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The age-old question…

“Should you wash your fruit and vegetables before eating them?”

I get it, you’ve gone to all of the trouble to write a list, go shopping, pick each individual item and then pack it away. Who has time/energy to fill a sink with ‘rinsing solution’ to now wash all of what you have bought, before you put it away?

And, does it even matter?”

Well…the fact you are reading this article, probably gives you your answer right there!

You know it does.

You know that most of what we buy, whether we have bought it at a Farmers Market or in one of the ‘big-chain’ supermarkets, isn’t necessarily ‘what nature intended’. If nothing less, it’s been picked, packed and probably pushed aside a few dozen (or more) times from people who have come into contact with it. If it’s a commercially-grown item, rest assured it’s been sprayed and sprayed, ohhh, and sprayed some more!

Chances are, by the time you bring your apple, lettuce, cauliflower, celery, strawberries home, it’s been bathed in herbicides (nasty things like ‘Roundup’ that contain Glyphosate) , insecticides and fungicides.

“So, what do we do?”

We get that growers have to maintain their crops. We get that nature can be a bit unruly at times and we have to find a way to live in harmony with it. So, we can understand why we find ourselves having to deal with toxins on our fruit and veggies. Farmers need to keep the birds and bugs away. They need to stop the weeds from taking over and they need to ensure their crops grow and produce ‘quality product’ year-on-year.

“Is buying organic the answer?”

Of course, organic produce is far less sprayed than non-organic. It doesn’t mean it is totally ‘spray-free’, but it does give us a level of comfort that the grower has a bit more of a conscious bias towards natural and less-toxic. However, it doesn’t mean it is totally clean, but it does mean that your dollars go towards supporting ‘more of this’ than ‘more of that’.

“I don’t have the budget for organic!”

That’s totally okay. The key is that you are eating fruits and vegetables, not whether it’s organic or not! Whatever your budget allows is what it allows. The most important thing is that you continue to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables daily.

So, getting back to the ‘wash up’…

“Does washing in water do anything?”

The short answer is YES. It does remove some of the surface-based grime, but other solutions are much better.

“What’s the best product to wash my fruit and vegetables?”

BICARB SODA. It’s cheap, natural and it works. You may have heard that SALT or APPLE CIDER VINEGAR works as well. From all of our research, Bicarb Soda still comes out on top. And, just as an aside – White Vinegar (which is great to use for cleaning) is not a great alternative to wash your produce in due to the fact it contains acetic acid (which is an irritant).

“Do I have to wash ALL fruits and vegetables?”

Nope. But, the key one’s to give a little bathe (or make sure you buy organic) are listed below:

  1. Apple
  2. Strawberries
  3. Pear
  4. Grape
  5. Lettuce
  6. Nectarine
  7. Peach

*Data is based upon the Friends of the Earth report.

“What’s the quickest and easiest way to wash fruits and vegetables?”

Step 1: Fill your sink with tap water

Step 2: Add one teaspoon of Bicarb Soda and swirl around

Step 3: Add fruits and vegetables

Step 4: Leave soaking for 10-15 minutes (or, if you want to fast-track this, swirl around for a couple of minutes with your hand)

Step 5: Let the water out and leave your freshly-cleaned produce to dry

“Does juicing my fruits and vegetables solve this problem?”

Dr. Norman Walker’s research (in 1970) showed that toxic sprays are retained in the insoluble fibre (your pulp), which means they don’t end up in your juice! So, the answer to this question is ‘YES’.

Norman Walker was vegan and an author of six books that spoke to ‘the power of plants’. He was a pioneer in raw foods, juicing and vegetarian movements and advocated drinking fresh, raw cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices to maintain one’s health.

So, if you don’t want to wash it,  then JUICE IT!!!

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