Mélina Lamarche

By Mélina Lamarche

July 15, 2015

Health

Wash and Go!

Article revised on 17 July 2017

Proper washing is recommended to eliminate pesticide residue, particularly in fruits and veggies that have an edible peel.

No special wash solution is required to clean your fruits and veggies. A good rinse (no soaking) under running water will suffice. If possible, scrub your fruits and veggies with a brush, and dry them before eating them.

Do we need to worry about pesticides?

Health Canada imposes strict standards regarding the use of pesticides. The amounts permitted are well below those that would be dangerous to our health. However, small amounts of pesticide residue may remain on the surface of fruits and vegetables. That’s why it’s important to wash these foods before we eat them.

Otherwise, opt for certified organic foods, which are grown without the use of pesticides. One thing for certain: Whether they’re organic or not, the more fruits and veggies you eat, the better off you will be.

Sources: extenso.org and ewg.org

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