Fruits and vegetables are considered as catalysts for improving and maintaining our health. They are found to be effective in fighting against heart related disorders and various other diseases. Most of these fruits and vegetables have nutrient rich contents along with vitamins and minerals. But with the advancement of technology, commercial farming took the place of organic farming. This lead to increased use of chemicals in the form pesticides and weed killers for yielding more in short period of time. But over dependence on chemicals have taken a toll on its quality and people’s health. So it is important to get rid of pesticides that may be present in fruits and vegetables that we buy. In this article, we will be discussing more about pesticides and how to get rid of them.
How To Make Fruits And Vegetables Safe
There are so many ways through which you can make these fruits and vegetables safer for consumption. But depending upon the intensity of pesticides, we will have to alter the remedial steps. Let’s see some of these effective steps capable of getting rid of pesticides.
1. Wash Fruits and Vegetables Properly
One of the most widely accepted method in getting rid of pesticides fruits and vegetables is to wash them properly. It is assumed that by washing them with 2% of salt water will help to remove most of the pesticide residues that normally appears on their surface. In fact around 75 to 85 percentage of pesticide residues will be removed by washing them with cold water, but still in most cases hot water is recommended. One must have to be more careful while washing certain fruits and vegetables like grapes, apples, mangoes, tomatoes, brinjal etc as these might have more pesticide residues on their surface.
2. Soaking in a Solution of Vinegar
Sometimes for keeping the freshness of fruits and vegetables, all you need is 2 ingredients. In this case, it is vinegar and water. We will briefly describe how to make this solution to effectively remove the pesticides.
- Take a large bowl capable enough of holding 1 part of vinegar and 4 parts of water.
- Let your fruits and vegetables to soak well in this solution for 1- 2 hours for safety.
- Now take off them from the solution and it will be ready for use after one more round of rinsing with water.
- Yet another advantage of soaking food items with vinegar solution is that it helps them to stay fresh for longer periods without getting spoiled.
After taking out the food items, if you check the leftovers in the bowl, you will be able to see all of the residues that came off the surface of food.
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3. Shrink and Peel
Keeping vegetables or fruits in hot water for a short while, is found to remove many of the leftover residues. The process of peeling has been used widely since olden days and is considered as an effective way of getting rid of pesticides which may be present on the surface of fruits and vegetables. Peeling is not meant only for fruits, but it is also effective with chicken or meat. This helps to let off the excess fat and skin as they might have absorbed unwanted pesticide residues.
4. Natural Spray
Well you might wonder, how come a spray remove the presence of pesticides? Of course they can, they are powerful and super easy to make with certain ingredients that are sure to be present in your kitchen!
- Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- Baking soda – 2 tablespoons
- Water – 1 cup
Blend all these ingredients together until the baking soda is completely dissolved and carefully poured into a spray bottle. Now spray this mixture onto the fruits and vegetables and let it soak completely for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse the surface of food item with water and enjoy the nutritious benefits.
5. Artificial Sprays
Many artificial food washing products are readily available in the market. Some of them are found to be effective, while other are bound to cause problems for the longevity of food items. But before choosing a product, make sure you are thorough with the ingredients used in them. You need to avoid such products that uses hard chemicals since they won’t be good enough to get rid of pesticides. Two of the best and most widely used products are :
- Citrus Magic Veggie Wash
- Biokleen Produce Wash
Apart from these two, there may be other products too which may be more effective. So it’s always better to ask the opinion of salesperson at the store before making the purchase.
Now that we have discussed various methods to get rid of pesticides, let’s see what are the major health problems caused by their presence in food items.
Effects of Pesticides on Food
The reason why many people turns to organic foods is because most of the foods available in markets comes with the danger of pesticide presence. Organic foods are not always cheap and easy to get, but remember that going through following health conditions will obviously cost you more than just money. Pesticides are capable of attacking your body on all fronts and may even cost you your health!!
Many research works have proved the influence of pesticides on different types of cancers like breast, brain, bone, liver, lungs etc. In fact people who lives nearby places where pesticides are sprayed to crops have an increased chance of getting affected by cancer. The effects of pesticides is found to move from generations to generations. Exposure of pesticide rich food by parents during pregnancy time is found to pass onto children even before birth, leading them to born with disabilities and other problems.
It is true that pesticides are not the main reason behind autism, but they are found to cause autism in some cases. Many of the researches done on this points to the condition of genes and pesticides that mother gets exposed to while pregnant as well as to the child during early years. These bugs are capable of affecting the neurological functioning of children.
3. Birth Defects
Assumed as one of the most brutal effects of pesticides, infertility is mainly due to the extreme exposure of chemicals. For men, a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos found in fields of strawberry and apple causes low testosterone levels. It is also found to be dangerous for pregnant women, as consuming pesticide rich foods or even living nearby pesticide sprayed crops can lead to the birth of children with various sorts of disabilities.
So what is the most effective way to avoid the presence of pesticides in food? The answer is simple, go for organic foods even if it means spending too much! In case if you cannot afford to its cost, make sure you choose fruits and vegetables which are least contaminated with pesticides or else try to make an organic garden to ensure that you and your family can have pesticide free foods whenever you wish. Through this way, you will no longer have to worry about the safety and health of your loved ones.
We would like to know what steps you take and how efficient it is in getting rid of pesticides from fruits and vegetables. If you have used any of the above mentioned steps, share with us your experiences as it could be of help to others. Get in touch with us through the comment box.