Eating lots of fruits and veggies every day is essential for good health. However, unless you are buying only organic fruits and vegetables, you’re probably consuming pesticides along with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Not a good way to eat, right?
Recently, Swedish researchers have conducted a study that has found that pesticides and plant growth regulators can build up in the systems of adults and children. The good news is that the same study also found that a break from pesticides of two weeks resulted in almost completely pesticide-free urines of the participants.
So, if you want to improve your health and the health of your loved ones, make sure you’re actually removing these chemicals from the fruits and veggies you’re consuming. Here is how.
Wash Your Produce the Right Way
Before consuming any of the fruits and veggies you buy, wash them long and thoroughly. To make sure you’re getting most of the chemicals removed, also try these methods.
To remove most of the pesticides that appear on the surface of the food, add a bit of a salt (2%) to water and make a salt water solution. Mix two teaspoons of salt with four cups of water and stir well. Soak your fruits and veggies for about 30 minutes and then rinse and scrub them under cold water.
A vinegar soak is an excellent way to remove pesticides from the produce. Make a vinegar solution by mixing 10% white vinegar with 90% water and then soak your produce in the solution for 30 minutes. After that, rinse and scrub them under cold water thoroughly.
Peeling your veggies will remove harmful chemicals in no time. Simply soak your vegetables in warm water for a while and then peel them.
Finally, the best way to avoid pesticides is to go organic. Organic fruits and vegetables are guaranteed to have no harmful chemicals. Granted, these are more expensive and therefore not for everyone – but whenever possible, do buy organic produce.