Juicing Apple Cores

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Can you juice apples whole with the core and seeds?

While there are plenty of people who juice whole apples with core, stem, seeds and all, I feel more inclined to core the apple and dispose of the seeds.

Apple seeds are slightly toxic.  The seeds contain amygdalin. Though the toxicity in a few apple seeds probably wouldn’t affect most people, I try to avoid it, just to be safe.

When apple seeds are eaten by animals, or inadvertently swallowed by humans, the seeds tend to remain intact and work their way out of the body in whole form. When apple seeds are fed into a juicer, they break down and the toxins get released into the juice. Similar to apple seeds, apricot, peach and plum pits also contain amygdalin. When amygdalin is broken down by enzymes in the gut it metabolizes into hydrogen cyanide. And that’s a bad thing.

You don’t loose much nutritional value if you pitch the core. This is because the phytochemicals that provide the most benefit from the apple are found in the skin. This is the number one reason I recommend shopping for organically grown apples. Commercially grown, non-organic apples may contain the highest accumulation of residual pesticides of any other fruit or vegetable on the market. Organic apples can help you reap the benefits of juicing the skin with fewer pesticides.

About Chris Bede

With great interest in health topics, I research the latest trends in nutrition. Besides juicing daily, I'm currently a fan of the paleo diet. I may be the second largest consumer of grass-fed butter. You can follow me on twitter @cbede.