Sugar, the Warburg Hypostesis, cell respiration and oxygen
Sugar is a complete no-no on the Budwig diet. See the Warburg hypothesis about the lack of correct respiration which allowed cancer cells to fuel themselves by effectively fermenting sugar in the absence of sufficient oxygen. This is called glycolysis or non-oxidative breakdown of glucose. In 1924 the Nobel laureate, Otto Heinrich Warburg, proposed that sugar allows cancer cells and cause tumours to grow, This was the foundation for the recommendation for cancer patients to avoid sugar.
Oleolux is a savoury butter or topping for food created by Dr Johanna Budwig. It is a rich golden-yellow blend of cold-pressed linseed (flax) oil and raw coconut oil delicately enhanced with onion and garlic. Cholesterol-free, rich in Omega-3 and other beneficial fats, it makes a healthy alternative to butter, cream or olive oil in everyday meals for anyone looking for tasty food and a healthier lifestyle. The garlic and onion are healthy additions and probably help the absorption of the omega-3.
Ingredients for Oleolux:
125g Cold-Pressed Linseed (Flax) Oil
250g Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
1 Medium Onion
10 cloves garlic mashed
Weigh the Linseed Oil into a suitable container, preferably glass that has a lid, or can be covered, it needs to be large enough to take the coconut oil as well. Place it in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Melt coconut oil in a large pan from which it is going to be easy to pour the oil.
Slice the onion and cook at a very gentle heat so that it is lightly straw coloured after 15 minutes.
Add the crushed garlic cloves and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Remove from heat, allow to cool a little and strain through a sieve into the chilled linseed oil and put in the fridge to cool. When it has set it is ready to use.
Store in the fridge.
Best used within a month.
How to Use Oleolux
Melt into cooked veg, potatoes and buckwheat.
Use instead of butter on bread.
Use to fry with; though if using oleolux for frying do not heat for more than 1-3 mins and then only at a gentle heat.
Stir into risotto, lentils and soup.
Buckwheat with Oleolux
Melt 50g oleolux in a warm pan. Add 150g raw whole buckwheat groats (grains) and stir gently over a gentle heat for 3 minutes, then add 250ml boiling water and simmer very gently for 15-30 mins or until soft.
This can be made into a risotto style dish by using low salt veggie stock instead of water, adding sliced veg. such as onions, celery. carrots, mushrooms, at the very start or for softer veg such as spinach 3-10 mins from the end of cooking and sprinkle with chopped herbs, black pepper, cayenne, yeast flakes, etc.
Quark is the name given to some of the simple cottage cheeses made in Germany and other parts of Europe; it provides the ideal protein levels to blend with linseed (flaxseed) oil for making the Budwig cream for the muesli on the Budwig diet. Any similar level (10-12%) protein cottage cheese will do for mixing with the cold-pressed linseed (flax) oil.
Why make you own cottage cheese?
Of course you can buy cottage cheese/quark but if you want to ensure the quality of your the milk that goes into your quark your best option is to make your own cottage cheese/quark. Making your own soft cheese is incredibly easy and satisfying. It gives you the option to choose what what sort of milk your quark/cottage cheese is made from – organic, raw, goat or just milk from a specific herd. Those with a compromised immune system should consider using pateurised milk or heat milk to destroy unwanted bugs before use.
Quark: before starting
Making quark/cottage cheese, no matter how you make your curd, always follows the same basics. Try to use glass, ceramic, plastic, wood; avoid any metal. Ensure everything is very clean.
Quark: the basic method
Quark or cottage cheese really is as simple as turning the protein in milk into coagulated curds so you separate it from the liquid whey portion. First you acidify the milk and it curdles. Then strain you strain it though folded muslin approximately overnight until you have a relatively dry curd.
Milk “curdles” easily and there are many ways of turning milk into curd for quark. The resultant quark/cottage cheese is slightly different depending on the method used. The method you use is really just a question of personal choice and taste.
Straining “curdled” milk
Which ever route you use to curdle milk once strained you will have a simple, quark-like, soft cottage-style cheese. Simply position a sieve or colander over a clean bowl, line with fine muslin, clean cloth (muslin or cloth can be suspended over a bowl without a sieve) or reusable paper towel, pour in the curds and whey from one of the above processes. Tie ends above curds (so as to prevent whey siphoning out) and leave overnight to strain. Your quark/soft cheese is now made.
Quark basic ingredients
Fresh or pasteurised milk from cows, sheep, goats, buffalo or whatever and some agent to sour it, either added or naturally occurring bacteria-starter or some other souring agent or enzyme.
Here are a few ways of making quark:
Warm two pints of milk to blood temperature 37o C (no more). Add 2 teaspoons of rennet, stir and leave covered and undisturbed for 30 minutes, when you come back to it the milk will have thickened.
With lemon juice or vinegar
Warm two pints of milk to 85 oC, add juice of one lemon, stir and leave covered and undisturbed for at least 10 minutes.
This makes a fully live, pro-biotic cheese which benefits the digestion and immune system. First make your kefir (never use metal with kefir) from kefir grains or starter culture. (Kefir starter is a combo of bacteria and good bugs which makes cheese with a lovely fresh creamy flavour). Follow the instructions for making the kefir (which is really just adding kefir culture to milk, which can be raw or not as you wish, and leaving at room temperature). After 2 days it will have become really thick and easily strained (if using kefir grains remove before straining). The strained curd is as close as you can get to the original quark.
Another way to make an organic cottage cheese/quark is to use organic unflavoured yogurt. Shop- bought or home-made yoghurt can be be strained to make cheese.
From a cheese starter
These can be bought on the internet, just follow the instructions for the type of milk you are using. Starter cultures for quark style cottage cheese are available from several companies. GN Ltd,, Orchard-Dairy. For others just google, “quark starter culture UK”
Raw milk soured naturally
Left out of the fridge raw milk will sour, go “off” and the curds can be separated. However you should be aware of the health risks associated with raw milk and the “souring process” should be done at the correct temperature. Many people consider raw milk a healthy option as the proteins haven’t been damaged by heat and it is thought that the naturally-occurring bacteria can be beneficial for the digestion and immune system.
The steps in making your own quark style cheese
These pictures were using a kefir starter but the general process is the same whichever method you use to acidify and curdle your milk:
Pictures of making quark cottage cheese
Finding raw milk for quark/cottage cheese
Some people prefer to use raw milk to make a quark-style cheese, it is available at some farmers’ markets and some farms supply online. Raw cows’ milk can only be bought direct; the Natural Food Finder site helps you track it down. Be aware of all the health arguments for and against live milk before you make the decision to use it.
This beautiful juice doesn’t taste strongly of parsnips but they contribute a silky and slightly nutty richness to the juice. It’s a lovely drink and seems gently restorative if you are feeling tired or under the weather.
This carrot juice is a lovely drink at any time of day and try it as an alternative to milk in muesli or porridge. As ever carrot juice is the best shade of orange juice can be and of course seriously rich in nutrients. The subtle hint of pineapple and ginger turns it into something very special.
Not everyone loves beetroot juice but this can help give you a taste for it. To make beetroot juice irresistible to even confirmed beetroot-haters, start with white, orange or striped beetroot as they are less intensely beetroot-y but still have lots of beetroot goodness. it’s a great way to get used to beetroot and for those who already love beetroot this makes it even better.
This is smooth, rich, bright, fruity, fragrant, earthy and wonderfully smooth.I always hated beetroot as a child but now I LOVE beetroot juice!
If you don’t have all the ingredients just use the ones you do have. Increase the ingredients you like and if you are getting a cold up the ginger – it works wonders.
Lots of raw unpeeled beetroot (traditional red, striped, white or orange) if they still have the stalks and leaves be sure to include them.
A small amount of whole apples
A similar amount oranges or mandarins – peeled or partially peeled
A small amount of parsnip
About the same or a tad more of Florence (bulb) fennel
And about half as much whole ginger root
A similar amount peeled or partially lemon
Juice it all together and enjoy – don’t forget to share it.
This is really a sort of rough coleslaw made with Brussels Sprouts – as they are in season it’s a pity not to use them.
A good small portion of raw Brussels Sprouts
A smaller portion of each of the following ingredients,
Cold-pressed linseed oil
Lemon juice/apple cider vinegar
Finely sliced or grate all vegetables and place in a bowl.
Next make the Budwig mayonnaise from a portion of linseed oil quark cream by adding a dollop of your favourite seedy mustard, a crushed clove of garlic, a tablespoon chopped mini dill pickled cucumbers, a good squeeze of lemon juice/ACV and enough fruit juice for taste (apple, parsnip and carrot is nice) and to make a soft mayonnaise consistency.
Then stir the mayonnaise into the salad and top with chopped herbs, walnuts and/or colourful fruit – pomegranate looks brilliant and is in season.
This muesli was so good this morning it was like having pudding for breakfast.
I diced half a grapefruit and added freshly ground bronze linseed meal. Then made the Budwig cream to which I added a few drops vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon and a teaspoon of raw honey; dolloped that on the top of the grapefruit and linseed meal and topped the whole thing with some defrosted home-grown raspberries (they are self-seeded and grow like weeds) and pinenuts. Use this for breakfast or lunchtime pudding.
Thank you Dr Budwig… 🙂
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" – Hippocrates