Home juicing has been receiving some popularity in recent times due to its numerous benefits. Despite the temptation of trying anything, you should not juice some produce despite the temptation. Some of them could be harmful to you, devoid of nutrients, or could be damaging to the juicers utility and life.
Juicing is beneficial! Besides enabling you to infuse important vegetable and fruit nutrients directly into your body, it allows you to extract valuable components from plants and fruits that would otherwise be impossible to consume. Moreover, juicing enables you to derive the full benefits of fruit and vegetable juice extract as the vitamins and minerals therein have not been denatured by cooking.
With the adventures associated with juicing, there is no fixed recipe for juicing. In fact, everyone has a favorite juice composition. While some people are inclined to like juice from several veggies, others prefer simple juices. However, it pays to start with simple recipes and gradually progress to complex options.
The following is a list of some vegetables and fruits that you should not juice in your adventure.
1. Do not Juice Cooked Produce
The distinguishing factor of freshly pressed farm juice is that it’s extracted from raw produce. You should not juice anything that is already cooked because it will most probably clog your juicer machine. Always focus on raw farm produce.
Many people don’t know that you can juice potatoes. Instead of frying or steaming all your potatoes, you can peel and chop them into thin slices for juicing. Of course, they are best juiced with one or two varieties of leafy veggies like kale or spinach.
2. Stale Farm Produce
The best vegetables and fruits for juicing are those that are fresh as they have the maximal nutrient value. They are supple, and they contain enough moisture to produce fresh and plentiful juice. You should not juice stale produce will only yield stale juice, and very little of it since the veggies and fruits are most likely flaccid (lack enough water).
Have you ever tried juicing carrot that has stayed for too long? Yeah, it’s like trying to nail jelly to a tree. In fact, the whole produce ends up in the pulp collector. Stale kale also contains very little juice. Always go for fresh farm produce to get the optimal juice quantity and quality.
3. Hard Nuts
Any produce that goes into your juicer should ensure that the juicing mechanism is easy. Although some high-end juicers handle extreme produce, anything overly hard will cause your juicer machine to wear off sooner than it should.
Although you should not juice some nuts like coconut, consider scrapping them off before juicing for the process to be hastened and the juice extractor to remain intact.
However soft a banana is, you should not juice it because it contains no juice to extract. What about all its valuable nutrients? Right, you can’t just forego about all the potassium, manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C it provides. The best way is to consume a banana as a whole fruit. Alternatively, you can toss it into a blender together with your veggie juice.
This way, you’ll enjoy its health perks like promoting muscular operation and regulating the heartbeat beside using it as a sweetener for the more not-so-tasty vegetable juices. Besides, you will get to enjoy the benefits of its dietary fiber.
5. Apple Seeds
Although apples are some of the best fruits to juice due to their ease of juicing (you can simply throw the whole fruit into the feeder chute), you should not juice their seeds. They should be eliminated from the equation because they naturally contain a small amount of arsenic and amygdalin.
The Journal of Food Chemistry showed that these could be could be detrimental to your health. Apple seeds are also slightly hard on juicers and excluding them will give your juicer an easier task.
Avocado is one the sweetest and most nutritious fruits available this side of the sun. In fact, avocado is a super food as it contains about two dozen essential nutrients including B-vitamins, vitamin E, potassium, pantothenic acid and folic acid including health supplements like its fats. Just like banana, avocado contains no extractable juice you should not juice it. However, it is an ideal fruit for blending.
7. Do not Juice Carrot Greens
The green carrot tops are inedible and toxic and should not juice whatever the juicing mistake you might make. Cut them off before juicing your carrots. Keep in mind that you don’t need to peel carrots before juicing as you’ll be throwing away very valuable nutrients. Simply wash them well, and you are good to go.
Figs are among the world’s most delicious fruits. Although a very fleshy fruit, you may not juice it because its juice is practically inseparable from the fiber. Nonetheless, they are perfect smoothie components enabling you to enjoy the sweetness, nutrients, and associated fiber benefits.
Rhubarb contains appealing stalks that are can only be juiced using powerful juicers but are pretty hard to most of the simple juicers. However, rhubarb leaves are very poisonous and should be avoided at all costs. If you must juice rhubarb, use only the tender inner parts- it may necessitate peeling if you want to go easy on your juicer.
Rhubarb contains oxalic acid, a compound that, in high concentrations in the bloodstream, has been shown to coalesce with iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium and potassium in the intestines and inhibit the uptake of these useful elements. Oxalic acid is also an enemy of kidney stones. Anyone diagnosed with this condition should avoid juicing it.
Leeks are stringy vegetables that are very troublesome to juice. They can only be juiced using a powerful juicer, and even then, they still cause frequent jamming to the juicer machine. Besides, leeks produce very little juice for a substantial stock of produce and it is better when not juiced.
For leek juice fanatics, those who must juice leeks, it’s advisable to use only the inner layers as they are tender than the outer thus easier to juice. You may have to peel off the outer layers to access the softer inner parts.
11. Overripe Mangoes
Mangoes are not only sweet but nutritious too. Although they make quite an impressive and colorful juice, they can only be juiced when they are starting to ripen- when they are still firm but not too hard to the touch.
Try juicing them earlier, and they may cripple your juicer. Moreover, when they are overly ripe they’ll jam your juicer, so you only have a very tight seasonal opening for juicing.
Don’t despair though- mangoes make spectacular smoothies. At whatever stage of their ripening cycle, whip them up in a blender, and you’ll be amazed by their glorious smoothies. Overall, you should not juice the overly ripe ones.
Technically, eggplant can be juiced, but it has an awful aftertaste. This vegetable contains solanine, a compound that’s poisonous in excessive concentrations so you may want to desist from consuming it raw in large quantities. To be on the safe side, you should not juice it too.
13. Winter Squash
Although very delicious, winter squash is extremely difficult to juice- unless you chop it into very small pieces. And we all know how hard cutting raw winter squash is. A plausible way to derive its unique sweetness and nutrients is through light steaming. When you cannot juice it, you can make it into a soup or smoothie.
14. Do not Juice Ripe Peaches
Like mangoes, you will do well to get peaches at the right time if you want them for juicing. Over-ripe ones look juicy, lovely and are very delicious but are unsuitable for juicing because they are too soft.
If you must juice peaches, go for the hard ones that wouldn’t even consider eating. The ripe ones are worthy for blending options and not juicing.
15. Wild Parsnips
Wild-growing parsnips are known to contain several toxins and are thus poisonous if consumed full or juiced. Do not juice naturally growing parsnips; just go for cultivated ones if you need to extract parsnip juice.
16. Ripe Papaya
You should not juice ripe papayas since they are good for making smoothies. Their softness might clog your juicer machine. Besides, their seeds have a strong spicy flavor that’s not a favorite of everyone so you may need to scrape them off before making the smoothie.
However, you can’t afford to overlook papayas’ sweetness, valuable nutrients, and important phytochemicals. If you really crave papaya juice, opt for a firm papaya that is just ripening- it will juice well, but you will need a very strong juicer machine to juice the whole fruit, peels included.
17. Citrus Rinds
A majority of citrus fruits’ peels contain indigestible oils that cause stomach discomfort. You should not juice the whole fruit like grapes or oranges. Instead, you should peel off the rinds before juicing. However, it’s fine to juice whole lemons and limes as they don’t contain harmful oils.
18. Lots of Raw Kale
Raw kale is a goitrogen- it inhibits iodine uptake by the thyroid gland and may cause health complications like a goiter. Besides, raw kale juice is bitter and must be sweetened using juice extracts from other veggies or fruits like apples and carrots. If you must have kale juice, take small amounts and don’t take it frequently. It should also be taken with other veggie juices.
19. A Lot of Sweet Fruits and Vegetables
Sweet fruits (like citruses including oranges and grapefruits among others) and sweet veggies like carrots produce juice with high concentrations of fruit and vegetable sugars. Fructose (fruit sugar) is known for heightening blood sugar to inappropriate levels and may, therefore, cause kidney complications and result in serious health implications like diabetes.
The best way to partake of fruits’ minerals and nutrients is using very small amounts of fruit produce as veggie juice sweeteners. They should rarely be the main ingredient in juicing. Alternatively, you can eat the fruits and sweet veggies like carrots and beets whole- you’ll also be introducing valuable dietary fiber in your body.
Some farm produce, however nutritious or delicious, will be more helpful if consumed whole or when integrated into smoothies and soups. The best produce for juicing is the organically grown type although costly. Still, juicing is an adventure lane that majorly relies on your personal tastes and preferences.
Whereas you should keep on experimenting to find out what you like or not, this list should be a guide on what you should not juice despite the temptation or lack of knowledge about the associated dangers. The most important consideration when juicing is to ensure you avoid inedible and poisonous produce.