Are You Cleaning Your Fruits & Vegetables The Right Way?

by Shruti Shukla

You may already know that you should be washing the fruits and vegetables you purchase from your grocery store or farmer's market to get rid of dirt, germs, and pesticides. But what you may not realize is that many of today's pesticides are formulated to withstand climatic change, making it a lot tougher to wash traces of them away with just a rinse of water. It takes a little more to get your fruit and veggies properly clean.

Not washing your fruits and vegetables properly means that the germs on the surface can get to the flesh of the fruit or vegetable when you cut or bite into it. Then, it's inevitable. You'll consume the germs and other impurities, which could cause digestion problems. And FYI, this isn't restricted to the peels of fruit and vegetables that are usually consumed. This rule applies to even the ones with inedible rinds! Of course, you can avoid the problem if you cleanse the food thoroughly, and yes, there is a right way to do it.

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Here's How To Wash Some Basic Fruits And Vegetables:

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables

Vegetables like  cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and similar hardy leafy greens are full of fissures, which house germs. Simply running them under col water isn't going to get out all the germs. You need to first soak them in bowl of cold water for 3-5 minutes and then rinse them thoroughly under running water.



All things considered, when it comes to properly cleansing apples, it's rather straightforward. Besides, you're not about to scrub them. You'll only bruise the fruit. You simply have to rinse them well under cold, running water. That's pretty much it. But remember, you must trim their stems since most of the germs reside there.



Avocados, despite their buttery, creamy center, have a rather tough rind. It's fruit and vegetables like these that a great for scrubbing. Now, we recommend you keep a separate food scrubber,preferably nylon, for situations just like these. The fact remains that plenty of bacteria residing on the skin can be carried by the knife to the flesh when you cut into it. You want to make sure you scrub the rind gently with a brush and rinse it with water before cutting.

Hot Peppers

Hot peppers

Okay, peppers are tricky considering they do have a delicate exterior. Also, you might want to get gloves on for this one because you will be required to use your fingers. Put them under running water for 2-3 minutes, rubbing each piece gently with your hands (aren't you glad you got those gloves?). Their strong oils can get on your skin while handling them and cause skin irritation. You don't want to know what fresh hell you'll be in if you accidentally happen to touch your eyes. Tread with caution!

Yes, it may seem silly that we need to spell things out for you, but a lot of times, we may not realize we're even making these mistakes. Besides, we're only here to help. After all, prevention is better than cure!

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