Juicing Fruit and Vegetables

One of the main things to do when you start juicing, is to establish a good source of fresh fruit and vegetables, so it’s worth having a scout around your local area to see what is available.

To get the best out of fruit and vegetables they should be organic. Organically grown crops are free from harmful fertilisers and pesticides and contain a natural balance of the complete range of soil nutrients which commercial farming depletes. For example, artificial fertilisers can cause elements such as calcium and magnesium to be so diluted in the soil that they are not taken up by the plants.

Pesticides can affect our digestion and interfere with the absorption of nutrients from food. Although all pesticides are tested by MAFF (Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries), many of those used today were approved when standards were comparatively lax and we still don’t know what are the long-term effects of low doses or of cocktails of these chemicals.

FACTS ABOUT PESTICIDES:

♦ 600 pesticides are permitted in the European Union.

English: Organic vegetables at a farmers' mark...

English: Organic vegetables at a farmers’ market in Argentina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

♦ 98 per cent of British vegetables and cereals are sprayed with pesticides.

♦ In 1982 one English lettuce crop was sprayed forty-eight times with four different pesticides.

♦ In 1992 the MAFF Monitoring Service discovered that one-third of British carrots contained the pesticide Triazophos above the maximum residue level.

Pesticide residues have been found in human breast milk.

FACTS ABOUT ORGANICALLY GROWN FOOD:

♦ Contains higher levels of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

♦ Free of traces of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.

♦ Tastes better.

♦ Better for the environment.

If you have trouble finding an organic source, then the Soil Association can provide a list of organic farmers and suppliers in your area. There are quite a few consumer cooperatives and box-delivery schemes around, so it is worth checking to see if there is one near you.

However, it is not always possible to get hold of organic produce, and the next best thing is to buy locally grown produce. At least this way, if you can’t avoid possible residues of synthetic chemicals, you can ensure that the nutrient content hasn’t been depleted by early harvesting or lengthy storage. The longer a fruit or vegetable is transported or stored, the faster it deteriorates.

Produce from abroad is often picked well before it ripens which means it has less time to gather essential nutrients from the soil. By buying locally grown fruit and vegetables in season it helps us to keep in touch with the ebb and flow of nature’s cycle and ensure we get the nutrients we need when we need them. Don’t be afraid to ask your local supplier or supermarket where their produce comes from. Local greengrocers normally have a good idea of where their fruit and vegetables are grown and they might even be persuaded to stock organic produce.

Ideally, grow your own for the ultimate in fresh, tasty juices.

REMEMBER:

♦ The fresher the fruit and vegetables, the richer they are in nutrients.

♦ The freer they are of harmful chemicals, the more nutritious they are likely to be.

SHOPPING TIPS:

♦ Buy organic produce if possible or buy local produce that is in season.

♦ Shop frequently to ensure fresh and ripe produce.

♦ Throw away mouldy, bruised or overripe produce.

♦ Don’t buy irradiated produce.

♦ Keep fruit and vegetables stored in a cool, dry place.

 

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08. August 2012 by Sue
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