When you go shopping, you probably think you are buying healthy, natural foods. But these fruits and vegetables that you choose with care are all affected by pesticides!
Pesticides are used in agriculture to increase production of fruits and vegetables and prevent yield loss, which helps maintain low prices for these foods. They are also used to repel insects that could reduce harvests.
The dangers of pesticides
Pesticides can lead to many ailments such as respiratory problems, headaches, early puberty, certain allergies, thyroid and fertility problems, miscarriages and birth defects.
Pesticides are used in agriculture throughout the world. But according to a study by the National Institute of Health Surveillance (InVS), the French have more pesticides in the body that Germans and Americans. Note that in France, about 66,000 tons of pesticides are used each year in agricultural and horticultural crops.
Furthermore, the Foundation Against Cancer notes that pesticides may affect certain organs (lungs, liver, kidneys) and cause cancer, and hormonal and immune disorders.
How to remove pesticides from your food?
There is a simple, natural and effective way for removing pesticides and toxic substances from the fruits and vegetables!
You will need:
- 6 cups of drinking water
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
How it works?
Wash the vegetables and then place them in a bowl. Add the water and vinegar, then cover the bowl and let sit for 1 hour.
Your fruits and vegetables are now free from pesticides and ready to eat.
Long-term consumption of food containing pesticides can endanger your health, so try to clean them with this natural solution before consumption.
If your budget is limited and you can’t obtain organic products, this inexpensive method can dramatically improve your quality of life!
Other methods to purify your food
- Mixtures to clean the fruits and vegetables:
- 1 cup of water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
- 1 cup of water 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
- 1 cup of water with a few drops of grapefruit seed extract, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and ½ cup apple cider vinegar.
- Peel the fruits and vegetables
This method is the best to get rid of pesticides, even if you lose the vitamins and minerals concentrated in the skin. The method suggest that before eating fruits and vegetables, you should rinse them thoroughly and peel them (do not peel them without having washed them beforehand).
These methods are to be adopted with all foods, including: cucumbers, peaches, apples, grapes, cherry tomatoes, nectarines, potatoes, spinach, peppers, peas and strawberries. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticides:
Fruits and vegetables containing most pesticides are:
Fruits and vegetables containing least pesticides are: