What kind of vegetables and fruit are we talking about peeling? After all, surely not all produce needs to be considered for peeling?
We will get into all of this inside of this article all about one of the greatest mysteries of our time! To Peel Or Not To Peel!
Why Peel Your Produce At All Before Juicing It?
Some people choose to peel their produce due to flavor, toxicity (including pesticides and other chemicals), and also ease of juicing the item without its peel included.
The peel of some vegetables and fruit can have a bad taste when juiced. Some people find that they just like the flavor of their juice better without them.
Flavor Of The Peel
When it comes to flavor, I usually really consider how bad of a flavor it is adding to my juice compared to the amount of nutrients it is also adding. If I find the flavor just isn’t worth the trade off, then I will peel the item.
Since I personally drink a lot of my juice for the nutrient content, many times I will deal with a little bit of a flavor I may not love in order to gain the nutrition inside. This can also be remedied by adding more of another vegetable or fruit to make up for the “off” flavor!
Orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit peels can all have a very bitter flavor that you may not want in your juice. We personally leave the lemon and lime peel in around half of our juices that we use these fruits in. We do this due to their nutrient content.
We have learned the hard way with orange peels, and grapefruit peels that they just leave the juice too bitter for our taste! On top of this bitter flavor, orange and grapefruit peels have some other issues of their own that we will talk about next.
Toxicity: Including Pesticides and Other Chemicals Found Inside Of The Peel
Some peels contain chemicals or oils that can cause problems for us. For example orange and grapefruit peels both contain oils that can cause digestive problems.
Mango peel while ok for most people, contains urushiol. This compound is the active chemical in poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. If you are very sensitive to these, you may want to consider skipping the mango peel altogether!
Many peels contain chemicals and pesticides that we unfortunately have added ourselves! A lot of conventionally grown vegetables and fruit contain toxic loads of chemicals and pesticides, that can be lessoned by peeling them. Since a lot of the chemical residue from pesticides remains in the peel and the very top layer of a vegetable or fruit, many people peel their produce for this reason alone.
The dirty dozen is a list of the 12 vegetables and fruit with the highest amounts of chemicals and pesticides found in them. You can use this list to help you decide for yourself which produce items you may want to consider peeling.
Some vegetables and fruit also have waxy surfaces! None of these waxy surfaces are something you would want to consume on a regular basis, but petroleum-based waxes are among the worst. Ethyl alcohol or ethanol is among the compounds added to these types of waxes! You will see this waxy surface on some conventionally grown apples, and cucumbers to name a couple of produce items.
You can solve the toxicity problem, and wax problem altogether by using organic produce when juicing! Even though organic produce can be more pricy than its conventional counterpart, it can be well worth it! Using organic produce gives you access to much more of its nutrient content, without having to worry about taking a load of chemicals at the same time!
Some Peel Is Plain Difficult To Juice!
One of the simplest reasons to peel some of your vegetables and fruit is that the peel is just difficult to juice!
The peel of a pineapple can cause some problems with many juicers, so it is a good idea to peel your pineapple before juicing.
While the peel of a mango might present little problems for some centrifugal juicers, for a masticating juicer you will want to peel your mango. If you do not it will eventually wind up around of the auger, and slow your juicer down tremendously. This also makes your juicer much less efficient while the peel is caught up in the auger.
You will want to “peel” your pomegranate before juicing the seeds inside. The peel itself can be very hard and cause problems for your juicer.
Think Before You Peel! There Are Nutrients Inside There!
Something to consider before you peel any of your produce is that there are lots of nutrients in the peel. In fact the peels of many vegetables and fruit contain nutrients that cannot be found anywhere else inside of the vegetable or fruit itself.
Here are just a few examples:
Quercetin has been shown to improve overall cardiovascular health, encourage blood flow, protect against LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), protect against stress and the release of cortisol, promote balanced blood pressure, support respiratory health, and more!
Apple peels have high amounts of other potent antioxidants, many of which combat cancer!
Pectin is a soluble fiber, which can be found inside of apples, and is especially concentrated in the peel. This soluble fiber remains in the juice of an apple! Pectin is said to protect against colon cancer, lung cancer, and prostate cancer, as well as lower LDL cholesterol, and promote stable glucose levels.
Cucumber peels: Amongst many other nutrients, the skin of cucumbers contain silica! This mineral has been shown to be beneficial for our skin, and our joints!
Watermelon rinds: Many people skip the rinds of watermelon, and just eat or juice the sweet juicier parts in the middle. We almost always include the rind when juicing watermelons! On top of other nutrients they contain citruline, which comes with a whole package of health benefits. Among these benefits citruline offers protection from free radical damage, and also converts to arginine which has been shown to be beneficial for sexual health.
We personally do not peel a lot of our produce before juicing it. There are cases when we do though, and there are certain vegetables and fruit that we almost always peel. Some of the produce we always peel are oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple.
When we can afford to or have access to it, we do our best to purchase and juice organic produce. If you cannot always afford organic produce, or do not have access to it, then you can use this post to help you decide which vegetables and fruit you may consider peeling before juicing them!
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