Stop juicing

I don’t mean like this guy.

I mean your possibly usual morning ritual of running an apple, kale, spinach and who knows what else through a juicer.

Why?

You’re better off blending.

That’s the findings from a slightly old study that gets new life via NPR this week:

What they found is the blended juice had significantly higher levels of beneficial phytonutrients compared to the juice made with a juicer (the electric juicer and hand juicer had about the same levels).

In particular, the blended juice had about a seven-fold higher content of a compound called naringin.

[snip]

The authors of the paper tell The Salt they did not expect such a significant difference.

“Yes, I was indeed surprised and so was everyone in the lab,” Rammohan Uckoo, a researcher at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M, tells us by email.

So, what explains the difference? “The blended juice had the highest pulp content, which corresponds to the maximum levels of naringin,” Uckoo says.

In addition, the blended juice contained more of the fruit’s segment membranes — those white layers of papery fiber that line the outside of each segments — which have higher concentrations of flavonoids.

Or put another way: All that stuff left over in your juicer? It’s good for you.

Posted by Steve

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