We need to reduce the amount of pesticides in the fruits and vegetables we eat as possible as we can. It has been proven that this will be good for a healthy brain, protect kids’ health and reduce the risk of cancer.
The risk from pesticides on conventional produce varies from very low to very high, depending on the type of produce and on the country where it is grown. The differences can be dramatic. For instance, eating one serving of green beans from the U.S. is 200 times riskier than eating a serving of U.S.-grown broccoli. (Consumer Reports)
There are lots of ways to reduce the pesticides off of fruits and veggies, even simple as just a rinse in cold water.
1# According to The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), 3/4 or even more of pesticide may be removed by cold water washing.
Take a look below to find out more natural solutions to wash your fruits and vegetables:
2# Salt water
Add 2 teaspoons of salt in warm water and let it cool, then soak the food for half an hour before rinsing with cold water. This will help remove further pesticide than cold water alone.
3# White Vinegar solution
This is another simple but effective solution, pour a tablespoon of white vinegar into a bowl of warm water, soak your foods for some minutes and then rinsing with cold water.
According to Environmental Working Group , it is the effect of acetic acid in white vinegar, which helps to dissolve the pesticide residues existed on the skins of the fruits and veggies and also kills more than 90% of bacteria.
Besides, soak your fruits and veggies in vinegar solution also will keep them fresh for longer, kill two birds with one stone, yes?
4# Make a natural cleansing spray with baking soda and lemon juice
You can make a simple natural cleansing spray by mixing 1 tablespoon lemon juice with 2 tablespoons baking soda in a spray bottle of water. Spray the mixture to your fruits and vegetables and rinse it with cold water after some minutes. The combination of these 2 ingredients will clean your foods without any harmful effects.
5# A good method to wash berries(as they are so delicate and hard to clean)
You may also feel it’s difficult to wash berries, yes? Diluted fresh lemon juice can be used to clean them well, simply mix 2 cups of water with 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice and spray on your berries. Make sure the berries are well coated and soak them in cold water for 10 minutes. Let them dry before eating or storing.
6# Natural vegetables wash with lemon essential oil
Add 2-3 lemon essential oil into filtered water in a big bowl or your sink, soak your fruits and veggies and stir them around to make sure they’re all well coated with the solution. Rinse with fresh water after a minute or two.
Wash you fruits and vegetables, wash then right! What are your cleaning methods for your fruits and veggies? Share with us!