Hey everyone. Do you ever wonder if you should be eating organic fruits and vegetables, but don’t want to pay extra for it? I do sometimes. I usually end up buying non-organic because it is cheaper. The only time I end up buying organic is when it’s on sale and cheaper or the same price as the non-organic fruits and vegetables. But that’s just me.
I have not found any study that shows harmful long term effects on the body from eating non-organic foods. I know there are a lot of people, especially the pro-organic community, that beg to differ. So it can be a controversial topic…organic or non-organic…Where ever you lie on the organic or non-organic scale, maybe this can be a cheaper alternative if you want to eat less pesticides on your fruit and veggies, but want to keep a little more money in the wallet.
According to an article “Bobbing for Apples” in the IDEA Fitness Journal, written by Matthew Kadey, MS, RD talked about a study that was done at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst of washing apples that were exposed to common pesticides. They were comparing three different ways of washing the apples. One was with a bleach solution, another was a water-baking soda mixture, and the third was rinsing them over plain water to see which would come out the cleanest. According to the study, the water-baking soda mixture is what made them the cleanest.
After the apples soaked in the baking soda water for 2 minutes, it removed more chemicals than the bleach solution or running tap water. But the baking soda water took up to 15 minutes to get rid of the chemicals completely.
This study was only done on apples. So it is unknown if it would have the same effect on other fruits or vegetables. But, if you would like to buy cheaper and eat pesticide-free apples and possibly other fruits and vegetables, this is how you do it:
Put 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 2 cups of water and soak your apples or other fruits and vegetables in it for 2 minutes or up to 15 minutes for completely pesticide-free apples (and possibly other fruits and veggies).
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