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March 7, 2024

Nutrition Tips and Tricks: Wash Your Fruit

Do you wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them? It's a simple step that can make a big difference in your health. Here's why it's important and how to do it right.

Produce can harbor various contaminants like chemicals, dirt, bacteria, and even insects. Washing removes these potential hazards, reducing your exposure to pesticides and other residues that may linger on the surface.

Contrary to popular belief, soap isn't the best option. Instead, use a mixture of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Baking soda helps to remove surface residues, while the acidity of apple cider vinegar aids in killing bacteria and dissolving waxy coatings.

Here's a quick and effective method to wash your produce:

  1. Fill a sink or a large bowl with cold water.
  2. Add about two tablespoons of baking soda and a splash of apple cider vinegar to the water.
  3. Gently place your fruits and vegetables into the solution and let them soak for a few minutes. This allows the mixture to penetrate and lift off any residues.
  4. After soaking, thoroughly rinse the produce under cold running water, making sure to remove all traces of the baking soda and vinegar.
  5. Repeat the rinsing process at least twice to ensure that any remaining residues are removed.

This simple process not only cleans your produce but also extends its shelf life. By removing dirt and bacteria, you reduce the risk of premature spoilage, allowing you to enjoy your fruits and vegetables for longer periods.

So, next time you grab that apple or cucumber, remember to give it a good wash—it's worth it for your health and peace of mind!

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