Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Sure, a little water and a quick rub on the ‘ole shirt used to make an apple a wholesome snack. But, nowadays, it might just make you sick. Did you know your apple might have been touched by more than 20 hands and has probably been sprayed with some sort of water-resistant pesticide or wax? Think about it. Why would any farmer spray something that would wash away with rain? Bingo.
You Are What You Eat
Last year, more than 78,000,000 cases of foodborne illness and 5,000 related deaths were reported in the United States alone. Now consider this -- 80-percent of foodborne illness is attributed to poor food handling practices. Yikes!
In a sample test by the Environmental Working Group, up to 53 pesticides were found on peaches. Environmental toxins have been linked to autism, cancer and Parkinson’s disease, and children are most affected due to their lowered immunities. Recent consumer reports have even shown proof of fecal residue on bagged salad. Aside from pesticides and residue, farmers often spray fruit and veggies with a wax to make it look shiny and pretty. But ultimately, that wax can house microbes, not to mention the unpleasant texture and taste.
So is the solution to buy organic? It’s definitely better for you, but experts are now finding that buying organic is no guarantee it’s 100-percent pesticide or germ-free.
3 Natural Ways to Prepare and Clean Your Produce
1. That’s Just Rotten. Cut off damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables. If it looks rotten, it probably is – throw it away!
2. Eat Cleaner. Simply put, water isn’t enough even if you buy organic or peel the crap out of it. Eat Cleaner is a new all-natural line of food wash and wipes that cleans produce, poultry and seafood by stripping away waxes, pesticides, contaminants, bacteria and debris. The product comes in a spray or as disposable food wipes, which are perfect for road trips, camping or for kids who need a wipe at lunchtime. Bonus: it actually makes food taste better. No way! Yes way. Double bonus: it prevents browning and increases produce shelf life by 200-percent.
3. Ice-berg for a Reason. Certain perishable fruits and vegetables like strawberries, lettuce, herbs and mushrooms are best stored in a clean fridge at 40 degrees F or below. If you’re buying pre-cut and peeled produce, make sure they are in the fridge. Don’t forget, just because it says "pre-washed" doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat. Try a product like Eat Cleaner to give it a good scrub.
This is a guest post from Julie C. May.