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Simple Tricks to Remove Pesticides From Fruits and Vegetables
Believe it or not, pesticides might be present in fruits and vegetables we eat. Even though the mere presence of pesticide residue in food does not imply that they pose a great health risk, you should be extremely careful of what you buy and where you buy it from. Here are three simple, do-it-yourself tricks you can adopt at home:Wash Your Food and Wash it Right.
EWG prepared a shopper’s guide of the least and most contaminated vegetables and fruits list respectively.
Dirty Dozen: Apples, cherry, celery, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, strawberry, hot pepper, peach, potato, sweet bell pepper, nectarines (imported)
Tomatoes - one of the most pesticide foods
Clean fruits and vegetables: avocados, sweet corn, pineapple and grapefruit.
Avocado is one of the foods containing least pesticide
Here are a couple of simple DIY recipes that you can use to remove pesticides from your fruits and vegetables:
Whip up a solution with 10 percent white vinegar and 90 percent water and soak your veggies and fruits in them. Stir them around and rinse thoroughly.
Experts from Environmental Working Group Claim that acetic acid present in white vinegar has the capability to kill 98% of bacteria and dissolves the wax and other chemical residues present on the skin of fruits and vegetables. Be careful while washing fruits like berries, and those with a thin peel as the solution might damage their porous outer-skin.
Vinegar helps remove all pesticides from foods
2. Salt water
The second tip is simpler and more familiar than the first one, which is salted water with 98% water and 2% salt. Soak vegetables, fruit in this mixture in about 15 minutes. It will help eliminate almost pesticide residues that are exposed on the surface of your fruits and vegetables.
Then rinse with cold water and use.
Soaking vegetables and fruits into salt water helps to eliminate pesticides
Dirty food is the first cause of all kinds of illness so you need to pay attention to clean food and carefully remove harmful substances before using!