Why is soaking your produce important? One example is foreign grown grapes. I couldn’t find the video, but I found another source backing up what I am saying. I especially soak the grapes I buy from my store even though they are organic. But, I can’t always get them because they aren’t always available there.
‘I soak my celery and grapes in a solution of vinegar and baking soda for about 20 minutes (I used to add salt, but don’t now because I feel it’s redundant.) But, from what I understand, the first two ingredients will help remove at least some if not a more substantial portion of pesticide residue off produce with perhaps some brushing and rinsing ’
I don’t want you to just believe me, that’s why I looked up what I think to be a ‘credible’ source of information for washing fruits and vegetables. Baking soda also has ‘anti-bacterial’ properties .
You might be interested in knowing what the ‘clean and dirty’ fruits and vegetables are so you can save money by having the option not buying organic. Here’s your EWG_FN-2020_Guide.
They say you should lightly scrub your fruits and vegetables, but I don’t. It’s up to you. I feel soaking in my solution is enough. I can tell because the water in the large bowl is quite dirty when I pour it out and rinse off my produce.
‘Certain fruits and vegetables are notorious for being sprayed with pesticides’
They say that thoroughly washing all your fruits and vegetables can reduce or prevent risk of illness caused by food contamination. This does make sense, as I have heard people who have gotten sick because of salmonella from fertilizer used in cultivation.
One exception to the rule is purchasing pre-washed lettuce, of which I personally don’t wash twice. I feel that what they’ve done is adequate.
Source- 1 “How to Wash Grapes.” WikiHow, GuideCentral, www.wikihow.com/Wash-Grapes.
2 D;, Drake. “Antibacterial Activity of Baking Soda.” Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. (Jamesburg, N.J. : 1995). Supplement, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12017929/.
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.