Believe it or not, 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. Recently many advocacy groups and NGOs conducted random testing on fruits and vegetables and found unacceptably high amounts of pesticide residue in them. According to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), “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.
Today, tested positive for pesticide residues are around 65 percent of the produce samples analyzed by the US Department of Agriculture. The chances are that you are consuming a significant amount of pesticides every day unless you are buying certified organic fruit and vegetables.
Environmental Precautions Group (EWG) published a report that shows the most and less contaminated fruits and vegetables available on the market to inform the public about this.
Dirty Dozen is called the worst list, and this are the 12 items that you should buy organic.
Apples, strawberries, celery, grapes, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas (imported) and potatoes are the following Dirty Dozen items.
Fruits and vegetables with the least pesticides are the following: avocados, sweet corn, cabbage, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), onions, mangos, asparagus, papayas, eggplant, kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
To remove pesticide residues from the fruits and vegetables here are some simple tricks that you can use.
In a bowl put around one container white vinegar and leave the products of the soil in for 15 minutes. At that point, wash them well under running water. Around 98 percent of the microbes and pesticides on foods grown from the ground killes the white vinegar.
Preparing pop (Sodium bicarbonate)
The second alternative is preparing pop. In a bowl blend one tablespoon heating pop and leave the foods grown from the ground in for 15 minutes. At that point, wash them well under running water. The greater part of the pesticide buildup from the surface of the leafy foods will evacuate this flush.