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How to Easily Remove Pesticides From Your Fruits and Vegetables
Almost everyone should eat more fruits and vegetables.
You know it. But do you know why it is important to wash your product before eating it?
In our modern world, almost no food is 100% pesticide free.
Surprisingly, even organic products may contain some pesticide residues.
The washing of products is important to prevent foodborne diseases and substantially reduce their exposure to pesticides.
To reduce your exposure to pesticides, the conventional advice is to choose organic foods when possible,
especially for the foods most likely to be contaminated with pesticides.
And then, wash the fruits and vegetables before eating or cooking with them.
But, what foods are the most important to buy organic?
And what is the best way to wash your products to eliminate pesticides?
Science has given us answers. And we will share them with you.
We want to help you make the most of your time and money and ensure that the food you eat and serve is as safe as possible.
Why are pesticides used in products?
According to the EPA, pesticides are used to control pests and carriers of diseases,
such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats, and mice.
They are also used to control weeds, insect infestations, and diseases.
Rye flour with salt water
Salt water is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to eliminate certain pesticides.
In a study published in Food Control, researchers washed vegetables for 20 minutes in vinegar,
a solution of salt water or tap water to eliminate the residue of four common
pesticides: chlorpyrifos, DDT, cypermethrin and chlorothalonil.
They found that a 10% salt water solution was the most effective, and much more than washing with running water.
It was discovered that the vinegar of maximum potency is equally effective.
But the use of vinegar would be quite expensive and would leave the food with an unwanted vinegary flavor,
making it less than ideal for a daily washing of vegetables.
The best way to wash fruits and vegetables
What can be the best way to clean fruits and vegetables comes
from a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
This study compared the effectiveness of simple water,
a solution of chlorine bleach and a solution of sodium bicarbonate and water.
Perhaps surprisingly, it was found that the sodium bicarbonate solution was more effective
in removing pesticide residues both on the surface and under the skin of the apples.
sodium bicarbonate solution
The sodium bicarbonate solution used in the study was very weak:
a mixture of just one ounce of baking soda mixed with 100 ounces of water.
And it took 12 to 15 minutes of soaking to completely eliminate the pesticides.
What does all this mean to you? How should I use this information to wash your product?