• Dr. Carney, Another one of our plant-based docs likes to use as an ingredient for some of his soups "carrot juice." He suggests adding this juice will pump up the flavor of the dish. I have hesitated to add this ingredient for the reasons mentioned in this article. Am I being too cautious...

    Dr. Carney, Another one of our plant-based docs likes to use as an ingredient for some of his soups "carrot juice." He suggests adding this juice will pump up the flavor of the dish. I have hesitated to add this ingredient for the reasons mentioned in this article. Am I being too cautious considering the carrot juice is part of a recipe that will have fiber added in terms of legumes or other veggies?

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    • Hello Denise,
      You are hitting on what looks like a grey area based on the fact that they are not asking a person to drink the juice but instead toHello Denise,
      You are hitting on what looks like a grey area based on the fact that they are not asking a person to drink the juice but instead to use it as a flavoring agent. In this case it sounds like the meal will be whole food plant based no oil and be a high natural fiber meal. So, that would be a personal choice you would have to make on whether you wanted to follow the recipe or tweak it a bit to not have the juice in it. I would be interested to know the ratio of juice to all the other ingredients.But, somehow to me this seems like something Dr. Carney would not be too worried about for most people. However, she has different answers for different people depending on the health of the person asking the question. :-)
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    • As long as the carrot juice isn't a substantial percentage of the total calories, it is probably fine for adding flavor. However, I think in mostAs long as the carrot juice isn't a substantial percentage of the total calories, it is probably fine for adding flavor. However, I think in most cases, you could just add whole carrots and just blend them in with the rest of the liquid ingredients and not lose the fiber. Or even better, dice the carrots and add them to the soup. The more we understand the science of the nutrition, the better choices we can make.  More ...
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