When referring to purchasing food, the term “buying organic” means that the food is grown in safe and healthy soil, using natural fertilizers and are free of synthetic pesticides or additives.
Residues from pesticides and chemical fertilizers negatively impact the body because they are man-made and cannot be processed properly by the body. While there is much that is still unknown about the hazards of chemicals used in modern agriculture, common sense tells us that if a chemical is designed to kill living pests, it can’t be all that safe for living humans!
Whenever possible I go for organic fruits and vegetables over conventional, especially those on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. But sometimes you just can’t get the fruits and vegetables you need organic. Either they are too expensive, or not offered by your local store or they are offered but don’t look very fresh. When this is the case you have three options, 1. choose another fruit or vegetable that you can buy organic, 2. look in the frozen aisle for that organic fruit or vegetable, 3. use a fruit or vegetable wash to get the skins as clean as possible. The only option you shouldn’t choose is to skip buying fruits and vegetables and go for processed foods instead.
Here is a simple solution I learned from Dr. Sears during my coaching certification that will help remove harmful pesticides from the surface of the food.
Fruit and Veggie Wash
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons vinegar
- 1 cup of water
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and spray your wash on all of your fruits and vegetables. Then, rinse it off. They are now ready to eat or use in cooking.