Preparing Produce for Juicing

jucing girl fibromyalgiaJuicing is an easy way to make delicious drinks that can boost your health and help you treat a number of disorders.  By following these guidelines, you will ensure that your juices are as pure, nutrient-rich, and appetizing as possible:

  • Whenever possible, buy and use organically grown produce—produce that is grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.  This prevents chemical residues from ending up in your juice.
  • If you unable to obtain organically grown fruits and vegetables, peel or thoroughly wash the produce, using a vegetable brush to remove chemical residues and waxes.  Most health food stores carry vegetable washes that will help remove any residues.  Always read labels and always buy natural products free from harmful chemicals and other contaminants that are toxic to the body.
  • When purchasing potatoes for juicing, avoid those with a green tint, and be sure to remove any sprouts or eyes.  The chemical solanine, which gives the potato its green cast, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
  • When using organically grown produce, feel free to leave the skin on in most cases.  Do remove the skin, though before juicing apricots, grapefruits, kiwis, oranges, bananas, papayas, peaches, and pineapples.  The skins of oranges and grapefruits are quite bitter, and also contain a toxic substance that should not be consumed in large amounts.  Because kiwis and papayas are tropical fruits, their skins are likely to contain residues of the harmful sprays often used in foreign countries, where some chemicals outlawed in the United States may still be legal.  The skins of pineapples are too thick to be processed by most juicers.
  • When using fruits, leave in small seeds, except when using apples.  Apple seeds actually contain cyanide, a toxic substance.  Because of their size and hardness, all pits must be removed.
  • Juice most produce with stems and leaves intact.  However, remove carrot and rhubarb greens, as they contain toxic substances.
  • When using soft fruits that contain very little water—avocados, bananas, and papayas, for instance—puree the fruits in a blender rather than using a juicer.  Then stir the puree into other juices.
  • Remember to rotate vegetables and fruits so you get a variety of nutrients.

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