This newsletter is another in an ongoing effort to provide Sweet Waters Adventure customers with healthy tips that may enhance their time on the water and prolong their ability to enjoy their passion. In the last newsletter about healthy lifestyle improvements, I introduced you to our family’s favorite breakfast smoothie. Actually, we make enough for breakfast and lunch, and occasionally I have enough left over to have one with my dinner. Of course, I am not a doctor, but my wife is a chemistry professor, and yes, I slept at a Holiday Inn many times. I get most of the information I pass along from various science and medical journals and different medical websites such as webmd.com. I am also proud to belong to the rare breed who follows its own advise — for the most part. Since we are on the topic of smoothies, I thought I would share a short article about cleaning the pesticides and other chemicals from your fruits and vegetables.

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I hate to break it to you, but you might want to start scrubbing your fruits and veggies a little harder. Not only can eating pesticides seriously damage your health, but most of your favorite fruits and vegetables are probably covered in the stuff. But if you just splash a bit of water on that Granny Smith apple before chowing down, you’re not doing yourself any favors. It turns out, there’s only one right way to wash the pesticides off your fruit—and you need a common household ingredient to make the magic happen.

 

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According to a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, using baking soda is the best method to rid your fruits of those unappetizing chemicals. Scientists applied three different washing methods to a batch of Gala apples—Clorox bleach, baking soda, or plain tap water—and tracked the pesticide levels throughout. Here’s what they found: The apples that soaked in a solution of one percent baking soda and water for eight minutes had significantly less pesticide on their surfaces than those in the bleach or water mixes. After 12 to 15 minutes of soaking, almost all of the pesticide residue was eliminated from the fruit.

cleaning fruit of pesticidesWhy baking soda, of all things? It turns out, sodium bicarbonate (the scientific term for baking soda) is particularly good at breaking down two kinds of pesticides, in particular: thiabendazole and phosmet. But this isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all approach, as baking soda might not have the same effect on other chemicals. Plus, the baking soda can’t reach pesticides that have soaked into the fruit’s skin—even after the produce has been washed. In other words, “this solution isn’t a guarantee of a pesticide-free snack,” Popular Science writes. Still, it can’t hurt to play it safe.

No time (or patience!) to let your fruit soak? The scientists say sprinkling a bit of baking soda along with your normal wash is a good alternative. And if worse comes to worst, you can always go organic. Just make sure to read up on the things you didn’t know about organic food first.

 

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and thanks so much for all the energetic feedback from the previous newsletter. Please feel free to add any information or comments that might be relevant to the newsletter. Thanks so much for your time and effort.

Jim Stenson





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3 Responses to “How to Remove Pesticides From Your Fruit”

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  1. by Pipes

    On June 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Great stuff Jimmy! Well done on the presenting of the info too. CP

  2. by june dieckhoff

    On June 22, 2019 at 9:38 am

    how about a peroxide scrub? Any good? I have been doing this for years. Filling sink with water, adding hydrogen peroxide and soaking for quite a while and then brushing fruit and vegetables. Is this effective?

  3. by jim

    On June 23, 2019 at 8:23 am

    I looked it up, and I asked my wife, and all is good. Thanks so much for the great tip June. It’s a shame that we have to do it in the first place.


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