Today, around 65 percent of the fruit and vegetables samples examined by the United States Department of Agriculture are checked positive for pesticide residues.
Unless you are purchasing qualified organic vegetables and fruit, the chances are that you are taking in a considerable amount of pesticides every day.
To notify the general public about this, Environmental Measure Group (EWG) published a report that reveals the most and less contaminated fruits and vegetables available on the market.
The worst list is called the Dirty Lots, and this are the 12 products that you should purchase organic.The twelve Dirty Lots products are the following:
- sweet bell peppers,
- nectarines (imported),
- cherry tomatoes,
- snap peas (imported)
- and potatoes.
- 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.
Here are some easy techniques that you can utilize to remove pesticide residues from the vegetables and fruits.
Put about one cup white vinegar in a bowl and leave the vegetables and fruits in for 15 minutes. Then, wash them well under running water. White vinegar eliminates around 98 percent of the germs and pesticides on fruits and vegetables.
Baking soda (Salt bicarbonate).
The 2nd choice is baking soda. Mix one tablespoon baking soda in a bowl and leave the vegetables and fruits in for 15 minutes. Then, wash them well under running water. This rinse will eliminate the majority of the pesticide residue from the surface of the vegetables and fruits.