Juicing Organic vs. Non-Organic

by Nicole Graves on July 12, 2013

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Juicing organic vs. non-organic

One of the biggest complaints about juicing is that it is TOO expensive.  Many people don’t juice because they think that they have to juice ALL organic produce.  While juicing organic fruits and vegetables is the optimal choice, it is not the only choice. 

In my opinion, some juice is better than no juice at all! Like I said, juicing all organic is what we should strive for, but let’s face it everyone can’t do organic all time. Juicing non-organic still has many benefits. Juicing any type of fruit or vegetable will provide your body with pure nutrients in a more easily absorbable form than you get from eating the produce alone. This concept doesn’t change just because the produce is not organic.

If you are going to juice non-organic produce do the following:

  1. Make sure you scrub all produce with more than just water. You can use a homemade produce cleaner using lemon, vinegar, and salt (I posted a recipe in the FAQs section of the blog).
  2. Cut off the tops, tails, and peel the skins of the produce.  Yes,  the juicing process is likely to take a little longer, but removing the skins from non-organic fruits and veggies is a must.   We absorb enough pollutants and chemicals from the environment and processed foods without adding to the intake of toxins. Yes, you will lose some key nutrients by removing the skin, but you are not losing everything. An added bonus about juicing is that a lot of the pesticides are stored in the fiber of the fruits and veggies. When juicing, you separate the fiber from the juice and discard the contaminated portion.
  3. You can also do a combination of organic and non-organic juicing. Buy organic fruits from the list of the 2013 Dirty Dozen (Plus 2). The Dirty Dozen is a list of produce that you are STRONGLY encouraged to buy organic whenever possible because they are sprayed with several pesticides. You can find the full list in my free eBook, Juicy Bits.  Conversely, you can buy non-organic from produce listed on the Clean 15 list. The Clean 15 is a list of the least contaminated produce.
  4. If juicing organic vs. non-organic really worries you, then consider starting your own small organic garden to ensure that your fruits and vegetables are non-GMO, organic, local, and fresh!   Seeds are cheap, and you don’t need a lot of space to grow a small garden.   

Remember, if you are buying non-organic just make sure that you are not purchasing genetically modified produce. You don’t want to eat or juice that at all! 

Go to your destiny,

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Regina July 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

In addition I would just like to add that if you are going to grown your own veggies and fruit via a garden make sure you buy organic heirloom seeds….even some seeds I’ve heard can be gmo….don’t know if this is true but why chance it, just buy organic seeds.

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Shirley July 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm

What is genetically modified produce.?

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Nicole Graves July 15, 2013 at 3:40 am

Genetically modified organisms (Gmos) are foods that are derived from organisms whose genetic material has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally, e.g. through the introduction of a gene from a different organism. They have been engineered and studies indicate they cause disease.

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pool September 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

great article, thank you! i have had the debate and have come to the conclusion that i will strive to look for local organic first.. if i cannot then i will get local non organic. my question is in regards to your source for a statement above. I have searched but cannot find a source for the sentence: “… a lot of the pesticides are stored in the fiber of the fruits and veggies.”

I hate to bother you about it, but if you could please provide yours i would greatly appreciate it. Reason is, i wasn’t aware of that before reading your article and if i incorporate that into a paper I’m writing i’d like to reference the source.

Thank you kindly :)

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Nicole Graves September 15, 2013 at 4:20 am

Thanks for reading article! I learned that the pesticides are stored in teh fiber of the fruits and veggies from Jay Kordich, I can’t remember if it was an article, a book or a course that I took from him.

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christie September 24, 2013 at 2:13 am

I would just like to know if you were to buy some non organic items to keep cost’s down how you would know whether the vegetables are gmos or not?

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Nicole Graves September 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Hey Christie, great question! Read my post on the stickers on fruits and vegetables. It will help you sort it out.

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Jessica April 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Hi, I have plenty nutritious vegetables including beet greens, kale and fresh spinach, carrots etc. My only problem is none of it is organic. I just found out I’m pregnant (today!) and I really want to use them up. Would it be ok if I peel all the vegetables that are peel-able (not greens, obviously) and juice them with my Omega juicer?? I have a 5 1/2 month old baby and I breastfeed her. I got all the vegetables n greens originally to fight off a possible mastitis/clogged duct infection I had last week. I’m over it now cuz I jumped on it quickly by drinking nutritious organic chicken broth, plenty of water, no sugar, and barley green powder along with Vit C!!

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Nicole Graves April 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

Yes. just clean them thoroughly and remove peels

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