I receive a great deal of questions via email; from recipe advice to cooking preparations. But the topic that comes up the most in recent emails is the topic of juicing. I love juicing, it’s no secret; just take one look at my Instagram feed and you’ll see! The juicing questions run the gamut from what to juice with what, to what juicer to buy and everything in between; but I recently received a question that I knew I had to answer here because it’s very important.
“Bianca, I’m new to juicing and also a very busy mom of two; I recently lost 15lbs and now I want to start juicing. I was wondering, since I’m so low on time, can I juice my fruits and vegetables with skins on? I don’t buy organic food (it’s a bit too costly at the moment), so I want to know whether I should be peeling all my produce? I plan juicing for myself and my girls and I want to make sure that I’m doing it right. I’m hoping you’ll say I don’t have to peel them; but I’m willing to do whatever you say, because I want to get the most out of my juicing.”
Well, Tammy, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is absolutely imperative that you peel all your produce if you aren’t buying organic. I know buying organic can get quite pricey and depending on where you live the price of organic food can be downright astronomical; so if you are going to juice conventional produce it is essential to peel it all- I know, so time consuming, but here’s why.
Most conventional produce has been sprayed with waxes, preservatives, pesticides and the like. Here’s what I saw on a package of mandarin oranges at the grocery store:
“Treated to maintain freshness in transport with one of more of the following: Thiabendazole, Imazalil, Fludioxonil and coated with food grade natural resins and/or vegetable wax.”
Scary, to think that there is so much more to that mandarin then what meets the eye.
Now I’m not sure about you but I don’t want that stuff in my body- HELL NO! By juicing the toxic skins, you turn what can be an amazing vitality promoting product (fresh juice) into toxic swill. So although you have a little bit more preparation to do prior to juicing, I think the health of you and your babies is worth the extra work- I know you agree!
I hope this helps Tammy (and whoever else was wondering)!