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How to Remove Pesticide Residues from Fruits and Vegetables?

There is a concern about unwanted pesticides on fruits and vegetables. There are several methods for removing pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. Let’s discuss the most effective solutions:

Turmeric Water

Turmeric water is an ultimate and safe solution for removing pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. It also helps to reduce the tendency of food-borne diseases by stopping microbes growth.

How to Use Turmeric Water

  1. Take a big container and Prepare turmeric water as described in the article: How to Make Turmeric Water.
  2. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water.
  3. Soak washed fruits and vegetables in Turmeric Water for around 15 minutes.
  4. Wash fruits and vegetables again 2-3 times under running water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is also useful for removing pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. It is a little expensive method because you need to use 3 parts of water and 1 part of apple cider vinegar to remove pesticide residues.

Water3 Parts
Apple Cider Vinegar1 Part

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Take a big container and Prepare Apple Cider Vinegar solution adding 3 parts of water and 1 part of Apple Cider Vinegar.
  2. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water.
  3. Soak washed fruits and vegetables in  Apple Cider Vinegar solution for around 15 minutes.
  4. Wash fruits and vegetables again 2-3 times under running water.
Reference
  1. Bajwa U, Sandhu KS. Effect of handling & processing on pesticide residues in food. J Food Sci Technol. 2014;51(2):201-220. doi:10.1007/s13197-011-0499-5
  2. Gupta A (2006) Pesticide residue in food commodities. Agrobios (India).
  3. How to Make Turmeric Water.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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