We always recommend eating more fruits and vegetables for a healthy body and sharp brain. Unfortunately, all of the fruits and vegetables available in the market are full of chemicals and pesticide residue. There is more harm then good in them.
Prices of food is rising but the quality is decreasing. Even after paying more money we cannot get quality food for our family. Organic farming is a new approach to this problem. Although its costly but organic foods do not contain harmful pesticides but it’s not available everywhere. Also, people might be selling the same chemical food under the label organic.
Not every one of us can leave job start farming or not everyone is as rich to own a farm and reap their own crop but there are many things we can do to minimize the loss and maximise the benefits. We need to learn how to remove chemicals and pesticide residue from fruits and vegetables.
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We wash our fruits and vegetables before consuming them, that helps but that does not remove all the pesticides from vegetables and fruits. You need to wash them right to get rid of all the pesticide residue on fruits. We are going to tell you 5 ways in which you can get rid of pesticides in fruits and vegetables at home.
How to Get Rid of Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables
1. Right way to wash your fruits and vegetables
Washing the fruits and vegetables is the first and very basic thing we can do to remove pesticides from them. We need to learn the right way to wash them to get rid of maximum pesticides.
Prepare a 2% salt water solution and wash your fruits and vegetables with this solution. About 80% of pesticide residue is found on the surface of fruits and vegetables so washing them with 2% salt water is a very effective way to get rid of most of the chemical residue left on the surface. Fruits such as grapes, plums, mangoes, peaches, pears should be washed more thoroughly. Leafy vegetables also need thorough washing.
2. Vinegar soak to remove pesticides
Another way to make the fruits and vegetables safer for consumption is by washing them in a distilled vinegar solution. Make a solution of 10% vinegar in 90% water.
Now, dip all of your fruits and vegetables in this solution and leave them in the solution for about 20 minutes. Now take out the produce from vinegar solution and rinse them in cold water. You will see the vinegar solution has turned dirty because it has absorbed the pesticides from your fruits and vegetables.
Do not use this method on fragile fruits like berries, grapes because they might soak too much of vinegar from the solution and damage their skin.
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3. Baking Soda and Lemon
You can make your own pesticide removal spray at home. This treatment is inexpensive and requires baking soda, lemon and water as ingredients. A very powerful way to get rid of pesticides in fruits and vegetables.
Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda in 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 1 cup of water. Mix them untill baking soda is fully dissolved. Now, put the mixture in a clean spray bottle. Spray the solution on your fruits and vegetables and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. This method will remove most of the pesticides from fruits and vegetables.
Wash away with normal water and enjoy.
4. Know which fruits and vegetables have the maximum pesticide residue
A survey has stated that some fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue than others. So, you must know which of the fruits and vegetables contain more chemicals and are more harmful so that next time you go to market you can intelligently pick the ones with lower chemical risk.
Here is a list of fruits and vegetables with higher pesticide risk: Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Strawberries, Grapes, Celery, Spinach, Sweet bell peppers, Cucumbers, Cherry tomatoes, Snap peas, Potatoes
The following produce was found to have relatively lower pesticide levels: Avocados, Sweet corn, Pineapples, Cabbage, Sweet peas, Onions, Asparagus, Mangoes, Papayas, Kiwi, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, Sweet potatoes.
5. Peel off
Most of the pesticide residue is found on the outer most part of the fruits and vegetables that is its peel so whenever possible try to peel off the produce and then consume it.
I hope this article on how to remove pesticides from vegetables and fruits will help you to consume safer produce. Other than these 5 tips for removing pesticides from your produce you can also buy produce cleaner bleach or other products to clean your produce.
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