Proper ways to remove pesticides from fruits, veggies

ALMOST all agricultural products (except organic) were coated with pesticide. From fruits to different kinds of vegetables, we are consuming a significant amount of chemicals every day along with these healthy foods.

People may not be aware of this but health effects from eating natural foods laced with pesticides include rashes, irritation or allergies.



Mixture of vinegar and water effectively clean the produce of pesticides. Rinse them well later to remove any lingering vinegar. Right, you may need to scrub them to get rid of chemicals that linger in crevices.


Washing them with water may not be enough to get rid of impurities on the skin. Most of the fruits and vegetables contain a number of different pesticide residues and have high concentrations of pesticides relative to other produce items. For example, every sample of imported nectarines and 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. We’ll soon be buying apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches, tomatoes this holiday season.

Did you know that there are certain so-called “cleanest” fruits and veggies? They are least likely to hold pesticides and these include avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Avocados are the cleanest, with only one percent showing any detectable pesticides.

There is a simple and cheap trick that can help you get rid of those nasty chemicals. Simply wash your fresh produce in distilled white vinegar and water solution.

Make a 10 percent vinegar and 90 percent water mixture, then soaked your veggies and fruits for about 15 to 20 minutes. You will notice later that your bowl will be filled with gunk.

Just rinse the fruits and vegetables in fresh water, and then enjoy your cleaner product. A reminder: this method shouldn’t be used on fragile fruits such as berries, as they have a very porous skin and might get damaged when soaked in vinegar. With other fruits, there should be no lingering vinegar aroma. If you wish, you can also use lemon juice.

If you don’t have vinegar, wash your fruits and vegetables with 2 percent of salt water. This should remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface.

Washing fruits and veggies should be thorough since there are chemicals that linger in crevices. Washing them diligently with cold water will able to remove 70 to 80 percent of all pesticides. Don’t rush in preparing your food, you don’t want to consume portion of toxins in your meal.