You’ve been washing fruit wrong your whole life – here’s how to get rid of pesticides before eating

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Dear Friends and devotees of Dea,

As we are in the last month of the sacred season of Autumn, whose Deanic great symbol is an apple. See the first Great Mystery on this page:

I was pleased to learn about baking soda. I use it instead of harsh chemicals around the hestia (blessed & sacred home) for cleaning.

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You’ve been washing fruit wrong your whole life – here’s how to get rid of pesticides before eating

How do you like them apples?


You may think that polishing an apple on your shirt or running it under the kitchen tap is enough to get rid of most dust and dirt.

But scientists claim that getting rid of pesticide residues could take a little more work.

Pesticides are commonly used in farming to increase crop yield, but concerns over their potential effects on human health have been raised over the years.

In the food industry, it is standard practise to wash fruit before serving, but some of the plant-protecting compounds that get absorbed by fruits and vegetables might not be easily removed with water alone.

Now scientists from the American Chemical Society have revealed that a common household product could make all the difference when it comes to removing residues on the surfaces of the fruit.

According to the researchers, baking soda is more effective than bleach at removing two of the most common pesticides – thiabendazole and phosmet.

When tested on organic Gala apples, a 1% baking soda/water solution removed 80% of the thiabendazole and 96% of the phosmet after 12 and 15 minutes respectively.

The different percentages are likely due to thiabendezole’s greater absorption into the apple, according to the scientists.

Mapping images showed that thiabendazole had penetrated up to 80 micrometers deep into the apples, while phosmet was detected at a depth of only 20 micrometers.

By comparison, washing the apples with either plain tap water or a commercial bleach solution for two minutes, as per the industry standard, was far less effective.

The only way to remove 100% if the pesticides is to peel the fruit, according to Dr Lili He from the department of food science at Massachusetts University, who led the study.

However, important nutrients such as polyphenolic compounds, fibres, pigments, vitamins and minerals will also be lost through peeling.

“In practical application, washing apples with baking soda solution can reduce pesticides mostly from the surface,” he said.

Sophie Curtis, Technology And Science Editor
18:46, 27 OCT 2017 Updated17:10, 28 OCT 2017

May Dea keep you safe under Her Mantle,

Madrina Sophia