I keep hearing about the wonders of lemons. Lemon Concentrate says it has power of several lemons with virtually no carbs. Lemon juice is great but has carbs. Lemon as a whole has more nutrients if eating as a whole. What are some peoples advice? I think the lemon juice concentrate is best, anybody have some ideas?
I think anything from the lemon--- as long as it is from a non-chemically grown, naturally ripened lemon-- will have benefits. Even if it is in concentrated form, it probably would be okay-- As long as the lemon concentrate is processed in a way where they don't use factory solvents and also ruin the nutrients from lemon by the factory processing-- and use fresh organic lemons.
Also-- don't forget that many processed juice or concentrate companies use almost spoiled fruits and fruits sprayed with pesticides for juices, because it saves them $$$ instead of having to totally toss out moldy fruit devoid of nutrients. Pastuerization is their excuse to solving the spoilage problem-- so what you are left with is a fruit juice or concentrate taken from over-ripe or almost spoiled fruit parts that are pastuerized so noone gets e.coli from using the concentrate.
Even with orange juice-- they use the refuse garbage oranges for the juice and add a little orange coloring to make it look fresh.
Buyer Beware!-- most of the concentrated lemon juice you see in the typical every day grocery store for " the masses" is garbage. It may be less convenient, but the simpler, the better. If you can get your hands on an organic orange-- make your own concentrate. At least you know what's in it.
Some small organic companies do make far better lemon juice concentrate-- that you probably can only find in a healthfood store, or Alternative grocer before the FDA eventually finds an excuse to kick them out of business in the future.
The zest part taken from the rind, even the pulp has benefits, depending on what you are using them for. From what I read along time ago, every part of the lemon has some type of nutrient that works with the other nutrients in the other parts. Bioflavonoids , I think, are in the rind-- and they work with the Vitamins in the juice. Trouble is, the oil based pesticide sprays these days make using the rind dangerous for your health. Using an organic veggie cleanser to clean them before cutting them would help a little, but youre better off with an organic whole lemon washed with veggie wash.
In the mornings, I squeeze lemon from a whole lemon into water to drink.
As for carb concern-- I'd not worry about carb content in low glycemic fruits like lemons if you cut out white flour, refined sugars and starches from the diet.
I don't see any problem with fresh lemons. They have carbs, but they have about the lowest carbs of any fruit or vegetable. It really isn't enough to worry about unless you are on the atkins diet, in which case you have other things to be concerned with. Diluting the fresh lemon juice in water keeps it from messing with your enamel.
Now, an organic lemon concentrate can be good, so I'm not dissing it, but it isn't fresh. So I would say, maybe you should use both. Use the concentrate when the fresh isn't convenient. Because a lot of the power of the lemon is tied to its fresh enzymes.
The best would be if you can buy fresh organic thin-skinned lemons, and put them whole into a masticating juicer, thereby getting the benefits of the rind as well.
I saw an OLD post you made on a different forum about contacts and eye stuff. You said that you wore contacts but were planning on trying the Bates method instead. I did not know how to email you direct, so I thought I'd try to respond to one of your recent posts. Is that okay?
Did you ever try Bates method? If not, how do you keep your contacts clean and what do you use for rewetting drops? I don't want to use the store bought solutions that have various preservatives , but I don't want to give up my contacts either until my sight gets better.
Any suggestions you might have would be GREATLY appreciated!
I blend a half or a whole lemon into my smoothies all the time. I think it is healthier to eat the whole fruit rather than parts or some processed form of it.
The juice made from concentrate consists of fruit juice concentrate and water. Fruit juice concentrate is fruit juice from which water has been removed by a concentration method in order to make it easier for transport. The juice is then reconstituted at the plant by adding water according to strict norms.
When the juice is made not from concentrate, that means that the juice was conditioned right after the pressing, usually at proximity to the picking grounds.
sucanat (3 teaspoons)
raw coconut oil (2 teaspoons)
chunks of raw coconut
4 ice cubes
rice milk (half a cup)
3-4 leaves of kale
Ratio is 60% ripe organic fruit, mixed with about 40% organic green vegetables (preferrably dark green leafy vegetables–such as kale, collard greens, Romaine lettuce, spinach, parsley)