Is there any nutirtional difference between orange juice with pulp versus orange juice without?
We all know that orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C, but it turns out that OJ with pulp provides a slew of additional benefits.
Higher pulp orange juice is more nutritious than no-pulp varieties because of the flavonoids contained in the pulp. Eating foods that contain flavonoids “neutralizes the oxidative and inflammatory stress generated by the unhealthy food and helps prevent blood vessel damage” according to a University at Buffalo study. The study also concluded that orange juice “prevented a significant increase in SOCS-3, an important mediator of insulin resistance, which contributes to development of type 2 diabetes.”
Flavonoids have also been shown to “prevent cancerous cell development, enhance capillaries, [and] work as anti-inflammatories.” In addition, flavonoids are both antiallergenic and antimicrobial – meaning they don’t aggravate allergies and destroy microorganisms that might carry disease. Flavonoid consumption also decreases the risk of cardiac problems and a handful of other disorders.
So, next to eating a fresh ripe orange, orange juice with pulp is the second-best option.