By Richela Fabian Morgan, DivineCaroline
Washing your produce may seem like plain old common sense. After all, who wants to eat dirty melons or gritty spinach? But while enjoying the purest taste of our produce is important, the real reason we should be motivated to wash it is to maintain good health and avoid getting a food-borne illness.
Between the pathogens and residual pesticides left on fruit and vegetable surfaces, the threat of these illnesses lurks on the skin of every peach and in the crevice of every lettuce head that you see in the supermarket. During the warmer months, when people’s consumption of raw produce is much higher, we have to be especially careful of how we prepare our foods.
The number-one way to avoid getting sick is to make sure that your produce is clean. Even if you grow your own or buy organic, a thorough rinse is always a good idea.
The Power of Good Old-Fashioned Water
Recognizing the paranoia of the masses after many food-borne illnesses were reported in the media, pharmaceutical and cleaning companies began introducing an array of produce washes. Walk through the fruits-and-vegetables section in your local supermarket, and you’ll find products like Biokleen or Fit. But buying a produce wash may not be the answer.