Have you ever considered what are you consuming on your plate? Fruits and vegetables are believed to be the healthiest food on the planet, but no one questions how they arrive on our table and to which processes they go through. The crucial nutrients that are supposed to be contained in every vegetable and fruit are reduced by high percentage because of the excessive amount of pesticides and chemicals utilized during the growing process. Namely, U.S Department of Agriculture has carried out an analysis where it was revealed that 65% of the produced samples became too positive for pesticides; meaning that every vegetable and fruit contains tons of chemicals. Consequently, these chemicals end up in our bodies which endanger our health and overall well-being, unless you consume certified organic products.
However, the best option would be organic products but they are very expensive and not reachable to many people. Therefore, the members of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have provided us with a list of which products have a bunch of chemicals in them and which ones have less pesticides.
You need to know that this list is changed yearly; in this article we shall present the list of the current year where the produce is divided into “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”.
It is consisted of the following vegetables and fruits: spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches, and imported nectarines. All these produce contain plenty of harmful pesticides, and in 99% of the cases, they have shown to be positive to at least one pesticide.
The list consists of products, which are least likely to have pesticides: avocados, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, pineapples, grapefruit, sweet corn, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, eggplant, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. The cleanest of all is the avocado, with only 1% of pesticides.
Can we clean our fruits and vegetables to make them safe for consumption?
Yes, we can, and here is the following trick. You have to know that pure water will not clean your fruits and vegetables completely; therefore you need to wash the products with a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar. Regarding this matter, the well-known dietician Gayle Povis Alleman states: “Make sure the mix contains 10 % of vinegar and 90% of water”. After you have prepared the mixture, soak the fruits and vegetables in it and leave them to stand for 15 to 20 minutes.
Thus mixture works as the water becomes dirtier than the previous one and it contains some gunk in it. After the process of soaking, rinse your products with fresh water and now they are pesticide-free and ready for consumption. If you do not like the vinegar aroma, instead of it you can use lemon juice. Likewise, it is advised to use 2 percent of salt water which will rinse your fruits and vegetables and remove the pesticides from their skin.
Although this may come to you as long procedure, it is the safest one as when you consume your fruits and vegetables they will be pesticides free and in that way you will protect your health. We highly recommend you to use the mixture of vinegar and water, and wash with it your produce prior to consumption.
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