Pesticide exposure has sky-rocketed over the past few years, and health concerns are on the rise as well, as more and more studies of pesticide data have revealed the devastating impact insecticide and chemicals in repellents have on unborn babies. As you gorge on all the nutritious (and maybe some not so nutritious) food
Ways to reduce the effect of pesticide
1. Always Wash The Produce Before Eating Them
Make sure to always wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them, even if you have just picked them up from your garden. It is of utmost importance to thoroughly rinse the produce and to make sure there is no dust, dirt or chemical residues found. Make sure to either rub the fruits and vegetables with your fingers or to use a special cleaning brush to remove all the residue and bacteria. Washing the produce is particularly important in eliminating health risks if you plan to consume the products in raw form, instead of cooking them.
2. Grow Your Own Fruits And Veggies In Your Garden
The only way to be sure that you are eating 100% natural products is by growing them yourself. This way, you will always know exactly what repellents and products you have used before, during and after you have cultivated the seeds, therefore you can easily determine the pesticide chemical load you and your family are exposing yourselves to.
With only several hundred square feet, some spare time, a minimal investment and a lot of determination, you can grow your own produce without having to worry about ingesting pesticides and chemical fertilizers once they ripe. Besides this, the great news is that there are many perennial crops (such as berries) that are very rewarding, while requiring minimal work.
3. Buy Only Unsprayed Or Organic Products
Beware of imported foods or processed foods that went through many procedures. Nowadays, every store and supermarket has a section dedicated exclusively to organic food products, and these fruits and veggies are usually market with a special inscriptions.
However, even if the products are marked as organic, you must still wash them thoroughly before consuming them, just to remove the bacteria that may have deposited on the fruits and vegetables during handling and transportation.
4. Dry The Produce Before Consumption
Washing your fruit and vegetables is not enough if you want to reduce the pesticide load you expose yourself at, as it is very important to thoroughly dry them with disposable paper towels as well. This will remove all the remaining pesticide residue and make the produce safer to eat.
5. Harvest Your Products From The Forest
Harvest your products from a nearby forest. The reason why getting berries, mushrooms ( provided you know how to distinguish the edible mushroom from the dangerous ones) and other products from forests is safer than buying them from commercial stores is because the soil, the water and the air in these areas is significantly less polluted – the deeper you dive into the nature, the lower the pesticide load.
6. Never Rinse Your Fruits And Vegetables With Soap
Never use detergents, special rinses or soaps of any kind, as this will only do more harm than good as it tends to contain harmful compounds that easily penetrate the skin of the fruits, thus doing more harm than the actual pesticides after you ingest them.
Simply wash the products either with tap water or distilled water and then dry them either with a piece of white cloth or with a disposable paper towel.
7. Use Only Organic Repellents For Your Garden
If you have decided to grow your own fruits and veggies, you will find it very difficult to keep the pests at bay without using a repellent. Fortunately, there are a wide array of safe, organic and soybean-based repellents on the market that are just as efficient as the classic ones, the sole difference being that the organic products do not use any DEET chemicals, insecticides or active substances that can have a negative effect on your health.
8. Peel The Outer Layers
Even after having washed the produce, it is highly recommended to either throw away the outer layers of dark leafy greens and other vegetables, or to gently peel it. It is not uncommon for the pesticide compounds to enter the peel of the products, and you cannot get rid of this pesticide load by simply washing and drying the produce.
9. Identify The Fruits And Vegetables With The Highest Pesticide Load
Although there is no way to exactly determine the pesticide load in fruits and vegetables without using state of the art equipment, you can still identify those that pose a higher danger of pesticides.
Some these products are strawberry, bell peppers, spinach, lettuce, cherry, peaches, apples and berries, celery, beans as they are the most likely to be attacked by pests, thus requiring additional attention. At the opposite end, onion, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, brussel sprouts, avocado, kiwi, mango, bananas, watermelon and corn tends to have a lower pesticide load, which means they are safer to consume.