Many people believe that they eat healthy food just because they regularly consume fruits and vegetables. However, many of these foods are treated with various chemicals and pesticides. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that almost 65% of the tested produce samples were positive to pesticides.
There is an organization named The Environmental Working Group whose aim is to provide precise information about the chemicals in food and beauty products in order to be sure that consumers are well-informed about the products they`re buying. This organization regularly protests against using chemicals in foods which can negatively affect people`s health and environment.
Each year the EWG provides a list with the most and least chemically treated fruits and vegetables and reports this information to consumers. Here is a list of the top highly chemically treated produce, commonly referred to as “The Dirty Dozen”: apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, and sweet bell peppers. In the list are also includes collard greens, hot peppers and kale.
All know that buying organic produce is not very economical, knowing the difference in price between conventional and organic foods. Therefore, it is very important to know how to wash the fruits and vegetables properly in order to remove the residues from the pesticides. One super effective way for washing produce is using white vinegar.
According to experts, white vinegar is more effective than commercial spray bottle products for washing fruits and vegetables. The procedure is very simple. You should use 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts of water combined in a spray bottle. Spray the foods with this vinegar mixture, scrub with a scrub brush and then wash them with clear water.
Recent studies have associated the use of chemicals and pesticides and chemicals with a number of diseases and chronic health conditions. More precisely, it has been showed that pesticides can lead to learning disability and even cancer. Therefore, proper washing and cleaning of your foods is of vital importance. White vinegar is easy, economical and very effective way to clean your fruits and vegetables from chemical and pesticide residues.