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If you are interested in health and wellness it’s safe to assume you’ve seen a lot of great info about to how, what and why to juice, but likely not much on what NOT to juice! It is important to know what should not be used in juicing and why, (toxic, poison, bitter, extreme sugar, etc.).
Here is a list of some common “UN-Juiceables”:
Citrus Rinds (Oranges, Grapefruits)
- Not the end of the world if you do, but citrus peels (like oranges and grapefruits) contain an indigesitble oil that’s hard on our stomachs. You can juice the smaller citruses (lemons and limes) with their peels on, but to minimize the citrus oils from interfering with your body functions, don’t juice more than HALF a lemon or lime with the peel on.
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Carrot Greens / Rhubarb Leaf
- Carrot tops and the leaves of rhubarbs are not edible. They are toxic and should not be eaten or juiced.
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- Besides for tearing up your juicer, these are not edible and should not be juiced.
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Apple Seeds / Pits
- While many people like the convenience of just throwing a whole apple into the juicer, it should be noted that the seeds contain a small amount of arsenic and really shouldn’t be juiced. While the juicer usually removes them safely, we prefer not to juice them (it’s also easier on your juicer!).
- Beware of pits, they can damage your juicer – always remove before juicing
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* Tip: A good rule of thumb in wondering if you can juice something or not is to ask yourself if it’s edible. If it is, then most times you can juice it. If it isn’t, then stay clear.