5 Incredible Parsnip Juice Benefits
Parsnip Juice? Yep, that's right, it's possible to make parsnip juice. In fact if you have the right juicer, you can practically juice anything you wish.
Why? Because there are numerous health benefits to parsnips, so if you can save time by juicing them, then why not?
Parsnips may not be one of the more popular ingredients for juicing out there but it’s actually very nutritious and beneficial to your health. Scientifically known as Pastinaca sativa, parsnips are part of the root vegetable family and look like white carrots.
If you’ve never eaten parsnip before, it tastes somewhat like carrots except that it’s nuttier and sort of like grassy.
I wasn’t very fond of drinking parsnip juice at first but after experimenting with several different recipes, I was able to make a couple of delicious concoctions (See further down below to find out).
Benefits of Parsnips
Here are 5 main benefits of drinking parsnip juice:
#1 Excellent Nutritional Benefits
Parsnips are rich in zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, folate, magnesium and phosphorous. It also has high fiber content along with vitamins C, B, K and E.
According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Newcastle, this vegetable has high anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce the risk of some cancers. Its active component, falcarindiol, also destroys cancer cells.
#3 Regulates Blood Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels
The high soluble fiber content in parsnip helps in lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar. So for people who need to control their blood sugar, parsnip juice may be a great remedy.
In fact, parsnips have been used as sweetener in lieu of sugar. But it’s important to note that you still need to use it sparingly especially if you are diabetic. Parsnips, after all, have a high glycemic index just like most starchy foods.
#4 Protects Cardiovascular Health
Because parsnips contain Vitamin K and folate, consuming it can aid in the prevention of cardiovascular problems including atherosclerosis and stroke.
#5 Strengthens the Immune System
Parsnips can give the body 13% of the required daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C, which supports the immune system. Vitamin C is also a well known antioxidant that can get rid of toxins and free radicals in the body.
There are many other benefits of drinking parsnip juice regularly. Because of the nutrients it contains, regular drinkers of this juice also have better nervous system functions, have a lowered risk of hearing loss, age-related vision loss and depression.
Moreover, because it is also rich in dietary fiber, drinking parsnip juice can prevent hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and obesity.
How to Juice Parsnip
If the benefits of drinking this juice have somehow convinced you to try it, here’s a step by step guide on how to juice parsnip.
First, you’ll need to prepare the following ingredients:
- 2 Parsnips
- 4 Medium sized pears
- 4 Celery sticks
- Wash all the ingredients in running water.
- Trim the parsnips and celery sticks.
- Cut the ingredients into bite sized pieces.
- Then process them using your juicer. Start with the parsnip, followed with the celery and end with the pear.
- Serve over ice.
Of course, you can use parsnips as the solitary ingredient in your juice but if it’s your first time to try it, you may want to add a few other ingredients to make the taste more pleasant.
The taste of parsnip is sweet (like the taste of carrots) however it can be a bit full on so mixing it with other ingredients like pears, celery, apples, and spinach is recommended.
Tips and Tricks for Juicing Parsnips
1) When you are selecting parsnips, make sure to pick cream colored ones that are of good weight and firm to the touch. If you get an over-ripe parsnip, it becomes more woody and is difficult to juice.
2) When preparing your parsnips for juicing, rinse it in running water and remove the tail and top. If it’s organic then you don’t need to peel it. However, if it’s just a regular parsnip, then peeling the skin is a must.
3) Parsnips contain fewer calories than carrots so if you’re trying to lose weight, then using it as an alternative to carrots is a good idea. After all, parsnips are just as nutritious as carrots and can really aid you in improving the health of your body and skin.
4) Giving parsnip juice to those with asthma has also been known to improve bronchial tube functioning.
Parsnips are frequently overlooked as a juicing ingredient and they really shouldn’t be. Mix it with other juices to create healthy and delicious concoctions for you and your loved ones.
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