In response to recent concerns about food safety, manufacturers have offered produce washes like Fit and Veggie Wash with the promise that they will keep you and your family safer. But do the facts match the claims?
Science says no. Researchers in two separate studies found that rinsing or soaking with distilled water was just as effective at removing bacteria and mold as any of the produce washes that were tested.1-2 (That includes more expensive ozone washing systems.)
Research proves that eating organic produce significantly lowers your pesticide exposure.3 In one study, school children who were provided with organic produce for just 5 days showed significantly lower levels of harmful pesticides in their system.4 That’s crucial, since pesticide exposure has now been solidly linked to increased risk of ADHD, among other worrying issues.5
Fresh fruits and veggies are an essential part of your diet – they provide important vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and antioxidants. And it makes sense that consumers are looking for reliable cleaning options as we learn more about the harmful effects of pesticides and microbes that live on our food.
However, you can safely eliminate the majority of bacteria, mold, and pesticides without springing for expensive produce washes. Just remember:
- Buy organic whenever possible.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables with distilled water.
- Once produce is cut or peeled, immediately store it in the refrigerator.
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