More fibrous herbs like rosemary likely will not juice well, but any leafy herbs will likely work just fine. Herbs, of course, are notoriously packed with nutrition and subsequent health benefits. Adding them to juice can be an easy way to concentrate those benefits while adding interesting flavors to your juices. Feel free to experiment with fresh herbs in your juice to see what works best for flavor.