It is well known that fruits and vegetables available in the market these days contain some amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Different kinds of pesticides are used during cultivation and sometimes fruits are even treated with chemicals after they are plucked to make them look attractive. Having these chemical-laced fruits can have a bad impact on your health. Here is how you can protect your family from these harmful chemicals, as per science.
Cleaning the fruits
We all clean the fruits with water after getting it from the market. But do you know that mere scrubbing your fruits and veggies with water is not going to help you anyway. This does not help to remove pesticides from the fruits. As per science, there is only one product that can help you get rid of pesticides and that is baking soda.
What the study says
As per a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, this common product found in every household can help to clean fruits and veggies properly. While conducting a study, scientists washed apples with three different products- Clorox bleach, baking soda, and plain tap water- and tracked the number of pesticides left in it. They found out that the apples soaked in 1 percent of baking soda and water for eight minutes had significantly less pesticides than when they are washed with other products. After 12 to 15 minutes, it was found that all the pesticides from apples were washed away.
Why baking soda works?
Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is an excellent product to break down two kinds of pesticides – thiabendazole and phosmet. But it not necessary it has a similar effect on other types of pesticides as well. Moreover, baking soda cannot wash pesticides that have been soaked into the fruit’s skin.
If you do not have time to soak your fruit in baking soda, just sprinkle some on it along with normal wash. Another way by which you can cut down the pesticides in your food is by opting for organic fruits and vegetables.