I’ve seen this question come up a few different times in forums so I thought in today’s article I’ll answer just that.
So do you add water when using? No, water adds absolutely nothing to your juice and should only come into contact with your juicer when you’re cleaning it because all water does is take away from the flavor of the juice. It won’t do anything bad of course but to me, it’s just not necessary.
Don’t get me wrong, I loooove a cool glass of water and the feeling of being fully hydrated but I don’t believe it has a place as an ingredient in your juice. Except when you’re using a blender but I talked about that further down this article.
Why Would You Dilute Your Juice Anyway?
I know some of you will be scratching your heads and wondering why you’d add water in the first place I’ll admit I was with you. But from what I’ve seen it’s sometimes giving out as advice for when you’re not used to the taste of your juice.
Especially green juice because if you’re not used to eating a lot of vegetables the taste of a lot of green vegetables can be a little bit bitter.
But even if that’s the case I don’t think adding water helps because you just get left with the same taste only not quite as strong and it lasts longer because you’ve made your drink bigger than it was before.
No, to dilute and change your green juice (or any other juice) there’s only one way you should do it…
The Right Way To Dilute Your Juice
Adding more fruit!
If you’re finding your juice bitter and a little unpleasant and can’t power through to get used to the taste then sweeten it up by adding some fruit.
Apples are great because they don’t have too much sugar, have got a really sweet taste and they’re mostly water. Plus they’re nice and healthy and still far better for you than refined sugar.
Or, instead of just adding water why not add and watery fruit and vegetable so that you get water plus some nutritious vitamins and minerals.
Cucumber is another good one that doesn’t have too strong a taste and can work really well to help dilute juice while adding some goodness. Its flavor isn’t the strongest nor is it sweet but if you’re really determined to add some water do it with cucumber so you get some extra vitamins too.
Celery is another quite watery vegetable that works well but again isn’t very sweet. And the same goes for celery juice, it’s watery to begin with so you definitely don’t need to add water to it.
Those three are the best ways to dilute your juice if that’s what you want to do but if it’s a taste problem amp up the sweet ingredients and start taking them away slowly after.
When You Should Add Water To Your Juice
Now, I know I just said you should never add water, and I stand by that for a juicer, with a blender it’s a different story.
Even if you’re making a smoothie rather than juice (to turn a smoothie into juice you have to sieve it after you’ve blended it) you still need to add some liquid in or the motor is going to get burnt out.
In a blender you need a little bit of liquid to basically get the process started. It spins dragging the fruits and vegetables into the blades and allowing just that little bit of lubrication to get the process going.
There’s not really a way to get around that, even with the most powerful blenders it’s good practice to do this.
Adding Water For Storage
One last thing I saw, which I thought was quite clever, was a woman’s suggestion that if you’re going to store your juice in bottles in the fridge and it doesn’t fill the bottle all the way to the top then pour a little bit of water in to bring it to the top minimizing the amount of air in the bottle.
This makes sense because it’s the air that oxidizes the fruit and vegetable which causes them to lose nutrition and begin to go off. So the less air you have in the bottle coming into contact with the juice the slower it should go off and the longer it should stay nutritious.
Now, I don’t have a science lab so I can’t fully test this but it does sound like it makes sense, that doesn’t mean it’s true, however, but I like the idea. Juice in my house never last long enough for this to be a problem!
Ultimately, there’s no harm in adding water to your juice, but at the same time there is no good in adding water to your juice either so I say don’t do it. But if this is what you’ve always done and you like it, more power to you, juice with water is better than no juice at all after all!
As always, please leave a comment down below if you still have any questions or if you have anything to add that you think I’ve missed here. I’m always trying to keep these articles up-to-date but occasionally I do miss things so let me know if there’s anything.