Best Ingredients for Juicing & main benefits

When we first by our juicer we are all full of good intentions of eating and drinking healthily.  However, once we’ve bought our shiny, new juicer we then find ourselves scratching our heads looking for foods to juice.

large pile of fresh fruit and vegetables

Well here’s your guide below to help you decide exactly which foods are best to juice and what types of fruits and vegetables can be combined together for the best flavours and top health benefits.

Best Fruit & Veg for your Juicer & benefits

Apple

apple fruit

High In:  This house hold favourite and popular snack fruit is rich in Folic acid, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, potassium, pectin and phosphorous, as well as being high in copper, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and vitamin E.

Benefits Include

Benefits:
  • Delicious
  • Good Antioxidant
  • Ideal cleanser
  • Good base liquid
  • Immune booster
  • Reduce risk of cancer
  • Helpful for diabetes
  • No fat or cholesterol

Downside:
  • Excess could lead to weight gain
  • May contribute towards enamel erosion
  • May have pesticides on them unless organic

Summary

The positives of an apple far outweigh the negatives as far as I’m concerned.  This nutritious, vitamin C packed fruit is an ideal base liquid and suitable for adding different types of fruit and vegetables to it.

Word of caution

As with many acidic fruits, it is often recommended to swish your mouth with water a short while after consuming to help prevent any build up of acid on your teeth.  This can lead to enamel erosion, plaque builds up and eventually, possible tooth loss.

Apricot

apricot fruit cut in half

High In:  Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, papain, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, flavonoids, iron, zinc and B vitamins.

Benefits:
  • Good antioxidant
  • Excellent cleanser
  • Immune booster
  • Ideal for mixing with apple, water or lemon juice

Downside:
  • Excess consumption of Apricot seeds may produce symptoms of cyanide poisoning

Summary

A delightfully fresh and tasty summer fruit that tastes great combined with most fruits to make a delicious juice.  High in nutritional benefits, this fruit can make drinking juices enjoyable and refreshing.

Word of Caution

Very sweet drink but excess consumption can be quite sickly.  Enjoy it but don’t get too carried away

Artichoke (globe)

artichoke

High In:  Magnesium, Phosphorous, sodium, potassium, folic acid, beta-carotene, vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Benefits:
  • Good antioxidant
  • Excellent cleanser of the liver
  • Diuretic
  • Ideal for lowering cholesterol
  • Good for indigestion

Downside:
  • Artichokes could make gall stones worse by increasing bile flow

Summary

Must always be bought fresh whenever possible.  The tinned version is quite mushy and basically, yuck!  This post is going to try and explain the taste but i can’t….  They have a unique taste but for easiness just buy a small amount from your supermarket and try them yourself.  You maybe a fan.

Word of Caution

As mentioned above, a word of caution if you have gall stone problems as they have been reported to increase the flow of bile.

Avocado

avocado

High In:  Vitamin E, potassium, monosaturated fat, and Vitamin B.

Benefits:
  • Known as ‘Complete food’ (because of lots of benefits)
  • Heals wounds
  • Delays hunger cravings
  • High in Vit E
  • Recommended for cardiovascular disease
  • Immune booster

Downside:
  • Be careful when cutting

Summary

Contains Oleic Acid and this has been known to ward off hunger pains, meaning that you could use it to snack on in between meals to warn off those binge eating temptations.

Word of Caution

A rather odd word of caution. Did you know that when avocados first began to be trendy that there was a large increase in knife related injuries?  They have a large brown stone in the middle and when the knife touches it slips pasts it and, OUCH!

Banana

Banana

High In:  Vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, zinc & finally, B vitamins

Benefits:
  • Tasty juice to mix others too
  • High levels of folate (Vit B)
  • Boosts energy
  • Good to have by your side as a snack

Downside:
  • Excessive consumption can cause headaches and sleepiness

Summary

There’s not many of us that don’t like a Banana.  We all eat them at various stages of its life, whether it’s a bit on the green side, a nice yellow colour or black (no thanks).

Word of Caution

Excessive consumption of Bananas can add to tooth decay.  Don’t get to carried away with the ‘natural sugar’ tag that is attributed to fruit.  It’s still a sugar, will still rot your teeth and will still add pounds if you eat too many.

Beetroot

One of my favourites…….

beetroot

High In:  Folate, folic acid, soluble fibre.

Benefits:
  • Great for pregnant women
  • Low in calories and fat
  • Can lower blood sugar and cholesterol

Downside:
  • Can turn your urine & stools purple/red

Summary

A beetroot can be used for a variety of purposes.  Sunday lunch, salads, juicing, pickling and roasting, whatever you use them for they don’t let you down.

Word of Caution

Be careful with the juice as it can stain both clothes and your skin.