So much of our fresh fruits and vegetables are covered in waxy films or have pesticide residues. Below is a short video showing a quick, simple and cheap way of removing any residues. We all know that including fruit and vegetables in our daily diets is good for our health, however residues of many hazardous pesticides are still detected in worryingly high levels. Not everybody has the means to buy or the access organic produce.
Here is a simple way to ensure that the fruit and veggies you eat are as clean as possible:
- Mix a solution of any basic white vinegar with water in a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
- Pour over your chosen fruit or veggies and allow them to sit for 15 minutes or so.
- Then rinse.
You will be left with clean produce with no lingering aroma of vinegar, and a bowl of dirty looking water showing all the gunk you have removed – the results may surprise you.
Note: Do not use this method on more fragile fruits such as berries as they can become damaged in the process and soak up too much vinegar through their more porous skins.
Watch this short video below:
The Environmental Working Group(EWG) believes that the US public has a right to know about the level of exposure to often toxic chemicals commonly found in our fresh produce. They produce an annual list of their results which shows what is widely known as the ‘Dirty Dozen™’ and, conversely, the ‘Clean Fifteen™’ representing the least contaminated.
Some of the more startling discoveries in the EWG report for 2014 are:
- “Every sample of imported nectarines and 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
- A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.