If you’d prefer little to no propamocarb hydrochloride on your lettuce or chlorpropham on your potatoes or glyphosate on your grapes, buy organic or wash them really well! The easiest and cheapest way is with a mix of 30% white vinegar to 70% water. Add a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice to your veggie wash if you’d prefer to smell lemon instead of vinegar while cleaning your produce and also to increase the acidity which kills more bacteria. The trick to cleaning your produce is letting it soak in this mix for a while. I know it’s tempting to spray, rinse and eat which is better than nothing but soaking your food in this mix for 5-10+ minutes and then rinsing in cool water will remove a whole lot more of the chemicals from your non-organic produce than a quick rinse would.
Keep in mind the produce that is known to have the most chemicals according to EWG in 2016. Here are what they call the dirty dozen: strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Wash these very well or buy organic if you can!
The clean 15 as EWG calls them for 2016, are foods with less chemicals found on them: avocadoes, corn, pineapples, cabbage, sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, honeydew, grapefruit, cantaloupe and cauliflower. If the budget only allows for some organic purchases, these are 15 you can skip organic and just wash thoroughly to remove dirt, bacteria etc.
Don’t let these chemicals keep you from eating your fruits and veggies as they are mandatory for good health. But do consider organic or gardening or a really good wash!
Here’s to your health!