Many people are going organic these days, but it can be hard to afford an all-organic lifestyle when it comes to buying fruits and vegetables. Additionally, the organic selection at traditional grocery stores can be limited, especially at certain times of the year, so you are forced to buy non-organic produce. Either way, it is helpful to be able to remove some of the pesticides that coat the outsides of non-organic produce!
Did you know that 65% of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test positive for pesticide residues? Unless you’re buying certified organic food, the chances are that you’re consuming a significant amount of chemicals with every portion of your ‘healthy’ greens.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is trying to inform the public about the level of exposure to often toxic chemicals commonly found in our fresh produce. They publish an annual list of most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables, the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists. You can find this list for 2015 in my previous article.
Apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes are all on the EWG’s Dirty list.
You should be careful when consuming these produce, as they contain a number of different pesticide residues and have high concentrations of pesticides relative to other produce items. For example, every sample of imported nectarines and 99% of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
Organic food is much healthier and safer. But in case you cannot afford to buy organic fruit and vegetables, you must know how to wash the fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides.
The most efficient ingredient for this purpose is the organic distilled white vinegar.
You can make this solution by yourself at home instead of buying commercial spray bottles. All you need is three parts of water and one part of vinegar. Pour all that in a spray bottle and spray the fruit and vegetable when needed. After spraying it is recommended to scrub them with a comb and wash with clean water.
This type of chemicals can cause numerous medical conditions, such as cancer. For that reason it is very important to wash your fruit and vegetables properly.