When we wash our fruits and vegetables are we trying to wash off the pesticides?



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    Washing fruits and vegetables is to remove pesticide residues, however it is also beneficial for removing the possibility of bacteria, dirt and bugs. Be sure to rub the fruit or vegetable while washing it, this removes bacteria more effectively. Also, on organic fruit and veggies, there should not be pesticide residue, but there may be left over dirt or the occasional dead bug. 

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    Good question, IzabellaHarrison, the answer is yes, as you suspected, it is pesticides that we are washing off.  As well as pesticides, washing fruits and vegetables will help to get rid of any bacteria, dirt, or even insects (like inside raspberries for example) that might be there.  

    Hope this helps!

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    I eat organic and I wash my fruits and veggies because of all the people that could have possibly laid hands on it before it got to my kitchen. The workers that picked it, the handlers that boxed it up for transport, the produce clerk at the grocery store and not to mention anyone shopping that was hand picking through the produce.

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    Yes it’s to wash off the chemicals, bacteria, bugs, bug feces, and dirt. “In the fruit and vegetable product industry, chlorine is commonly used to remove microbes such as bacteria and mold from produce. In the home, a water wash, either with or without the help of a produce brush, is typically used to clean fruits and vegetables.” One important thing to remember is to wash even the “hard” fruits and vegetables like melons and squashes because if not, when you cut through, you can transfer the bad stuff to the meat in the center. 

    What are the best ways to keep raw fruits and vegetables safe?

    • Wash your hands before preparing food.
    • Because some produce washes are costly, we advise consumers to wash fresh fruits and vegetables with distilled water. Soak all produce for one to two minutes to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
    • Why use distilled water? Because distilled or bottled water has been filtered and purified to remove contaminants.
    • For produce with thick skin, use a vegetable brush to help wash away hard-to-remove microbes.
    • Some produce should not be soaked in water. Put fragile produce in a colander and spray it with distilled water.
    • Clean your counter top, cutting boards, and utensils after peeling produce and before further cutting. Bacteria from the outside of raw produce can be transferred to the inside when it is cut or peeled. Wash kitchen surfaces and utensils with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item.
    • Eating on the run? Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and use it to wash apples and other fruits.
    • Don’t forget that homegrown fruits and vegetables should also be well washed.
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    Yes.  However, you’re also cleaning much more than that off.  You might also be removing excess dirt or things that may have contaminated vegetables during shipping.  Overall, you can’t go wrong by cleaning your fruits and veggies before eating.

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