anything to make food prep easier

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: I was talking to someone today who said he puts whole, uncored apples in smoothies. Is that okay?

Answer: Absolutely. I do it too. However, if your apples are not organic, quickly cut out the divots in the top and bottom of the apple. That’s where the pesticides collect, and it’s hard to wash that part.

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  1. Apple seeds contain a cyanide compound, so everything I’ve read about juicing apples says to core them to remove the seeds, especially since juicing (and blending, I would assume) breaks the seeds apart and releases the compound (while whole seeds will pass through the body without breaking apart). Is that not really a concern?

  2. For 4 years I added the whole apple to my daily smoothie until I read that apple seeds contain arsenic. Now I cut the apple in quarters and cut out the seeds. Not knowing the level of arsenic and the potential to cause accumulative effect I figured it best to error on the safe side. More than likely it is a trace amount or it would be causing problems with the folks who are using the whole apple. If it is true, it might be worth the effort to remove the seeds and eliminate the arsenic from our diet.

  3. My apologies, I was incorrect on the arsenic. I just read that the apple seeds do not contain arsenic however they do contain cyanide and apparently you would have to eat the seeds from a bushel of apples at one time before there would be a toxicity problem. I have been drinking a smoothie daily for 8 years. Adding an apple to my smoothie on a daily rate I think I will continue to cut out the seeds rather than knowingly ingesting cyanide.

  4. I don’t think Snopes is the final answer on everything, but I like how they research topics. Here they are on apple seeds:

    http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp

    If this troubles you, by all means take that extra step of cutting the seeds out. But let me say this: you can get yourself really worked up about all the “harmful” compounds in natural plant foods we eat every day. I’ve blogged here plenty–and written in my books–about phthalates, oxalates, and other compounds. If you isolated them from the VAST array of natural compounds that work together synergistically for good health and ate them in large quantities, sure, you could get sick.

    I come from several generations of people eating apple seeds (on my dad’s side, not my mom’s where you may have read the cancer lies). (My dad grew up sprayed toxic chemicals WITHOUT A MASK in our family’s apple orchards in Santaquin, Utah. That includes now-banned-in-the-U.S. Malathion, which he once accidentally got sprayed full in the face by his brother. The only reason I can think of why he doesn’t have cancer is his healthy eating habits and a lifetime at a healthy weight, and self-disciplined exercise (move those toxins out of the bloodstream!).

    But again, while I constantly encourage a non-paranoid, healthy, calm approach to eating plant foods that we KNOW empirically are good for us, you should cut the cores out of apples before putting them in your blender, if you feel uncomfortable with that.

  5. yea if you’re going to get all antsy about this kind of stuff–they’ve been finding arsenic in brown rice too–(meaning I’m going to still have rice because we gotta eat something!)

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