Simple Ways to Remove Pesticides from Vegetables
Every day we eat vegetables for additional fiber and other nutrients. So, how to remove pesticides from vegetables in simple ways?
Cucumber, mango, strawberry … just soaked with water, while potatoes and peppers soaked in diluted lemon juice will remove pesticide better.
Although there are clear rules about the dosage used pesticide, plant growth drugs and guiding harvest time to minimize these substances exist in vegetables and fruits but managing is extremely difficult. Thus, clean vegetable safety issues has always been the concern of housewives. “How to create a safe and nutritious meal, for families and children?”.
American Academy of Pediatrics has made research shows that, with the same contents of chemicals (pesticides, growth) or bacteria in vegetables and fruits will affect the health of children seriously than Adults. From 01 July 2012, foods for infants and young children in the UK have been certified as pesticide contents under 0.01 mg/kg.
Besides, the authorities of the British food and Clinical Nutrition Association gave instructions to wash vegetables and fruits safely before processing them for infant. Make good tutorial can almost completely eliminate bacteria, pesticide or growth drugs on the surface of vegetables.
How to remove pesticides from vegetables
Step 1: Remove the vegetables are not intact, and dirt on vegetables.
Step 2: Soak them in water separately with soaking time is difference between the types of vegetables.
Step 3: Rinse under running water with time on each type: fruits rinse under running water for 30-60 seconds; washing vegetables under running water for 2-3 minutes; Wash the tubers under running water for 2 minutes; particularly tomatoes, apples are washed under running water for 4 minutes.
Step 4: Peel off the shell, if any (in the UK, this step is not required).
Soaking time of some vegetables and fruits commonly used:
In the recent report of Professor Bajwa (2014) and Professor Satpathy (2012) showed that some vegetables can be removed pesticide when soaked in water, but some kind of special others require soaking in water mixed with salt or add 1/2 squeezed lemon would effectively remove pesticides several times higher. Professor Bajwa also said the time soaking in water also varies between types of vegetables to ensure nutrients are best preserved. As follows:
Vegetables, fruit soaked in normal water
Peas and cucumber: soaked for 10 minutes.
Pumpkin (uncut): Soaked for 15 minutes.
Peeled and precut pumpkin: soaked for 5 minutes.
Broccoli, carrots and bell peppers: 15 minutes.
Tomatoes: 20 minutes.
Leafy vegetables (lettuce): 15 minutes.
Sweet potatoes: 10 minutes.
Mango, dragon fruit, avocado and papaya: 10 minutes.
The types of berry (strawberry, mulberry, cherry …): soaked for 3-5 minutes.
Grapes: 5 minutes.
Vegetables, fruit soaked in water with a tablespoon of salt
White and purple Cabbage: soaked for 10 minutes.
Peppers, bitter melon, luffa: 10 minutes.
Tomatoes: 10 minutes (if soaked in normal water is for 20 minutes).
Eggplant and broccoli (stems long form): 10 minutes
Vegetables, fruit soaked in water with squeezed 1/2 lemon
Potatoes and chillies soaked in acidic solution for 10 minutes to remove pesticides effectively.Tags: Fresh vegetables, remove pesticides from vegetables, safe vegetables, wash vegetables cleanly