It has been proved by a research, conducted by The Department of Agriculture of USA, that more than 65% of fruit and vegetables contain pesticides. This is very concerning especially because not many people know about this.
An organization has been founded by the Environmental Working Group just for this reason. To inform the consumers about the pesticides which are used for fruit and vegetables and also for the chemical in the cosmetics. Their main purpose is customer’s safety about buying any of these products.
This organization publishes a list with food and cosmetics that has the least and the most chemicals. This list is renewed every year in order to keep the customers informed.
In this list, under the category of food that contains the most chemicals, you can find these products: strawberries, cucumbers, kale, purple berries, little tomatoes, apples, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, peaches, celery, spinach, collard greens, potatoes, snap peas and many more.
On the other hand, if you want to protect yourself and consume organic food, you will find out that it is not very cheap. Organic food is much healthier and safer. But in case you cannot afford to buy organic fruit and vegetables, you must know how to wash the fruit and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides.
The most efficient ingredient for this purpose is the organic distilled white vinegar.
You can make this solution by yourself at home instead of buying commercial spray bottles. All you need is three parts of water and one part of vinegar. Pour all that in a spray bottle and spray the fruit and vegetable when needed. After spraying it is recommended to scrub them with a comb and wash with clean water.
This type of chemicals can cause numerous medical conditions, such as cancer. For that reason it is very important to wash your fruit and vegetables properly.