Washing Produce for Health

washing-produce

If you’re new to the process, relax. There are very few rules to this whole juicing thing. Mostly, it’s about being adventurous, learning about new types of produce, and improving your health. Still, there are a few basic guidelines that you’ll want to implement as soon as you start juicing and make good habits that stick with you for as long as you continue to juice. One of these habits is washing produce. Washing produce will improve your health, but it’ll actually improve the health of your juicer as well!

Why You Wash

These days, most conventional, store-bought produce is grown using pesticides. Pesticides have drastically increased the yield that farmers can hope for, as bugs are deterred from eating their crops. These pesticides mean death for the bugs, but they aren’t too good for you either. Perhaps you only buy organic, and thus aren’t worried about artificially produced pesticides affecting your health. Well, that leads us to the second reason you should wash your produce before juicing.

Produce is grown in dirt. Unless hydroponically grown, fruits and veggies need soil in order to thrive, grow, and eventually end up in your juicing cup. But oftentimes, some of this dirt stays with produce well after they’ve made their trip from the farm to your kitchen counter. Although this dirt isn’t toxic to you in small quantities, it’s not good for your juicer. Grit and dirt from unwashed veggies can dull the blade or your juicer over time, as well as strip the finish off of other pieces of the juicing assembly.

A dull blade produces less juice, and less juice produces less health benefits. So in the interest of both you and your juicer’s health, give everything a thorough wash prior to juicing. Scrub beets and other root vegetables. And don’t be afraid to let leafy greens soak in a tub of water for a few minutes prior to juicing. This will allow the dirt to fall away.

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