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Whether you buy organic produce or not, it is still important to wash it before consumption. Why?
- To remove soil. I personally do not enjoy eating a gritty salad.
- To remove harmful bacteria. You have probably heard stories on the news about contaminated produce.
- To remove pesticides. Pesticides are designed to be toxic; therefore, it is best to avoid them when possible.
With what should you wash your produce? I’ll let that up to you, but I have heard that a vinegar and water mixture will remove pesticides on most fruits and vegetables. Read more about that here.
Let’s Back Up
If I buy organic produce that means it’s free of pesticides, right? Unfortunately, most states allow organic farmers to use chemicals on their crops. This is why it is important to wash all of your produce.
Why Buy Organic?
If we can’t avoid pesticides by eating organic produce, then what’s the point of spending extra money to buy organic? One reason to still buy organic produce is because it has a higher nutrient content than conventionally grown produce. It is possible, though, that organic produce is not your best option. There are some benefits of buying local produce over organic.
Read about the best way to avoid pesticides at Modern Alternative Kitchen: Produce: The Clean And The Dirty