Scientists from the University of Massachusetts have shown that baking soda or sodium bicarbonate comes is nearly as effective as peeling with respect to its ability to reduce the pesticide load from conventional.
While conventional produce is sprayed with pesticides to protect it from the microbes, most fresh produce is also processed using sanitizers in the postharvest washing process to remove visible soil or organic matter residues as well as to reduce the microbial contamination found on the surface.
This recent study shows, that after immersing the product in bicarbonate water for 12 min, then washing in clean water and drying, the amount of pesticides on the test apples was reduced below the detection limit.
It's important to note however that the washing did NOT get rid of all pesticides - the argument for buying - or growing your own - organic produce is still strong!
So why is this of interest; why should one not rather just peel the produce? First of all, peeling is not suitable with all produce (think of cauliflower for instance).
Secondly, the majority of the plants' natural antioxidants reside in the skin of the fruit or vegetables, as this is how the plant protects itself against the sun, the wind, the microbes etc. Take an apple for instance; the good stuff (antioxidants) reside in the skin; the inner fruit flesh is pretty much sugar and vitamin C, plus few other nutrients.
Bicarbonate of soda is cheap and it has MANY uses beyond washing your vegetables and raising your cakes.. :) And when organic is not available or it is too expensive, it's good to have a trick up your sleeve, which protects you and your family's health!
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