Don’t Have Access to Organic Produce?
If you don’t have access to fresh organic fruits and vegetables you might be wondering what your options are because non-organic produce can contain a large amount of pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosate which can severely damage your intestinal tract. Thankfully, there are certain types of non-organic produce that don’t contain a large amounts of pesticides which are relatively safe to consume. In the US these are listed as the “Clean 15”. This list is changing every year so make sure you get an up to date list whenever you’re shopping.
The Clean 15
- Sweet Corn (watch for GMO)
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
- Honeydew Melon
Buy Local Produce
Whenever you buy produce it’s best to always buy from local farmers which you can usually find at your local farmers market. Most grocery stores including stores that carry organic produce have the majority of their produced shipped in from other states and other countries. The problem with consuming this imported produce is that it’s not fresh and it doesn’t contain all the beneficial bacteria consistent with your region of the planet. In addition to this, buying from local farmers will help support your community and stimulate the local economy.
The Dirty Dozen
You’ll also need to watch out for the “Dirty Dozen” which are foods that you should absolutely buy organic because the non-organic options are extremely toxic. These include:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Also Green beans and kale are moving up on the most sprayed list
Can I Wash off the Pesticides?
The short answer to this question is no, however, if you’re really in a tough situation where your choices for food are limited or you’re unsure about the food that’s available, then you might want to consider washing all your produce with the following method.
The best option is to wash your fresh produce in distilled white vinegar and water solution of 10% vinegar to 90% water. Make the mixture, and let the produce sit in for 15 to 20 minutes. When you remove them, you’ll notice that the water left in the bowl is dirty and may contain some gunk. Rinse fruits and vegetables in fresh water, and enjoy your produce.. This method shouldn’t be used on fragile fruits, such as berries, as they have a very porous skin and might get damaged and soak in too much of the vinegar. With other fruits, there should be no lingering vinegar aroma. If you wish, you can also use lemon juice. It also helps to wash your fruits and vegetables with 2% of salt water. This should remove most of the contact pesticide residues that normally appear on the surface.
This method of washing your produce won’t wash off all toxic chemicals like Glyphosate, but it’s better than doing nothing at all. This should only be done in emergency situations where you don’t have access to organic produce or the non-organic produce from the “Clean 15” list.