Simple trick to remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables

Whether you are buying fruit and vegetables from the market, or buying them from the supermarket, you should always clean them to get rid of all the pesticides they are soaked in. Nowadays even domestic farmers use to sprinkle the production with various substances that remove the pests and vitaminize the plants.

According to the studies, there is a banal ingredient that everyone has in the kitchen and can thoroughly clean the fruits and vegetables you plan to consume. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the use of baking soda is the best way to get rid of undesirable substances from fruits and vegetables.

During the experiment, the scientists have applied three different methods of washing an apple: using bleach, baking soda, and plain tap water. Then the researchers tracked pesticide levels throughout the process.

Here’s what they found: apples that were left soaked in a solution made of 1% baking soda and plenty of water for 8 minutes had significantly fewer pesticides on their surface compared to apples that have been left in the other two substances, in a bleach solution or tap water. After 12 to 15 minutes of soaking, almost all pesticide residues have disappeared from apples.

It seems that baking soda works great when it comes to the decomposition of two types of pesticides: tiabendazole and phosmet.

But this is not particularly an approach that fits in all cases, because baking soda may not have the same effect on other chemicals.

In addition, baking soda can’t reach the pesticides that have penetrated the fruit peel, even if the product has been washed. So it’s still important to buy fruit and vegetables from as safe sources as possible in order to avoid the excess of harmful substances they contain. Another advantage is that baking soda is very cheap!