Did you know that apples are the most pesticide-covered fruit out of everything you can normally find at a grocery store? Unfortunately, not many people are aware of that. The full list of these products can be found here. Be careful, it’s really mind-opening!
To avoid ingesting harmful substances with our fruit and vegetables, we should always look out for products marked as ‘organic’. Organic produce was grown and harvested without the use of any pesticides, wax, and other substances that are potentially detrimental to our health. Buying organic is sometimes a little bit more expensive but for the sake of our bodies, we should choose quality over quantity. Fruit and veggies are supposed to be healthy so let’s make sure they really are so.
Personally, I always go shopping with my list of the worst produce when it comes to pesticide use. I check which fruit and vegetables are the most dangerous and then work within my budget to purchase organic versions of these produce.
But organic produce is not always available. Or it is but you simply don’t have the money to afford it. So is there anything you can do to make the non-organic versions healthy again? Yes! That (among many other things) is what apple cider vinegar is for. It’s not as good as buying fully organic but serves as a good substitute if you are forced to choose non-organic produce. I wash my non-organic items with apple cider vinegar fairly often and I think it really makes a difference! And don’t worry, your fruit won’t smell or taste like vinegar afterward.
Having a bottle of vinegar at home really comes in handy. Other than washing produce, you can use as a salad dressing, natural cosmetics, or to make your own cleaning detergents. Preferably, you should use raw vinegar as it’s the healthiest and the most natural kind
- a large mixing bowl
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
- Place the produce you want to cleanse at the bottom of your bowl and fill it with water until the produce is fully covered.
- Add apple cider vinegar to the water. Leave the produce immersed in the mix for about 15 minutes. Turn the produce every few minutes to make sure that you get all the sides clean. You can cover the mixing bowl with a plate to further increase the cleansing effect.
- After 15 minutes, drain your produce and rinse thoroughly with clean water. Congrats, now you can enjoy the healthiest non-organic produce possible!