Never Eat Your Fruits And Veggies Unless You Do This
Unless you’re buying exclusively organic fruit and vegetables thoroughly washing the produce you buy is pretty important. Swedish researchers recently proved that insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators can build up in the bodies of children and adults. Yet just a two week break from pesticide laden food sees the urinary levels of these chemicals fall to almost zero!
Washing your fruits and vegetables remains one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from illnesses and chemical contamination. Here are a number of ways in which you can effectively wash and handle your fruits and vegetables.
1.Salt Water Solution.
Using a salt solution to wash your produce may remove even further residues than water alone. Mix two teaspoons of salt into four cups of warm water and stir to dissolve. Once cooled, soak the produce for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing and scrubbing under cold water. This method isn’t ideal for fragile fruits like berries, which can be damaged by the soak and end up tasting of salt. For these, a simple cold water soak and rinse is best.
The vinegar soak is an alternative to salt water. If you don’t have vinegar, lemon juice will also do the trick. Fill a large bowl with four parts water and one-part vinegar. Soak your fruits and vegetables in this for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing and scrubbing thoroughly with cold water. This process will also keep your food fresh for longer and avoid spoilage. It’s a win-win!
3.Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Spray
For those times you are in a hurry, this spray is the next best thing to a salt or vinegar soak. In a glass spray bottle, mix one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of white vinegar and one cup of water. Shake vigorously before generously spraying onto your produce. Rub for 30 seconds by hand or with a vegetable brush and rinse thoroughly in cold water.
Using these products may actually add residues to your food! While these natural cleaning tips will certainly help to reduce the amount of pesticides you ingest, no washing method is 100% effective for removing all pesticide residues. The only way to ensure you aren’t being exposed to hazardous chemicals is to buy organic food or grow your own.
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