Have you ever thought about the way that the fruits and vegetables get on your table? Well if you go back on the path, it is quite a long journey. The essential nutrients that every fruit and vegetable should contain are quite cut low because of the great amount of chemicals and pesticides throughout the process. Up to 65 % of the produce samples, which are analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test, have shown that fruits and vegetables are too positive for pesticides residues.
This means that practically every fruit or vegetable that is on your table has tons of chemicals which afterwards are directly stuck in your body, unless you choose buying certified organic products.
However, people usually do not have the money to buy everything organic, so the members of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) are here to inform us, which of the products are the most and which are the least contaminated with pesticides.
The list is changed annually, and we will share this year’s, dividing the produce into “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”.
On the “Dirty Dozen” list, there are 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 produce have a great variety of harmful pesticides and in 99% of the cases, they have been shown to be positive to at least one pesticide.
The “Clean Fifteen” list consists of 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. Of all these, the cleanest are the avocados, which have only 1% of pesticides in them.
How to clean your fruits and vegetables and make them safe for consumption?
Pure water will not clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly, so you should try our trick. You have to just wash the produce with a mix of distilled white vinegar and water. “Make sure the mix contains 10 % of vinegar and 90% of water”, says the dietician Gayle Povis Alleman. When you prepare the mixture, soak the fruits or vegetables in it and let them stay for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
As a proof that this mixture works, you will see that the water is dirtier than previous and contains some gunk. After being soaked, wash the produce with fresh water and they are ready for consumption, pesticide-free. For those who will dislike the eventual vinegar aroma, replacing the vinegar with lemon juice will do the work as well. It is also suggested to use 2% of salt water which will rinse your fruits and vegetables and remove the pesticides from the surface.
While this may seem quite a long process, you should have a conscious relationship with your food, and better consume a clean apple than one whose toxicity will harm you. We advise you to choose the safe way and prepare our vinegar and water wash.