Healthy Holistic Living recently posted a great article on a few easy steps to remove pesticides from your produce. Why should this even be something you care about? Keep this into perspective.
A recent survey by the US department of agriculture showed that 65% of the sampled produce tested positive for having pesticide residue. No re read the percentages for a minute. You purchase two apples on a recent trip to the market. More than one of your apples has pesticides present. That should be a bit alarming.
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 amongst them are avocadoes, 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. You can enjoy these with relative ease.
My vegetable cleaner recipe is simple: it’s 90% water and 10% white vinegar. I’d recommend mixing 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 twenty minutes. After enough time lapses, rinse your produce with fresh cold water.
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.
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.
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.
The Healthy Primate