Question:

I have been reading your book, The Whole Heart Solution. I was wondering what your thoughts were regarding Dr. Esselstyn's no juice or smoothies. I noticed that you encourage both in your book. Do you feel that ideally, someone who has had a massive heart attack would be better off staying away from the juice and smoothies and chewing their fruits and vegetables?

Answer:

I would not connect smoothies and juicing to actually having a heart attack. No way. Dr Esselstyn wants us to chew our veggies to activate a system that makes more nitric oxide in our bodies. I imagine if you chew juice or a smoothie the same thing happens. But ditch the fish and oil. 

Joel Kahn MD

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