There’s plenty of debate on whether to juice or not; some argue it’s a just another diet fad and others say to skip it entirely so you don’t lose the fibre from your fruits and veggies. There’s even more debate regarding whether to use conventional or organic fruits and veggies.
If you’re a seasoned juicer, you’ll know the importance of going organic to ensure that your ingredients are pesticide and GMO free.
If you’re just starting out on the juicing path and aren’t sure whether to go the organic or non-organic route, we’re here to tell you why, when it comes to juicing, you should only ever choose organic.
Juicing, at its fundamental, is the extraction process of pulling liquids and nutrients out of fresh produce. It’s very different from a smoothie, which is blended, not juiced. A smoothie retains the pulp (the insoluble fibre from your fruits and veggies).
Juice, on the other hand, is made with a juicer. It separates the insoluble fibre, which you discard. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are present in the whole fruit and veggies. You still get fibre, just in the form of soluble fibre and in smaller doses.
This means your body is going to intake the nutrients more efficiently and quickly than if you were to eat them. It’s why many nutritionists advise you to drink cold pressed juices on an empty stomach so that your body can absorb all the good stuff naturally and faster.
Juicing is a delicious way to consume fresh produce. It lets your body access digestive enzymes that are typically locked away in the fibre matrix of the whole vegetable. It also takes a different approach of eating your greens, helping you create more healthier eating patterns (and weight loss as an added benefit isn’t too bad either).
At Grown Here Farms, we raise and harvest our vegetables and microgreens with natural practices. 100% certified organic, we pride ourselves on being local, sustainable, and abstaining from traditional agricultural practices.
So, when you hear us use the word “organic”, know that we aren’t just throwing it around lightly. We grow all our produce naturally with methods that comply with the standards of PACS Certified Organic, which means we strive to cycle resources like our rainwater, grow sustainably, and conserve biodiversity. We don’t use pesticides, fertilizers, or solvents. We firmly believe in maintaining an environmental and social responsibility to the planet and one another. After all, we only have on body and one planet; we need to make sure we take care of them!
Bearing this in mind, it’s imperative that you only choose locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. And here’s why.
Non-organic fruits and veggies are typically sprayed with pesticides to preserve their “freshness” during their transportation, and contain chemical residues that are harmful to our bodies. And since most pesticides are water soluble, which means they are extracted with the juice and stay in the juice when you drink it.
Essentially? If you’re putting conventional, non-organic fruits and veggies in your juice, you’re drinking a glass of pesticide juice. And since you’re typically meant to juice on an empty stomach, you’re rapidly absorbing pesticide chemicals the moment you start drinking it.
Pesticide chemicals have long lasting and far reaching effects. They can survive sunlight, harvesting, cleaning, and, to our surprise, juicing. Not to mention the myriad of diseases they’re linked to, the scariest part is that most often, you can’t “wash off” the chemical pesticides. Most of your mass-produced fruits and veggies contain chemicals that are designed to be absorbed into them to kill the bugs that eat them.
Simply put, organic is not only better for the environment, it’s better for you. Fresh, better tasting, and loaded with nutrients, when you opt for organic, you’re investing in yourself and the planet. So, when it comes to juicing this January, make the healthy choice. Say to no filling your body with toxins and preservatives and commit to the very best for you for 2017.