A common question many avid orange juicer fanatics ask; is orange pulp good for you? And to understand whether it is good for you or not is something that takes a bit of time and research. This definitely is quite a tough question to answer and has been around for quite a while now in both the minds of juicers as well as researchers. However we will try to do our best to break it down for you so you can make your own decision on the matter.
Is Orange Juice with Pulp Better?
What we ask you to do if you still are drinking store bought orange juice rather than fresh squeezed orange juice is pick up a carton of Tropicana orange juice. Pick up one that says pulp free and with pulp, if you notice both the nutrition facts are completely the same. Identical in nutrition without a slight change in difference. However despite that we all should know by now that these nutrition facts that companies produce do not tell us the reality of what we are actually consuming. In fact up to now the nutrition facts we read on labels does not really reflect how each and every body will react to those values since we are all different. For example we know grapes have absolutely no fat content, however eating excessive amounts of grapes will in the end cause you to gain weight and get fat.
So despite the nutrition facts being the same on both the pulp free and pulp full juice, we do believe there is something different in juice with pulp. Scientifically pulp vesicles which are specialized cells that are focused on storing juice, and basically the membrane of those cells is what makes up pulp.
Basically these cells make up about 2.7 percent of the total volume an orange so that means in essence they are not made up of much. Most of what is made up in an orange is basically juice or the peel, however we don’t count the peel because no one really consumes the peel. Let’s look at some of the scientific facts about orange pulp. According to a study carried out by researchers at UCLA orange pulp actually improves antioxidant status and suppresses lipid peroxidation in male rats.
According to Dr. Sarah Chang the head of the research:
“The Benefits of eating oranges with the pulp is demonstrated by an increase in antioxidant status and decrease of peroxidation independent of plasma triaclyglycerol, and cholesterol.”
Orange juice pulp is actually good for you
So as a matter of fact orange pulp is actually good for you, so for those of you who are juicing and love to get the natural orange juice we recommend going for a commercial orange juicer in order to get the best out of your oranges. These kind of juicers are able to keep pulp in.
Pulp contains a ton of flavonoids which are basically a benefit to our body after our body consumes them. The flavanoids do not have a direct effect or immediate effect on the body but rather they stimulate the body’s waste removal systems. As a result we can definitely say that orange juice with pulp is better for you than orange juice without pulp. All though the effects of it are quite indirect and mild they are still existent and if you are a perfectionist in fine tuning your diet, definitely drinking orange juice with pulp is better.
Eating Oranges Vs. Drinking Orange Juice
This is an age old question alot of our readers come to us and are curious to have answered. In our humble opinion it is much easier to drink an 8 oz glass of orange juice that can have totally 3 full oranges squeezed into it rather than just eating an orange whole. It is much easier to down a large glass of orange juice and get the full benefits of the nutrients than to sit there and peel oranges and eat one by one. This can not only get very tiresome but you more than likely will consume less nutrients than usual.
It is also better to drink orange juice over eating oranges because of the fact that the nutrients will get absorbed a lot faster. If you want that immediate energy boost or you want that immediate nutrient intake, then it is much better for you to actually drink orange juice. This we say with confidence as it is tried and tested.
We know many of you guys who read our blog our avid orange juicers and are picky in getting a machine that squeezes the most out of your citrus fruit. In our opinion if you want to really get the best nutrients from your oranges than you would want to pick up a machine that has good pulp content. Just like how every penny counts, so does every nutrient!