Juicing is a great way to get concentrated nutrients into your diet. Should you leave the skin on the fruits and vegetables you juice? Some say yes. Some say no. It seems the decision isn’t that simple. Here’s a few points to consider before you include peels in your juice. Plus, is that what you should really be concerned about? You be the judge.
Taking the skin off could eliminate some pesticides.
If you don’t buy organic produce, pesticide residue on fruits and veggies could make juicing a moot point. In other words, why juice for health if you’re going to include chemicals in your diet? Of course, you should always wash produce before juicing it. Unfortunately, some pesticides cling. Plus, there is the wax coating. So, if you plan to leave the skins on, be sure to wash produce thoroughly before juicing.
Oh, sure. You didn’t notice how shiny those conventionally grown apples are? How about those cucumbers? You didn’t really think mother nature was responsible for that, did you? A wax coating is added to some fruits and veggies. It’s supposed to make them look more appetizing and last longer. Peeling or scrubbing them vigorously helps eliminate it from your diet. Who wants to eat wax?
What if you buy all organic?
Good for you. Sticking to organics keeps pesticides and chemical fertilizers out of your juice. Or does it? If produce isn’t labeled 100% organic, it’s not. That’s right. It can say organic and not be completely organic. Of course, if the label says it’s 100% organic, you’re good to go, right? Not so fast. You should still wash your produce before juicing it. How many people have touched it before, during and after it hits the store?
The skin is gone, no problems, right?
What about genetically modified produce? Skin off or skin on, there are issues with juicing GMO’s. Why? Because the pesticides are part of the makeup of the produce. Yup, they’re built in. So, whether you remove the skin or not, you still get the pesticides. Too bad there’s no rules about labeling GMO produce.
That’s right. There is no current U.S. law that says GMO produce has to be labeled. Really, you have no idea whether your produce contains GMOs. This is starting to get complicated now, isn’t it?
The skin is healthy too.
See, I told you it wasn’t that simple. A lot of the nutritional value in fruits and veggies is lurking just below the skin. Some is in the skin itself. So, when you remove the skin before juicing, you also remove valuable nutrients. Therefore, barring GMOs, pesticides, fertilizers and wax, it’s probably better to leave produce skin on when juicing.
Are there no exceptions?
Sure, you can grow your own produce. It’s really the only way to be sure there are no chemicals or manipulations involved. You can freely juice those fruits and veggies, skin and all with no dire consequences.
Say, you don’t live near a farm that uses GMO’s do you?
GMO’s can migrate right into your garden. Once they do, your crops could contain GMO’s too. Isn’t that special? Plus, The company that holds the patents on those GMO crops could sue you. Monsanto has sued farmers for growing their toxic nightmare creation by migration. Wow! So, the bigger issue here is not whether to skin your produce before juicing. It’s whether any food is safe to eat at all anymore.
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