How to clean your produce – the next best thing to buying organic

We all know that the best form of produce is organic – free from pesticides and fungicides.

However it isn’t always easy to access organics as they can be unavailable and much more expensive.

Did you know that research has now shown that there is an effective and easy way to wash conventional produce to remove pesticides. 

A new study from researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, investigated this issue. In the study gala apples were sprayed with two types of pesticides: phosmet, which is a known insecticide, and thiabendazole, a fungicide. 

Then to attempt to remove it again apples were rinsed with three liquids: 

(A) A thorough 2 minute wash/scrub in water.

(B) A soak in one percent baking soda mixed with water before a wash/scrub in water

(C) A thorough wash in a commercial bleach solution approved by the United States EPA

The findings were that the tap water and bleach product did little to remove the pesticides.  The baking soda, on the other hand, made short work of the pesticide residue.  In fact, it actually got rid of the toxic chemicals almost completely.

The study showed 80% of the thiabendazole was removed from the apples and 96% of the phosmet (which does not penetrate as deeply).

So, how should you use this information to wash your produce?

* Fill a large bowl with water.

* Then add a teaspoon of baking soda.

* Add the veggies/fruits.

* Soak for a minute or two.

* Scrub with a brush.

* Finally, rinse off the veggies/fruits.

Done!

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