The importance of washing produce before eating or cooking it was driven home by the release of a "dirty dozen" list of fruits and vegetables that tested positive for the highest concentration of pesticides.
Pesticides are toxic. They are designed to kill things and most are not good for you. Apples, a staple in many refrigerators, topped the list with 98 percent testing positive for a pesticide and 92 percent testing positive for two or more pesticides. Coming in second was celery, with more than 95 percent testing positive for at least one pesticide.
Others on the list of shame include: strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce and kale or collard greens.
Although these pesticides are dangerous they do not outweigh the benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Be sure to wash your food well before consuming and if possible use a DIY vegetable wash to ensure the removal of pesticides and bacteria naturally.
DIY Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Wash Spray
This spray works best for hard-skinned fruit and vegetables, such as apples, oranges, cantaloupe, grapes, cucumbers, carrots and eggplant.
- 1 and 1/2 cups filtered or distilled water
- 3/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar
- 10 drops of Lemon essential oil see more about Lemon Oil Here
- Spray bottle