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Pesticides - How to Wash Fruit & Veg

Washing Fruit and Vegetables Reduces Exposure to Harmful Pesticides

Person holding the nozzle on a watering can, preparing to wash fruit

One thing that we can all be responsible for is our own health and doing the best we can with what we have. We cannot keep all the chemicals out of our bodies because we breathe them in every day. But we can limit what we take in if we follow a few simple rules about washing fruit and vegetables. Whether you buy conventional or organic produce, it is really important to wash your store-bought produce before eating or cooking with them.

Why are pesticides used?

Pesticides are used in conventional farming to control pests and other disease carriers, such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats, and mice. They are also used to control weeds, insect infestations, and diseases. Sadly, there is a lot of evidence to link exposure to pesticides to a high rate of risk of chronic diseases, including:

  • Cancer and diabetes

  • Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

  • Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and many more

Although fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods for you, conventional agriculture often uses chemical pesticides that may linger on the produce. In the following article get proven tips on how to wash vegetables and fruits, so you can protect your health and your family.

A fresh produce stall at the market - wash fruit and veg thoroughly to remove pesticides

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