How to Remove Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

August 26, 2013 Lifestyle

remove pesticidesEating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables is a healthy habit, but what about all the pesticides they could contain? And they are likely to contain a lot of pesticides, unless they are organically grown.

Strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, greens, peppers are considered the products with the highest levels if pesticides. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables like bananas, cauliflower, broccoli, avocados, watermelon or pineapple usually keep less pesticide residue.

The good news is that we can remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables – at least a great deal of them.

Water or water and soap?

The simplest way to remove pesticides is by washing fruits and veggies throughly. You can also add some soap or detergent in the water. According to some experts, pesticides do not come off in water alone. Otherwise, farmers would have to apply them after every rain. However, this is not necessarily true, as insect pests and diseases appear in specific times of the year. With regards to soap, I wouldn’t trust conventional soap or washing-up liquid to use on fruits and vegetables. But I think organic washing-up detergent could do the job.

Solutions which remove pesticides

Water and vinegar are two ingredients that can remove over 90% of the pesticides. Just soak the fruits and vegetables in a solution made of vinegar diluted in water and keep them for 15 minutes, then rinse. You can also use a mixture of one teaspoon of sea salt per cup of water.

A more elaborate solution is made of:

water (1 cup)

white or cider vinegar (1 cup)

lemon (2 tablespoons)

baking soda (1 tablespoon)

All these should be mixed together and put in a spray bottle to use on fruits and vegetables. Keep it on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with a lot of water. It will remove pesticides – the average amount is above 90%.

Although the peel of fruits and vegetables is said to contain more nutrients, it also has more pesticide residue. So, it would be safer to peel it off. Last, but not least, at least from time to time, try to buy organically grown fruits and vegetable or from someone you trust. It’s the safest way to avoid pesticides.

Sources: Doctor Yourself

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