Article #1: Warning! Don’t Use Commercial Juices!
Bad enough that anyone should use freshly-pressed pure fruit and vegetable juices instead of the whole fruit or vegetable. But commercial juices are not only fragmented, but contain toxins as well.
What juices do you like? Tomato? Freshly squeezed is pretty bland stuff. The jazzed-up commercial juice always tastes thick and “exciting.” Of course the tomatoes used may be ripe, overripe, underripe and even partially rotten since any tomato may be turned into juice. Mixed well, no one knows the difference, especially after pasteurization and salt disguise the flavor.
Do you use commercially squeezed orange, lemon and grapefruit juices? It’s the fashion these days to use reconstituted juices. The juices are squeezed from oranges, grapefruit and lemons, peels and all.
The juices from the peels contain citron oil which is quite toxic in the human system.
Citrus trees, like other fruit trees, create a fruit to attract animal consumers. The seed is dispersed in the fruit for propagation by the eater of the fruit. The fruit/seed package is protected until the moment of ripeness by a skin against bacteria and insects. Citrus fruit skins contain citron oil (not to mention fungicides and insecticides) which is an excellent “antibiotic” and is repulsive and toxic to all creatures including humans. Commercial juicers squeeze this toxic juice into the mix with other parts of the fruit. Even the juices of the seed, which may contain hydrocyanide, etc. are pressed into the mix. The juices are then dehydrated and pasteurized. The resulting concentrate is frozen and shipped to points throughout the country for “reconstitution.” If you buy frozen concentrate and add water, you’re getting the same devitalized stuff.
It doesn’t matter if the juices come from cans or frozen concentrates. It’s all been heated, refined, condimented, preserved and otherwise ruined. It deserves to be left on the shelf.
There’s no reason why we can’t have all the fresh juices directly from the fruit. Most fruits can be shipped just as easily as the juices, although it involves more shipping volume and weight.
Of course this observation is for those that insist on juices—the best of juices are always second-rate to the whole fruit, the natural juice source.
Reprinted from Healthful Living, April 1982