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.
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.
This is a great dessert to serve if you are entertaining, it’s quick to make, it is much lighter and healthier, and most people prefer it to the traditional cream based Eton Mess.
2 tablespoons Gold Linseeds
Quark-Linseed Oil Cream (made from 150 g quark and 75 ml cold-pressed linseed oil thoroughly blended and optionally sweetened with 1 teaspoon Honey and or stevia)
Half a pear and half a banana sliced (or other fruit)
Raspberries and/or sliced strawberries
A little fresh fruit juice
A pinch of ground vanilla
A dusting of cinnamon (optional)
Macadamia nuts or lightly toasted sliced almonds
Grind the linseeds to a fine powder in a dedicated electric coffee grinder and place in a bowl. Add sliced fruit and juice. Mix the quark-linseed cream with vanilla and heap up in bowl. Add the raspberries and stir everything lightly. Top with nuts and an optional dusting of cinnamon.
1 portion of Quark-Linseed Oil Cream (made from 100 g quark and 3 tablespoons cold-pressed linseed oil thoroughly blended and optionally sweetened with 1 teaspoon Honey; see recipe)
A portion of raw seasonal fruit
1-2 cups freshly made juice,
spices, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, etc to taste
Make the quark-linseed oil cream as usual but in this instance milk isn’t essential but make sure it is thoroughly blended and the oil is fully incorporated. Grind the linseeds to a fine powder in a dedicated electric coffee grinder and place in a blender with the fruit, berries, spices and fresh juice, whiz until smooth. Then add the quark-linseed oil cream and blend briefly add more juice if required.
Variations: From this basic recipe, the only limit is your imagination!
Vary the fruits and spices according to the seasons and what tickles your tastebuds that day.
Leave out the honey, make savoury smoothies instead – a sort of chilled vegetable soup.
Try a Budwig Borscht with beetroot, chives, celery, caraway, apple & nettle juice and a pinch of cayenne!
It might seem too good to be true but you can have ice cream on the Budwig diet. When made with the fat-free quark, it is cholesterol-free and rich in the good fat omega-3. You can use this recipe for an interesting way to have the linseed oil-quark cream instead of a muesli-style dessert.
This ice cream was created by Johanna Budwig. It has got to be the all-time easiest home-made ice-cream recipe, the result is creamy, smooth and absolutely delicious – and is probably one of the healthiest ice creams ever. It is a great treat, especially for anyone wanting to eat more healthily or with concerns about cholesterol, and it’s a good option for tempting a patient with a flagging appetite.
Vanilla Ice Cream
100 g quark
45 g linseed (flax) oil
50g skimmed milk
1 tablespoon raw natural honey
Scant 1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground vanilla (or vanilla seeds or extract – not flavouring – to taste)
Simply blend and freeze.
Enjoy with fresh fruits, berries and nuts.
Chocolate Ice Cream: add 1 tablespoon cocoa powder to the mix above and blend. Particularly good with ripe pears and chopped Brazil nuts
Blueberry Ice Cream: add 3 tablespoons blueberries and blend, then fold in a handful of chopped walnuts. Good with sliced peaches and almonds.
Raspberry Ice Cream: add 3 tablespoons of raspberries and blend.
Banana Ice Cream: mash a ripe banana and blend, great with fresh strawberries and mixed nuts.
Try your own variations with different fruit purees and juices, seeds and berries. Who would have thought linseed oil ice cream would taste this good?