Have you ever wondered what the best way to get rid of the pesticides exposure on your fruits and vegetables is? After much research, the answer is, peel them.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst ran a test using three different cleaning methods, a bleach solution farmers dunk fruit in after harvest, tap water, and a baking soda mixture. After soaking fruit in fungicide for 24 hours, baking soda was found to be the most effective. The bleach solution showed to do very little, which is unfortunate because this is what most farmers dunk their produce in after harvest (thinking it does get rid of pesticides). Overall all though, the most effective way to eliminate as many pesticides as possible was shown to be peeling your fruits and vegetables. This allows you to remove the outside barrier of the fruit containing the most pesticides.
Peeling you fruits and vegetables does have a downside though. Most of the nutrients are contained in the peel. This is where you can find most of the fruit or vegetable’s fiber, which is important for helping your body absorb the natural sugars of the fruit or vegetable. Some fruits can also contain less potassium, vitamin C, antioxidants, and triterpenoids (kill cancer cells) when the peel is gone.
You can see pesticides in our food is becoming a problem. As we now know, peeling your fruits can help but it comes with a catch. Buying organic foods can help, but does not solve the problem. Organic fruits and vegetables have show to have smaller amounts of pesticides in them due to the overwhelming amount of glyphosate (ex: Roundup) saturated in our environment. Some organic fruits and vegetables are also sprayed with approved pesticides containing active ingredients that are not as harsh. Hopefully more natural options will continue to emerge, so we can get rid of options that are so harsh (glyphosate).