Analysis, based on produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, found that strawberries and spinach contained the highest amounts of pesticide residues. One sample of strawberries, for example, tested positive for 20 different pesticides, and spinach contained nearly twice the pesticide residue by weight than any other fruit or vegetable. So, we’ve put together this little guide on the top twelve fruits & veggies to buy as organic PLUS the fruit & veggies where there’s no need to buy organic – happy health! Here is the full list of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables:
The Environmental Working Group also released its annual “Clean Fifteen” produce list. Less than 30% of those fruits and vegetables have pesticide contamination, based on the USDA’s testing. The “Clean Fifteen” includes the following:
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
- Honeydew melons
Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables can be a concern for many people. That’s why many people like to wash their fruits and vegetables in an apple cider vinegar bath. The hope is that it’ll remove more of the chemical residues than water alone.
Although it’s not entirely clear if it will remove more pesticides than simply washing with water, it may help kill any dangerous bacteria on food.
For example, washing foods in vinegar has been shown to remove dangerous bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Just take a moment to think about the many, MANY hands that have handled the fruits & veggies you purchase. From pickers, sorters, packers, shop keepers, customers (they pick up, smell, squeeze and eyeball it before putting it down and choosing another). Do you think that 100% of these washed their hands after going to the bathroom, after blowing their nose, sneezing, sweating….? eeeew!
Here’s our tip; when you get home, run a full sink of water and a big splash of apple cider vinegar. Let them soak for a bit, give them a rub and leave to drip dry on the side of the sink. If you’re Swagging those little beauties then you won’t be introducing any nasties into your Swags. Nice!
If you did this once… you’ll see just how filthy the water is at the end of their bath. The good news is, everything in your Swag is ready to eat – no need to wash it before cooking, saving water and time!
Happy Soaking Guys!