Do you ever think about what happens to fruits and vegetables before they get to your table? In fact, the process is quite long. Unfortunately, the essential nutrients that each fruit and vegetable should have are pretty low, since great amounts of chemicals and pesticides are used throughout the process.
More then 65% of the product samples that were analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test were positive for pesticides residues. This means that every fruit or vegetable that you buy has numerous chemicals that transfer to your body, unless you buy only organic products. However, not everyone buys organic food, so members of the Environmental Working Group published a list of the products that have the most, and the products that have the least pesticides. According to them, the list changes yearly, and they have divided it into “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”.
These fruits and vegetables are in the former group: apples, grapes, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and potatoes. They contain harmful pesticides, and in 99% of the cases, they have been positive to at least 1 pesticide. Avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, mangoes, asparagus, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes are on “The Clean Fifteen” group. The cleanest are the avocados, with only 1% of pesticides.
The proper way to clean fruits and vegetables
Rinsing the fruits and vegetables only with water will not suffice. Instead, wash the products with a mixture of 10% vinegar, and 90% water, according to Gayle Povis Alleman, a dietician. After you have prepared the mixture, put the fruits or vegetables in it, and leave them for 20 minutes. A proof that this mixture is efficient is the dirtiness of the water and the gunk in it after you remove the fruits or vegetables. After removing them, rinse them with fresh water and they can be freely consumed. If you do not like vinegar aroma, use lemon juice instead. Use 2% of salt water as well, because it will rinse the fruits and vegetables, and also clean them from pesticides on the surface.
You may think that this procedure will take up a lot of your time, however, always take into consideration that your health is in question.