Correctly Washing fruit & Vege

So you've made the decision to eat healthily and pack you diet full of healthy fruits and vegetables. Unless you're washing your produce properly, you could be adding to your toxic load from those nasty pesticides, which can cause anything from respiratory issues, liver toxicity to hormonal changes

Figure 1- Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen

Above is a diagram showing the Top 15 fruits and vegetables "The Clean Fifteen" with the least amount of pesticide impact and the Bottom 12 fruits and vegetables "The Dirty Dozen" that usually contain high residual amounts of pesticides. These bottom 12 are recommended to be purchased from organic sources as the fruit and vegetables in this category often contain the pesticide residue within the flesh due to being dowsed with pesticides throughout the growing process, making it impossible to wash away. 

Pesticide exposure can cause a range of neurological health effects such as memory loss, loss of coordination, reduced speed of response to stimuli, reduced visual ability, altered or uncontrollable mood and general behaviour, and reduced motor skills. Other possible health effects include asthma, allergies, and hypersensitivity, and pesticide exposure is also linked with cancer, hormone disruption, and problems with reproduction and foetal development.

How to wash your vegetables and fruit effectively

Baking soda (ensure it is aluminium free)

For hardy fruits and vegetables: Use 2 tbsp baking soda in a bowl of water and add your fruit/vegetable. soak for 10 mins then rinse under cold running water until all traces of the baking soda are gone. 

For leafy greens: Same process as above, but only soak for max 5 mins as they will start to wilt.

White Vinegar

For delicate fruits/vege: Pour 1 cup white vinegar into a spray bottle with 3-4 cups filtered  water. Shake well. Spray the produce enough so well covered. Rub your fruit/vegetable to make sure it is well covered. Leave for 5 minutes, then wash thoroughly before eating.

For Leafy greens: Pour 1.5 cups white vinegar into a large bowl and add 3-4 cups  filtered water water. Soak leaves for 5-10 mins. Remove leaves from the bowl and rinse under cold running water. Shake off excess liquid.

For hardy vege: Pour 1.5 cups white vinegar into a large bowl and add 3 cups water. Submerge vegetable for at least ten minutes. Rinse under cold water and shake off excess.