Sienna is a Certified Holistic Wellness & Nutrition Coach specializing in Autoimmune Health.
The Importance of Washing Your Produce
This is something most of us (I am especially guilty) of giving an apple or carrot a quick rinse under the faucet, then eating/preparing/etc and not giving a second thought to it. In reality, the surface of fruits and vegetables can actually contain some harmful bacteria, germs, and possible pesticides/fungicides (even if they're organic!!)
Unless you are the one actually growing and harvesting your fruits and veggies in your own backyard, you're not the only one who's ever handled this produce.. You don't really know what chemicals were used, or who's hands (or how many hands) it's been in..
Think about it for a minute, from farm to shipping, to grocery stores, where anyone can pickup and test for ripeness or check for imperfections. Unless you are the one actually growing, and harvesting your fruits and veggies in your own backyard, you're not the only one who's ever handled this produce. You don't really know what chemicals were used, or who's hands (or how many hands) it's been in. A wise man once said, "better to be safe than sorry." I don't know who that wise man was, but he was wise nonetheless.
Especially with the rise and fall of E. coli breakouts, and virus's doesn't it just make sense to take extra precautions?
A quick and easy solution to naturally clean your produce, is to place in a bowl of water, and adding some apple cider vinegar (1 gal +4tbsp acv) and soaking for 10 minutes or so, then rinsing with cool clean water.. gently scrubbing to help remove any leftover dirt or debris.
If you're wondering if you need to rinse avocados, oranges, or anything else with a peel or skin you won't be eating, the answer is still yes.. even though you won't be eating the outter layer, cross-contamination is really a thing. Especially with the rise and fall of E. coli breakouts and virus's doesn't it just make sense to take extra precautions?
Apple cider vinegar is an all natural disinfectant, and will safely and effectively clean your produce much better than water alone.
You might not even actually notice a difference, but your body will thank you.. and maybe you will thank yourself later. After all, your body is your biggest investment.
I wish you much inspirational growth, health, and happiness.