January 6, 2022

20 Common Juicing Mistakes You Should Avoid

Juicing is a great way to get all the nutrients from fruits and vegetables in one drink. But it can be difficult, especially if you're just starting out with juicing and don't have that much experience yet.

So in the blog post below, you'll find the most common juicing mistakes you should avoid when juicing your first batches.

What Are The Most Common Juicing Mistakes And How To avoid Them

1. Not Being Consistent

When first starting out, people often find themselves juicing only here and there instead of every day.

Consistency is critical to enjoying the benefits of drinking juice daily!

2. Not Preparing The Produce Properly

One of the most common juicing mistakes is not adequately preparing the produce. Make sure to wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly before juicing them. This will help remove any dirt or contaminants on the surface.

Before juicing, make sure you remove any unwanted stems, leaves, or rinds that are not part of the fruit/vegetable. It is also essential to certain core fruits, such as apples or cherries, to avoid damaging your juicer.

Depending on the power and size of your juicer, you should cut the fruit and vegetables into smaller pieces so that your juicer can process them better.

3. Not Using The Right Tools

Using your hands at first can be challenging, especially if you are trying to get through all those pieces.

If you want to make juicing easier on yourself, invest in a good quality juicer and some kitchen tools like a good cutting knife and a worktop. That will help you prepare the produce properly.

Some bowls to sort the cut fruits and vegetables and a sealable airtight container for leftover juice to store in the refrigerator can also be beneficial.

4. Not Mixing Flavors Properly

It may be tempting to throw a ton of fruits or vegetables into your juicer without considering how they taste together. But this can lead to some pretty yucky results, so experiment with different combinations until you find your favorites!

Suppose you need to know which fruits and vegetables go well together. In that case, you can find many recipes on this website and on the internet. This makes the whole thing more manageable in the beginning.

Remember to put more vegetables in the juicer than sweet fruits for a healthier juice.

5. Using Too Much Sweet Fruits

Typically, we think of juice as being quite sweet. However, too many sweet fruits and vegetables in your juice can make it too high in sugar. Fruits are good for you but in moderation.

common juicing mistakes with too much sweet fruits

If you are not used to drinking fruit-based juices, it can be easy to go overboard with the sweeter fruits. Your juice should be mostly made from unsweet vegetables with a bit of fruit added for flavor.

Citrus fruits are a great way to add flavor without adding sugar. Lemons and limes can cut the bitterness of vegetables, so they're perfect for this task!

The best part is you don't need much juice because citrus has such natural solid flavors that will hold up on their own.

You can also add herbs or spices to your juice to enhance the taste.

6. Juicing The Wrong Way

The best way to juice is the process of cold pressing. Cold-pressed juice typically has the highest quality, and you can get more liquid from your produce.

A high-speed centrifugal juicer can add heat to your juice which may damage some enzymes. This type of juicer is widespread and has specific advantages, but if you’re looking for the best, go for cold pressed with a masticating juicer.

7. Letting Juice Get Too Old

Juice should be consumed soon after it is pressed. After about 15 minutes, sap begins to break down and lose its nutrients. It's easier to squeeze a lot of juice and store it in the fridge later, but the liquid will lose its nutritional value and flavor if it is stored for too long. Try to consume any leftover juice within 24 hours.

It also depends on how the juice is produced. Centrifugal juicers with a high-spinning blade - especially at higher speeds - can oxidize the fluid, which may destroy some of its critical nutrients. You can keep this kind of produced juice for a shorter time and should drink it within 24 hours.

Better are masticating juicers or twin-gear juicers with a low working speed. These more expensive juicers don't oxidize the juice quick as they do not mix oxygen into the liquid due to the low rate.

You can keep these juices much longer. Usually, 2-3 days in a fridge using an airtight container. However, the best is always to drink the freshly made juices immediately or at least in the next 24 hours.

8. Not Using Enough Fiber

Many people forget that juicing still includes fiber from fruits and vegetables, so you should ensure a good amount of them in your juices. This will help keep you feeling full and satisfied after drinking your juice.

There are also many ways to use the leftover pulp from your juicing, primarily when using a centrifugal juicer.

9. Not Knowing Your Own Taste

Everyone has different tastes and preferences when it comes to food and drinks. Make sure to experiment with other fruits and vegetables to see which ones you like the best. There is no right or wrong answer, just what tastes good.

However, always remember to use healthy fruits and vegetables with a recommended ratio of 20-30% fruits and 70-80% vegetables.

11 . Drinking Juice Too Fast

a common juicing mistake is drinking juice too fast

If you are gulping down your juice too quickly, it will have different benefits than juicing is meant to provide. It takes time for our bodies to process all the product's nutrients.

Really take the time to sit and sip your juice slowly and give your body the time it needs to absorb it.

12. Using Toxic Unhealthy Plants

If your juice with produce is grown using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, you can do more harm than good. Juicing concentrates these toxins, and they can harm you.

It’s always best to buy organic produce for juicing. However, that can sometimes be cost-prohibitive. You have a couple of choices if organic isn’t in your budget. One is to grow as much produce as you can on your own.

Raised bed and container gardening can produce a lot in a small area. You can also stick to the “clean 15” list of veggies and fruits with the lowest pesticide contamination. That can be found at https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean-fifteen.php.

13. You Stress Too Much About Measurements

It's easy to get carried away when juicing for the first time. With all the recipes out there, it can be tempting to cut everything to exact measurements each time you juice.

However, if you do this, you'll end up with a drink that is either too sweet or not sweet enough, which could lead to an unenjoyable experience with juicing. The best thing that you can do when juicing is to use your intuition.

If a recipe calls for one cup of kale and you only feel like adding half a cup, then do it! You will never be able to keep up with exact measurements for every juice you make.

It's much better to slowly increase the product you use each time rather than stress about getting precisely what a recipe calls for. A recipe is a good guide, but you can change it to your needs and taste.

14. Failing To Follow The 4:1 Vegetable-To-Fruit Ratio When Juicing

fruits and vegetable

You might be juicing for the wrong reasons if you don't follow roughly this recommended ratio. Fruits have a higher sugar content, which can lead to health issues when consumed too much or in large quantities. At the same time, vegetables provide good fiber, so you should make sure that they are well-balanced with each other for optimal results. Vegetable juicing recipes can support you in achieving the right balance.

As previously mentioned, 20-30% fruits and 70-80% vegetables are recommended.

15. Not Cleaning Your Juicer After Each Use

This is another common mistake. Not cleaning the juicer after each use will make it difficult to clean. It can also lead to the growth of mold and bacteria. So make sure you always wash your juicer after each use.

16. Using Always The Same Ingredients

People often think it will make their juicing process easier. But this isn't the case, as your body needs different nutrients at different times.

So by always using the same ingredients, you will get only some nutrients your body needs. Therefore you should vary the fruits and vegetables you use.

17. Trying To Juice Bananas

Bananas are delicious, and so is their juice. But when it comes to juicing them, you should not try doing this because bananas will clog up the machine.

So, if you want to enjoy a banana's sweet taste, then you can mix your fresh juice in a blender with bananas.

18. Not Place Your Juicer On The Counter

This may seem like a minor juicing mistake you should avoid. Still, if you don't have your juicer placed in an easily accessible spot, you will find yourself struggling to use it more often than not. It's also inconvenient to move your juicer every time you want to use it.

19. Not To Drink Water

A lot of people don't drink enough water when they're juicing. Even though fruit and vegetable juices contain water, you should still drink plenty of water while juicing throughout the day.

drinking water

This will keep you hydrated and reduce hunger pangs. Water also helps flush toxins out of your body.

Vegetables with a high juice content can also be beneficial in this case.

20. Not Having Fun with It

This is probably the most important thing to remember when juicing. Experiment with different flavors and combinations and see what works best for you. There are no wrong answers, just delicious juices waiting to be made.

Final Statement

The above-listed mistakes are some of the most common juicing mistakes mainly newbies make. Still, with a little bit of practice, you will be able to avoid them and make delicious juices like a pro.

A helpful resource is also these 8 great tips for your juicing routine.

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