Pesticides are everywhere!
A recent survey by the US department of agriculture showed that 65% of the sampled produce tested positive for having pesticide residue.
They can lower the intellectual avail-abilities of developing minds.
Even if your produce looks fresh, clean, and healthy it can still have most of the toxic pesticides used to protect crop growth.
The top offenders for heavy pesticide residue are:
Potatoes, Strawberries, Apples, Snap peas, Grapes, Celery, Spinach, Sweet bell peppers, Cherry tomatoes and Nectarines.
Nectarines are particularly worrisome because a 99% of the sampled group show at least one pesticide residue.
On a positive note, there are also fruits and vegetables that rank Low on pesticide residue presence. Chief among them are avocados, scoring a wonderful 1% of detection in its sample group, proving once again that avocados are amazing for your health.
The cleanest produce you can find are kiwis, eggplants, onions, sweet corn, pineapples, yams, mangoes, cabbage and papayas.
How to Remove Pesticides from Your Produce
Most supermarkets can offer you a variety of vegetable cleaners. However, you can always make your own vegetable cleaner.
It’s super simple to make and it only requires one common household ingredient: white vinegar.
Homemade Vegetable Cleaner Recipe:
- 90% Water and
- 10% White Vinegar
- Mix it in a large basin so you have enough room to properly soak your fruits and vegetables.
- Simply let your produce sit in the mix for approximately 20 minutes.
- After enough time lapses, rinse your produce with fresh cold water.
If you do find a remaining vinegar smell on your fruits and vegetables, you can always use lemon water to help eliminate the stench.
After you finish, you’ll notice a strange gunky residue at the bottom of your basin. As you may have guessed, that is pesticide residue that was hiding in your produce.
Note: If you have any fragile fruits like blueberries, I’d recommend not leaving them in the mix for the full twenty minutes. Blueberries are known to have porous skin and the homemade vinegar mix can overwhelm their natural taste.
Say you’re particularly against using vinegar because its smell. Worry not, you’re in luck because there is an alternative.
According to the Center for Science and the Environment, you also have of using 2% salt water to eliminate pesticides from your produce.
Using these methods, you’re likely to reduce the pesticide residue by 70%. There will always some residue hiding in the folds and crevices that are too hard to wash manually.
Taking your time to prepare and clean your food has enormous health benefits for your family. Each step, be it incorporating organic produce to eliminating pesticides, gradually brings you closer to achieving the necessary nutrition to keep your body at optimal performance.
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