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October 26, 2013

A vegetable too far

After a few doctor visits and constant problems with prescription medicines, my friend, Dave, has decided to pay attention to what he eats, hoping to cut down on some of the more unpleasant side effects and, perhaps, become healthy enough to stop taking some meds altogether. Years of airplane peanuts and convenience store lunches have taken their toll on him, and he was feeling old before his time. So he did what many people in his condition have done: He bought a juicer.

He loves it and now he can’t wait to spread the message of juicing to everyone who comes in his house.

I suspect in the next few weeks he may start showing up at a complete stranger’s back door, wearing a white shirt and a skinny black tie, and ask them if they’ve heard the good news about juices.

Me? I like juice, but I have never had a juicer. I’m a blender person. But mine is 30 years old, maybe older. I think it was made by Atwater Kent. I used to make smoothies in it. A little ice, a little milk, some fruit, yummy. But I hadn’t used it for a few years. Last week, I found a recipe for a smoothie that called for frozen banana chunks. This blender couldn’t handle them, and frozen banana chunks are marshmallows compared to ice. So I was in the market for something new. Maybe a juicer is just the thing to replace my failing blender.

“See, you can put anything in it and it all tastes good,” Dave says, throwing in some apple slices, a few chunks of pear and a handful of seedless grapes. Whrrr, whrrr, whrrr. Juice comes out one side; apple-pear-grape pulp comes out the other.

“Try it, see how great it tastes.”

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