Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wash that Produce if you can't buy organic!

One of the things I found with trying to "eat organic", especially with fruits and veggies, is that it's often just not feasible to purchase these items from the grocery! You can get some items decently priced, especially if you get locally grown items but for the most part you can get a whole lot of a "non-organic" produce product for the same price as one organic piece. It's sad, but true.

When I realized that some products are worth buying organic, simply because of the amounts of pesticides used and found on them I also realized that this meant it was going to have to be "okay" to purchase some fruits and veggies non-organic.

I found the recipe for a homemade soak for your fruits and veggies that is so simple and helps you get rid of the chemicals! You simply mix equal parts water and white vinegar, or you can use a veggie wash like Environne, which removes chemicals from the surface.(But I say why pay the extra money when you can use water and vinegar?)

Because pesticides are created to be water-resistant (they have to stay on even when it rains), just water is often not enough to get the chemicals off.

Most of all, keep in mind the list of the Dirty Dozen in mind when buying your produce! These 12 types of produce have been found to have the highest pesticides on them:

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes
  10. Imported spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

Oddly enough, sweet potatoes are one of the lowest! Makes no sense to me, but I guess there's a reason. So if you can buy the above produce organically it's best. But if not, use the wash I've posted to help get rid of the chemicals that kill!

Wish me luck! And please feel free to comment and share ideas for trying to live and eat "clean"!

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