A research was conducted recently by the Department of Agriculture of the US, and it revealed that approximately 65% of the fruits and vegetables we buy from the market and local stores contain pesticides, and this fact concerned millions of people, since not one of them was aware of it.
However, since putting an end to pesticide-infected foods would be an economic nightmare, an organization has been founded by the Environmental Working Group with the goal of informing the consumers about the pesticides which are used for vegetables and fruits, as well as for the chemicals in cosmetic products. Their main purpose is customer safety, and spreading the information that the people need to know before buying such products.
That is why the organization publishes a list with cosmetics and food which have the least and the most chemicals, and the list is renewed annually to keep the customers informed in every way. But it is in this list, under the category of food which contains the most chemicals that you can find natural products such as cucumbers, strawberries, kale, apples, tomatoes, berries, sweet bell peppers, peaches, hot peppers, spinach, celery, potatoes, collard greens, snap peas and many other foods.
The solutions are few, and even if you aim to consume organic food, you’ll find out that the products are quite expensive and at the same time organic food is far healthier and safer. But if you can’t afford to buy organic vegetables and fruits, then you need to know how to protect yourself and your family, and properly wash the fruits and vegetables which have been sprayed with pesticides.
The most efficient way to wash your products is using organic distilled white vinegar. The solution can be prepared at home and all you need are three parts of water with one part vinegar. Mix these two ingredients together, put it in a spray bottle, and spray the fruits and vegetables when you need to. After spraying them, scrub them with a comb, and wash them with water.