What the Scoop on Juicing Fruit Seeds?

juicing-apple-seedsWhen starting to juice, there are always confusing and conflicting rumors that circulate. One of the most popular rumors for a while was that juicing apple seeds can put potentially deadly quantities of arsenic into juices. Since many juicers can fit whole or slightly chopped apples with cores and all, this temptation was to avoid apples completely, since other fruits could be more easily juiced. In truth, apples do contain a very small amount of amygdalin which is turned into cyanide in the stomach when ingested. However, to reach levels at which it would become a threat to health, a person would have to juice and drink about eight apples with seeds fully breaking down per day for a long period of time. This is unlikely, but if there is any concern, simply juice less apples or pick the seeds out before juicing.

What about Other Fruit Seeds?

Most other fruit seeds are not harmful and some may even have health benefits. Watermelon seeds have magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. Papaya seeds have antioxidants that can help prevent blood clots. Some of the properties in papaya seeds have also shown some effectiveness in preventing cancers in the body. Papaya seeds are also a good source of protein and healthy fats for vegans and vegetarians. Pomegranate seeds  are delicious and contain more antioxidants than red wine. Juicing these seeds may be slightly difficult with a centrifugal juicer, though. For best results, blend the seeds or manually squeeze the juice before adding to the rest of the ingredients in a juice. Simply processing using a cold-press juicer works, too. Pits such as apricot pits, plum pits, and peach pits should not be juiced as they may damage juicers and they contain more amygdalin than apples.