Tips for cleaning fruits & vegetables
Eating enough fruits and vegetables is an essential part of a healthy diet. Before eating raw fruits and vegetables, it is important to properly wash them, since they are commonly grown with pesticides and pass many hands before they reach yours! The least you can do is wash the produce under running water, rubbing gently with your hands (which of course you remembered to wash before this with soap and water). Produce with a firm skin can be washed using running water and a vegetable brush.
Something I recently heard of (courtesy of a friend 🙂 is washing your produce using white vinegar and water. This has been shown to significantly reduce your exposure to pesticides and bacteria. Natural produce washes can be purchased, however they tend to be quite expensive. You can easily make your own by purchasing a spray bottle and combining white vinegar with water (1:3 ratio). Before eating smooth-skinned produce (i.e. tomatoes, apples, grapes), spray them with the wash you prepared, allow them to rest for 30 seconds and then rinse under cold, running water. Firm/rough skinned produce (i.e broccoli, potatoes, berries) require soaking in a bowl with a 1:3 vinegar and water mixture for about 15-20 minutes, then rinsing under cold, running water. I also read that adding some lemon juice to this mixture increases its acidity and makes it more effective.
Hope you find this tip as interesting and important as I did!
Have fun and stay healthy 🙂
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