Most of us buy our fruits and vegetables, bring them home and put them in the fridge. When we are ready to eat them, we give our produce a good rinsing to get rid of any dirt or pesticides that were used at the farm. And we think this is enough; we think a good rinse should be enough to get rid of any germs or chemicals that we don’t want in our bodies; however, some of your favorite produce is actually much filthier than you think.
Here are the five dirtiest fruits and vegetables and what to do to make them cleaner and safer to eat.
The most common fruit consumed in the United States is also the filthiest. Apples are like small children: they need a lot of attention and protection to keep them safe. Apples are covered in chemicals to protect them from insects, diseases and mold; in fact, over 45 different chemicals are sprayed on apples during farming. Sure, washing them will eliminate some, but it is impossible to get rid of all of the chemicals found on apples. The best solution for this is to buy naturally grown apples; but you will have to shell out more cash.
Experts call celery the dirtiest vegetable available. According to recent studies, celery is sprayed with over 65 different chemicals during its cultivation, including 13 pesticides. What makes celery even more dangerous is that because the vegetable does not have an outer skin worthy of offering protection coupled with the shape of the stalk makes it very difficult to clean. Once again, your best solution to counter these chemicals is to buy organically grown celery, which may prove impossible depending on where you live.
My personal favorite fruit is chalk full of chemicals and pesticides. Because cherries, like peaches and blueberries, have a thin outer skin, they are not well protected against these chemicals. The best solution with cherries is to buy imported cherries from Europe since the chemicals used during their cultivation are less than their American cousins.
Bell peppers also have a very thin skin, making them specifically susceptible to pesticides. In fact, according to recent reports, bell peppers have been shown to contain over 60 different types of pesticides, which no matter how hard you try to get rid of them, some are destined to stick. Once again, go organic to rid your body of harmful chemicals.
Yet another thin-skinned fruit, grapes are particularly harmful if you purchase imported grapes. The same is also true if you are a fan of imported wine, as the vineyard may use up to twice the amount of pesticides as a regular grape farm. If you want grapes and you can’t live without them, go organic once again. For wine, California is as good a place to grow grapes as any European country, so enjoy some local wine instead.