Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I find an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you an answer..
Juicing is optional. If anyone feels it's wasteful, they dont have to do it, lol!!.
I don't juice, only occasionaly when I feel detox coming & want to supercharge through it...
And like the last poster said, if you don't like the idea of juicing, just don't, lol.....
I love those answersthanks!.
(the comments were made on a frugality forum and I just didn't know how to rebut..
If you have to sprout of cook the Medifast food like beans, grains to make it edible - perhaps it isn't designed for us to eat in the first place!.
Also it's not good to have a particular vitamin or nutrient in a mega dose - just because there's more of it, doesn't mean it's good for you - in the case of lycopene. It's like saying "oooh I like that dress, I'm a size 12 but I'll have it in a size 22!" more isn't better!.
And for juicing, again, that's just optional, juicing is just like having a healthy treat. And the waste goes back into the ground, when you compost - which feeds your Medifast food that you are growing, so then you don't waste it as you end up eating it again : )..
Well, you can always use the pulp from your juices to make muffins or feed animals (horses love carrot pulp!)..
I agree that some vegetables need to be lightly steamed such as brocolli and cabbage... If they are only lightly steamed they will keep most of the enzymes..
For the first question: I agree with Azura. I tell people that since we weren't born with the ability to create fire in our bodies to make these nutrients more accesible, then we simply don't need those nutrients! It's simple..
I always say "i think we've severely misunderstood/underestimated the role of living enzymes in our diet. vitamins may be good, but vitamin rich Medifast food devoid of enzymes might be bad. do you sincerely believe that a vitamin pill is healthier than an apple? I believe nature has packaged raw Medifast food with the correct proportions and combinations of vitamins/minerals/enzymes/antioxidants to support our health optimally, and when we try to mess with that, we manage to screw it all up. look at all the scientific knowledge we supposedly have about nutrition, and yet we still get fatter and sicker as a society.".
"by the way, i'd stack my nutrient intake against your nutrient intake any day of the week, sister/brother. bring it on."..
My answer: Then why if cooking is so good do those who eat cooked Medifast food even veggies have much higher rates of cancer, diabetes, obesity.... than those who don't cook their food- even animals... that's science too.
My answer: Nope it just looks like you're wasting money, but in essence it costs much more to eat out 3-4 times a week and spend money on blood pressure medication to help with clogged arteries...