Thursday, January 24, 2013

Getting rid of Pesticides...

Lina<3, you have been been eating organic foods since you started eating solids. Everything was homemade from organic produce. At times, Mommy does buys non organic foods, I always make sure that all produce are washed thorough in running water. 
Then, Mommy started to use this cleaning spray recipe from The Dr. Oz show.

"Eating organic fruits and vegetables is the safest way to ensure that your food is pesticide-free. Although great for your body, going solely organic can be tough on your wallet. Try this spray solution for a cost-effective way to remove pesticides from your produce.

The vinegar in this spray has natural anti-bacterial properties, while the lemon juice is a natural astringent. The solution works to both breakdown and clean off pesticides."

1 cup water
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 tbsp baking soda
1/2 of a lemon

Combine all ingredients in a large container. Transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce and let sit for 5 minutes. Scrub and rinse.

Also, Mommy realizes that non organic foods have so much pesticides in it and we (not just the babies, but everyone) should all be extra careful and try to eat healthier to live longer

Here's a list of food that have the most pesticides in it: 
"According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit group that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., these are the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels, in order from most to least:
  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/Collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)
© 2009 Environmental Working Group. Adapted with permission.
If you don't want to buy organic food, there are other steps you can take to lower the amount of pesticides on your food:
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables under running water before eating them. Use a scrub brush when it will not bruise the food. Otherwise rub the food by hand to clean it.
  • Peel apples, pears, and peaches, especially before you give them to children.
Remember that eating nonorganic fruits and vegetables, even those with higher pesticide levels, is better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all."


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