Nutritionist Margaux J. Rathbun is back to answer your questions!
This time, she's clearing things up about juicing.
Question: Hi Margaux! I have a fancy juicer that separates the liquid juice from the pulp, but some sources say that isn't good because the pulp is what holds a lot of the nutritional good stuff. Should I forget the juicer and just use a blender? Thanks in advance and great job on the site!
Answer: Thanks for your question! It's always healthiest to eat your fruits and veggies in their entirety (and in raw, organic form), but making homemade juice is a great way to create a healthy and nutritious beverage that the whole family can enjoy. Homemade juice is also a much better alternative to the pre-bottled juices sold in stores, many of which are full of sugar and other additives. Regarding your juicer separating the pulp from the liquid juice; that is pretty normal for a juicer machine. Chances are that you are still getting the majority of nutrients from the juice but do note that pulp is a good source of fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Some people absolutely hate the pulp in their juice but still like to include it in their diet for the health benefits. Here are some other things that you can do with all of that leftover pulp:
- Include it as a tasty thickening agent for soups and stews
- Use the pulp from carrots, garlic, and tomatoes in your pasta sauce
- Pulp from berries, kiwi, mangoes, and peaches can be used as toppings on different dishes (especially good on natural, vanilla ice cream if you want to splurge on a dessert)
- Mix veggie pulp with olive oil and vinegar for a creative salad dressing
- Mix the pulp with Greek yogurt and your favorite spices for a delicious party dip
And more healthy tips including some fun juice and smoothie recipes, be sure to visit Margaux's website HERE!