Harmful pesticides or its residues most likely present in fruits and vegetables we eat. They are primarily used during the cultivation of crops and in some cases may remain as residues. Many research has shown, high levels of pesticide residues can be toxic and could cause serious illness, long-term cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, birth defects, and severe disruption of the immune system.
To wash off the harmful pesticides there’re some tips from to ensure your conventional produce is as healthy as possible!
Or you can try growing your own produce or buying only organic products if possible.
1. Soak it in Saltwater
Research suggests that soaking fruits and vegetables in a 10 percent saltwater solution for 20 minutes can get rid of most of the residues from pesticides.
2. Natural Vinegar Wash
Vinegar is another way to remove residues from fruits and vegetables. Some suggest that a solution of 4-parts water to 1-part vinegar for about 20 minutes should do the trick. Another benefit of using a natural vinegar wash is that you are also removing bacteria from the produce.
3. Peel it
Or simply by peeling the skins off (though for many fruits and vegetables, the peel tends to be a nutrient-dense resource).
Studies have shown that washing your produce can reduce the pesticide residue, but won’t eliminate all pesticides. It is advised that if you are using salt or vinegar you need to soak it for at least 20 minutes.
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