6 Impressive Ways To Remove Pesticides From Fruits & Vegetables
Remove Pesticides From Fruits & Vegetables
Remove Pesticides From Fruits & Vegetables :- Studies have shown that washing your produce can reduce the pesticide residue, but won’t eliminate all pesticides. Pesticides might be present in fruits and vegetables we eat. They are primarily used during the cultivation of crops and in some cases may remain as residues. High levels of pesticide residues can be toxic enough to cause long-term cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems, birth defects, and severe disruption of the immune system.
6 Different Ways To Remove Pesticides From Fruits & Vegetables
Wash Your Food
Wash all your fruits and vegetables. Washing them with 2% of salt water will remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of the vegetables and fruits. Almost 75 to 80 percent of pesticide residues are removed by cold water washing. Also, be more thorough with these fruits and vegetables in specific: grapes, apples, guava, plums, mangoes, peaches and pears and vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal and okra as they might carry more residue in their crevices.
Blanch and Peel
Treat your vegetables to warm water for a short while and this should remove any leftover residue. Peeling is another efficient way to remove residue and comes highly recommended especially when there might be some residue in the crevices of the fruit. Also, when cooking with chicken or meat, cut off the excess fat and skin as it could have absorbed unwanted pesticide residue.
This is probably the safest and most easy way of making the food healthy. Most of the dirt and germs reside in the outermost part of the fruits or vegetables. Peeling off the outer skin will, therefore, solve the problem and you will be able to present the actually healthy food to your family.
Keep a plastic made brush/scrubber as shown in picture only for use of cleaning the vegetables like Potatoes, Beet Roots, Cucumber i.e. the vegetables which have thick skin. Scrubbing is especially useful when you want to use these vegetables without peeling. E.g. Baked Potato.
White Vinegar Trick
Vinegar is most commonly recommended by experts to clean the produce. Keep the food in vinegar-water solution, containing 4 parts of water and 1 part of vinegar. After 15 minutes, take them out and wash with clean cold water. You can observe the colour change due to absorption of toxic elements if they are present in the food.
It will be better if you are using organic white vinegar for this purpose. The porous and fragile foods should not be treated with this solution, as they may absorb the taste and smell of vinegar. You can use this method of cleaning for berries.
Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant due to the presence of Curcumin. Studies say that turmeric may kill bacteria and viruses. You can use 2-3 pinches of turmeric in warm water to wash the leafy greens. It will kill the elements which can affect your health adversely.
Home Prepared Spray
It is super easy to prepare a pesticide removing spray with natural ingredients. Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and two teaspoons of baking soda in a cup of water. Fill it in a sprayer bottle and it is ready. Spray it on the food items and leave for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with clean water to get healthy produce.