Simple way to remove pesticides from fruits and vegetablesPesticides presence in the fruits and vegetables we eat is not news anymore. Pesticides are generally used during cultivation and in the process may remain as residues in the produce. Nevertheless, there is a maximum residue limits (MLRs). If the residue exceeds the permitted limit, consumption of such foods can lead to serious health ill effects in the long run. What is alarming is that recent random testing on fruits and vegetables conducted by many advocacy groups and NGOs found unacceptably high amounts of pesticide residue in them. As we don't have any testing facility at home, it will be worthwhile to share with ISCians some simple ways to remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables at our homes.
The first is to wash the fruits and vegetables with cold water with little amount of salt added to it. Treating the fruits and veggies in warm water can also remove pesticide residue. Another way is to soak these foods in a water-vinegar solution of 90:10 proportion. Peeling is also another efficient way to remove such residue. So follow these methods and eat safe to stay healthy!