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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,