Juice pulp- Health from waste

Now you keep getting get to read a lot on juices but what do you do the waste obtained. The waste too has its benefits. Read on to learn more.

The juicer pulp is a side product of juicing. Most people throw this vegetable and fruit pulp away after they have made their juice. There are however many uses that you can put your juicer pulp to.

If you have a juicer that is efficient at extracting juice then the pulp that is left will be fairly dry, poorer juicers will extract less juice and leave a wetter pulp. The type of produce you are juicing will also influence the wetness of the pulp. Both wet and dry will contain a large amound of dietary fibre or ‘roughage’.

Juicer pulp recipes are very high in dietary fibre. The wetness of the pulp can also depend on what type if fruit is used. 
By adding the juicer pulp to meal recipes we will increase the dietary fibre levels of these recipes. Adequate levels of dietary fibre are sadly missing in many 21st century diets and this is causing many digestive disorders.

Juicing removes the great majority of fibre from fruits and vegetables and it is collected in the pulp. This means that drinking juice as well as consuming the pulp (not at the same time) is an ideal way to get both the benefits of high nutrient levels in the juice as well as high fibre levels from the pulp.

The pulp can add bulk to recipes and help retain moisture in the dishes we prepare.

Carrot and apple pulp muffins are a delicious way in which to use the juicer pulp to create a tasty treat. Carrot cake is another traditional recipe that can easily be converted to Carrot Pulp Cake.

Soft fruits often leave a wetter pulp than hard produce such as carrots or apples and so the flavour left in the pulp is often more intense. These soft fruits such as the various forms of berries, grape etc can be easily mixed with a little water and frozen to make delicious ice pops that are free from colourings, flavourings and the horrendous amounts of processed sugar syrups that are found in many commercial versions of the ice pop.

Soft fruit pulp is also great for adding into your own home made ice creams and sorbets or for using as dessert toppings.

If you don’t have time to make up some of the tasty treats mentioned above on the day of juicing then you can simply put the pulp in a container / freezer bag and freeze the pulp until you are ready to use it. The nutritional properties of freshly made juice are at their peak straight away and the nutritional value rapidly declines due to oxidation of enzymes. The fibrous nature of juicer pulp on the other hand will not rapidly decline.

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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4 Responses to Juice pulp- Health from waste

  1. Jenny May 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm #

    I am wondering is there any other goodness in carrot pulp besides fibre. Could you email me? Thanks from Jenny.

  2. Sanjana - Dietitian May 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm #

    Carrots are rich in beta carotene, a precursor to generate Vitamin A. Hence carrots can provide you with vitamin A which is good for the eyes, skin, immunity etc. So you can eat carrots for better eye sight and good looking skin and also helps in preventing cancers of various organs and maintaining blood sugars in Diabetes.

  3. T.S.SUNDARAM February 24, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    JUICE PULP. HEALTH FROM WASTE.

    The juice pulp that we always throw away mercilessily after the juice is extracted, is also highly nutritious.No body cares for this excellant and good quality fibre. We pay through our nose a high price for the fruits and vegetables and after the juice is extracted ,collected and consumed to the last drop carefully, discard the pulp. Please do not throw away the nutritious pulp, but recycle them and make the best use of them. How do you do it?.

    Here is a way. At the juice extraction stage itself, remove all the seeds and when you finally obtain the pulp after extraction of the juice, put back in the blender the pulp and make a paste out of it. Separately in a vessel, boil the rquired quantity of jaggery . When fully dissolved, filter it and remove all impurities and boil the resultant jaggery water. When it becomes thick in consistency, add the mass which is in paste form and stir well. You can add also a little ginger powder and cardomom powder for taste and stir well. When you get finally the mixture in thick consistency in the form of a Jam, remove from fire , cool and transfer in a bottle , keep it in the fridge and use it as Bread spread or for chappathis or in any other way you want to use it.

    Please try this once and let me know through this column how you like it.I have personally prepared it and have not wasted the pulp.Please take care to use sufficient jaggery for the above preparation.

    I am waiting to hear the comments from all readers.

  4. prince kelly August 30, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    thank u very much for the great insight u’ve given me on how to use de fruit pulp.will try it and get back to you.we can communicate through my email: mail2pkelly@yahoo.com

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