The latest research claims that merely washing off your apples in water will not get rid of the pesticides on their skin, and offers advice on how to best clean them instead.
So Which Is the Best Method to Wash Apples?
The team behind this new study states that the shortest answer is this. People should soak their apples in a solution of water and baking soda for about 12 to 15 minutes.
Scientists part of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are behind this research. They published a paper with their results in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This tested three different methods that are currently being used to wash apples. One is putting them under regular tap water like most people do, while another is the baking soda concoction. The third and last method is a bleach solution often used by farmers at the end of the harvesting period.
The study focused not only on the outside of the apples but also whether or not pesticides actually managed to leak in through their skin. The good news is that the baking soda solution can get rid of all the pesticides on the outside of the fruit. However, the bad news is that some of them still managed to get through and infect the inside of the apple. About 20 percent of the fungicides and around 4 percent of the insecticides managed to bypass the apples’ watertight skin.
Pesticides are chemicals that kill bugs and mold, both of which can be harmful to fruits. The exact effect of these chemicals on humans is not clear, but many studies, as well as the World Health Organization, warn that these could be harmful to the nervous system, especially for fetuses and young children.
Other of the proposed cleaning methods imply buying organic fruit, but aside from being more expensive, many of these use organic pesticides. In turn, these may be just as harmful as their artificial cousins. People can also peel off the skin of the apple, but again, this will only take care of the surface layer but not the chemicals that might have gotten inside.
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