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Juicing – Frequently Asked Questions

Although juicing is a pretty simple operation, there are several practical problems one is usually faced with when trying to prepare healthy juices at home. Here are some common dilemmas people have to deal with when juicing:

Question: Should I Juice Non Organic Foods?

Answer: If you can, always select organically grown vegetables and fruits for your healthy juices. Purchasing organic foods is not always easy, nor is it straightforward. It might take you additional time and energy to find a reliable source of organic food, not to mention theĀ  additional costs.

If you have to use conventional, non-organic produce, make sure you follow one simple rule: always remove the skin of the non-organic vegetables and fruits you are about to juice. The following foods are usually sprayed with pesticides to a considerable degree:

  • celery
  • potatoes
  • spinach
  • peppers
  • apples
  • cherries
  • pears
  • grapes
  • peaches

If you can, buy them organic.

Question: Should I Peel Oranges Before Juicing?

Answer: Yes. Oranges, tangerines and grapefruits should be peeled before juicing. Their skin is not toxic, but it contains oily substances that can cause problems with digestion. The other problem is that if you have non organic oranges, the skin will likely be full of pesticides. So, the best practice is to peel your oranges.

Question: Should I Include the White Pithy Part of Oranges?

Answer: Yes, by all means do so. The pith contains vitamins and important nutrients with antioxidant and anticancer properties. This is also true for lemon and grapefruit pith.

Question: Is Juicing Oranges With Seeds Okay?

Answer: Lemon, grape and melon seeds are typically considered to be safe. Therefore you can safely leave them when making your favorite juices or juice combinations. Lemon seed are actually healthy, as they have traces of salicyclic acid which is the main component part of Aspirin. Grapefruit seed extract is today very popular due to its antifungal, disinfectant and cleansing properties.

Question: Should I Peel Tropical Fruits?

Answer: We always remove their skin. The reason is that tropical fruits are imported from the tropical parts of the world and we have no means of checking how they were produced. As the pesticides are mostly accumulated in the skin, it is always beneficial to remove it prior to juicing. Always peel papayas and mangoes as their skin contains irritants.

Question: What About Juicing Apple Seeds?

Answer: Always remove apple seeds. The reason is simple – the core of the apple seed contains small amounts of toxic substances. If it is accidentally swallowed without chewing – no harm will be done, since the hard coating protects the inner core of the seed. Even if the seeds are chewed or juiced, the amount of toxins is so small, that it would take a lot of apples to do some damage in adults. However, young children may suffer. Hence, it is better to remove the apple seeds before preparing juices. More info here.

Question: Should I be Juicing with Fruits Pits?

Answer: No. You should leave them out. The pits of all drupes – mango, apricot, plum, peaches, cherries should be taken out prior to juicing.

Question: Can I Juice Carrot Greens?

Answer: There is a controversy about the health benefits of carrot tops. Some consider them toxic, but they rather have substances that may cause allergic reaction with some people. In addition, they taste not so great, so the conclusion is – do not juice carrot greens unless you know what you are doing. More info here.

Question: Can I Juice Bananas?

Answer: No, not really. If your juicer recipe contains bananas, the best strategy is to use blender to mix your bananas with the extracted juice from the other fruits or vegetables.

Question: How Long Can I Store Juiced Vegetables?

Answer: The rule of the thumb is up to 24 hours in a refrigerator. But, do not do that too often. Drink your juices withing minutes from extraction. Be aware the the health benefits of many juice combinations may be lost only minutes after the juice was made. If your stored juice has changed color or if it tastes differently, this is an indication of considerable oxidation. Throw it out if you have any doubts in this direction.

6 Comments on Juicing – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. This was really helpful. Thank you so much!

  2. Thanks for dropping by, Pat. Glad you liked the post.

  3. I’m glad I read this page because now I’ll be more careful about how I prepare my fruits for juicing. Thanks for the info.

  4. Hi Diane,

    Thanks for the comment and I wish you a lot of fun with your juicing.

  5. There are lots of good points and tips on all your pages but where is a recipe of what to include or is it just the carrots that you blend/puree/shred ??

  6. Hi Ernie,

    Thanks for the comment. Here are some carrot juice combinations:

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