Eating your fruits and vegetables is a great idea all the time … just be careful.
At least that’s what a recent report by BuzzFeed.com is warning.
According to the report, apples, celery and bell peppers are the most pesticide-contaminated produce. Though most market samples passed the EPA’s safety guidelines, these three popular kinds of produce are most likely to exceed acceptable levels of pesticide. Still, the FDA would like to remind you that the benefits of eating these types of produce outweigh their risks.
So before you try to make recipes like this Apple and Cheddar Quiche from Closet Cooking, this Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice, or these simple Apple Marshmallow Treats from The Mucky MacBook, rinse your apples thoroughly.
Just be aware of it.
In case you are questioning your cleansing techniques, here is a guide from the Food & Drug Administration outlining how to properly wash your produce:
- The produce is not the only thing you need to wash. Wash your hands thoroughly, using warm water and soap, for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
- Wash the produce under a stream of cool water or using the spray nozzle of your faucet.
- Rub the produce with your hands, or scrub with a vegetable brush, to remove potential bacteria in all the grooves and crevices.
- No soap or special solutions are necessary; plain, cool water is the best agent.
- One potential source of contamination is your own kitchen. Knives, cutting boards, counters, plates, and sponges should be cleaned with soap and water to prevent contamination. If you prefer sponges, wash them often, in either the dishwasher or washing machine.
Stay safe, everyone. And happy eating!