Times have changed, so food quality cannot remain the same as well. Since, sixth or seventh grade, we have been reading about the harmful effects of fruits due to the addition of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The apathy is that the soil in which they grow, deeply affects the food quality. In fact, these chemicals are so well engraved that it’s visually impossible to site their intrusion. Doing this is as difficult as separating oil from water, but you can do it!
Wash all your fruits and vegetables. According to the CSE, washing them (with 2% of the salt-water ratio) removes most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface of the vegetables and fruits. Almost 75 to 80 percent of pesticide residues are removed by cold water washing. Also, be more thorough with these fruits and vegetables in specific: grapes, apples, guava, plums, mangoes, peaches and pears and vegetables like tomatoes, brinjal, and okra as they might carry more residue in their crevices.
Soak in vinegar
Prepare a solution of ten percent white vinegar and ninety percent water and soak your veggies and fruits in them. Stir them around and rinse thoroughly. Be careful while washing fruits like berries, and those with a thin peel as the solution might damage their porous outer skin.
In fact, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) came up with a report that declares –
“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.”
So, you see, when you pay for the food, make sure only the healthy version of it reaches you.