Cleaning Fruits And Vegetables (According To The FDA)

I was wondering how the FDA recommends we clean our fruits and vegetables. But first, I would recommend buying only the cleanest fruits and vegetables if you don’t buy them organic. When you buy organic you eliminate the chance of harmful pesticides, fertilizers and GMO. For list of clean and not so clean fruits and vegetables, click here.

‘In recent years, the United States has had several large outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables—including spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and lettuce [1]’.

As far as all those produce solutions to wash your produce goes, save your money. Personally, I sprinkle about a teaspoon each of salt, baking soda and about an ounce of vinegar in a large bowl in the sink, then add water to the top. And, if I can scrub them without damaging them, I do. If not scrubbed, (like lettuce) I agitate them in the solution with my hands and fingers. I let them set a while, then rinse in a colander.

Apparently, just rinsing them off in cold water does a lot removing dirt and bacteria. The FDA doesn’t recommend using a ‘detergent or soap’. You don’t want soapy tasting produce! Anyway, I don’t think they work any better than using what I use.

You must keep in mind that no washing method will remove all of the pesticide from any produce. Even organic produce has dirt and bacteria, so be sure to wash these, too. Running cold water over fruits and vegetables will ‘reduce’ germs, pesticides and dirt from the surface. And, finally, after handling your produce don’t forget to wash contaminants off your hands!

Source- 1 URL
Website Title U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Article Title 7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables
Date Accessed June 11, 2019

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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