Pesticides or Parasites… How to clean your fruit and veg
Because I drink so many green smoothies, many folk ask me how I clean my fruits and veggies.
Organic: The biggest issue with organic produce is pests like worms and parasites, and even worse, their microscopic eggs, which can put you at risk of intestinal roundworms. To simply rinse with water is not enough – this will not kill the unwanted microbes.
Non-organic: The problem with non-organic produce is the pesticides. Long-term exposure/consumption of pesticides has been linked to neurological problems – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, anxiety, ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder); asthma and cancer, including leukaemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
So how to wash them: This is what I do – It may not be bullet-proof, but it for what it’s worth…
Use a large, clean GLASS bowl. Clean the glass bowel with bleach, then rinse well with water.
Fill the glass bowel with water, then add the following:
- Add 3-4 dessertspoons of salt
- Add a large dessertspoon baking soda.
- One cup of white vinegar. (You can use a cup of fresh lemon juice instead if you prefer).
- 10-20 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)(We stock this!)
- Activated Charcoal – I don’t use this (yet)
Swish around in the solution and let it sit for ~5 minutes and rinse.
The GSE is fantastic for killing fungus, worms, parasites and bacteria and is not harmful to you. (We stock this! Email/whatsapp us to ask about it)
Activated Charcoal is an absorbing agent, rather like a sponge, absorbing toxins.
The baking soda and white vinegar help remove pesticides, whilst good old table salt is great for rinsing away dirt, bacteria and germs. The best salts for putting on your food are the most unrefined salts like Himalayan and Kalahari salt – which are high in organic minerals. But for cleaning purposes you can use any type of salt.