Do you think about the way that fruits and vegetables get on your table? If you go back on the path, it is a pretty long journey. The essential nutrients that should be contained in every fruit and vegetable are quite cut low, as a result to the great amount of pesticides and chemicals during the process. Almost 65% of the produced samples analyzed by U.S Department of Agriculture have been shown too positive for pesticides.
This means that every fruit and vegetable that is on your table contains tons of chemicals. These chemicals are afterwards directly stuck in your body, unless you opt for buying certified organic products.
But, most people cannot afford buying everything organic, so the members of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) inform us which of the products are the most contaminated and which ones are the least contaminated with pesticides.
This list is changed on annual basis, and we will present this year`s, dividing the produce into “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”.
The “Dirty Dozen” consist of the following fruits and vegetables: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes. These products have a lot of harmful pesticides, and in 99 percent of the cases, they have been demonstrated to be positive to at least one pesticide.
The “Clean Fifteen” list contains the following produce, which are least likely to contain pesticides: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. The cleanest is the avocado, with only 1% of pesticides.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND MAKE THEM SAFE FOR CONSUMPTION?
Pure water will not clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly, it is recommended to try the following trick. You should wash the produce with a mix of water and distilled white vinegar. Dietician Gayle Povis Alleman says: Make sure the mix contains 10 % of vinegar and 90% of water”. After that, soak the fruits and vegetables in the mixture and let them stay for 15-20 minutes.
As evidence that this mixture works, you will notice that the water is dirtier than previous and it has some gunk in it. After being soaked, wash the produce with fresh water and they are pesticide-free and ready for consumption. The ones, who dislike the vinegar aroma, replace the vinegar with lemon juice. It is also recommended to use 2 percent of salt water which will rinse your fruits and vegetables and eliminate the pesticides from their skin.
Even though this process may seem quite long, you should have a conscious relationship with your food, and it is better to consume a clean apple unlike the ones whose toxic chemicals may harm you. It is strongly advisable to opt for the safe side, and prepare the vinegar and water wash.