by Dr. David Minkoff January 28, 2019 2 min read
Wait! Before you eat those fruits and veggies, did you thoroughly wash them? Not just rinsing, but cleaning. Most people don't really know how important it is to thoroughly wash and clean all of your fresh produce. This goes especially for those who rely on organic products who may think the higher quality means a pass on a bath.
A comprehensive report from the USDA on fresh produce in the US reported that conventional foods on store shelves had on average of 3.2 different pesticides that could be identified as present on the outside of the skin. In high contrast, organic produce was found to have on average 0.8 different pesticides per product. The 400% difference is huge and solidifies beliefs that organic produce is cleaner and healthier, but far from perfect.
To reiterate, organic produce was not found to be clean from pesticides. Research as to why is inconclusive and are likely to be related to cross-contamination but the findings are clear. All produce should be thoroughly cleaned prior to consuming.
Lettuce go over a few tips:
by Dr. David Minkoff
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