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How To Clean Your Fruit & Veg

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Most of us know that most of our foods are mass produced mainly for convenience, profit and other agendas. Which all can lead to unintegral ways of production, such as sacrificing quality and health, for yeild, efficiency and dollar signs. Most of our foods are chemically treated, and sprayed to last longer,  so they can make it to our tables in an attractive way. Not only that, but have you ever imagined how many people could’ve touched that pear or head of lettuce before you choose it at the market? Sometimes washing it with water isn’t enough.

Consider these facts:

– Bacteria and fungus occur naturally on most crops. Even if there is no visible soil clinging to your non-organic or organic produce, bacteria can be present.

– Imagine how many hands touch the food before it gets to your mouth, plus bacteria from soil and dirt can accumulate during the shipping process: these can cause a buildup on the surface of any produce.

– Agriculture pesticides are not removable with water alone.

Even if you plan to peel or scrape the produce, it is best – and recommended – to clean it first. Let’s say you have a beautiful ripe melon and you slice through it without washing the outside, the knife can carry potentially harmful pathogens from the rind through the center, and that melon can turn into a perfect breeding ground for greater bacteria growth.

Some of us might wash produce with dish detergent. Although this removes much of the pesticide, that which is left – plus any soap residue – could still be detrimental to your system and, in fact, has been known to cause gastrointestinal upset. Be cautious when using anything on any food product that is not meant to be consumed.

I myself have been looking and testing some of these solutions so here are a few recipes. This should not only make your food taste better, but make it  healthier as well.

Produce Wash 1
– 20 drops grapefruit seed extract, available at health food stores
– 1 Tablespoon baking soda
– 1 cup white vinegar
– 1 cup water
– New spray bottle

Produce Wash 2
– 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
– 1 cup water
– New spray bottle

Spray produce. Let sit 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly to wash away residue.

NOTE: The baking soda and vinegar will foam when mixed together. Make sure you use a deep pitcher and pour slowly.

Try em out, and leave some feedback.

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Love Mike






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