Morning Has Broken recently shared the importance of using a “vegetable wash” rather than relying on tap water alone to remove pesticides, etc. from produce. I just happened to be in a health food store that same week, and decided to buy some. Grape Seed Extract, to be precise, also called: GSE.
I love this new approach to health! I swear our veggies and fruits taste much better! According to the instructions, I fill my clean kitchen sink with cold water, add 30 drops of GSE and start cleaning my fruits and veggies. The added bonus, is we no longer have to wash individual pieces of fruit/veggies at breakfast or snacktime, and my long-shelved Tupperware is finally getting used as refrigerator storage! I transfer my big bags of apples to two-gallon ziplocks and we’re good to go!
Here is what Morning Has Broken said in a reply comment to her post “A salad a day…”
You can get vegetable scrubs at many health food type stores such as The Vitamin College, Whole Food Markets, Wild Oats, if you have any of those near you. Unfortunately, we don’t here, so I stock up when I get the chance. Anyway, these washes clean the vegetables better than plain water and should get off some of the junk they spray on them when you can’t buy organic. Any vegetable with high surface area and thin skin like broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, apples…you get the idea will absorb more of the pesticides, etc.
Now the lady at the health food store, and also, the link I shared above to the GSE info page, stated that they also wash their meat in a sinkful of this GSE water! I haven’t done that yet, mostly because I’m a bit too frugal wrap my mind around doing this every time I fix meat for a meal. But being able to wash all my veggies and fruits at once seems like a good deal. I know the option is there to spray your foods with this, that may be the way I’ll go concerning meat.
You really should check out that link. GSE can be used for many thing other than washing food. Toothbrush cleanser, cutting board disinfectant, orally for sickness…
Some sources say warm water and vinegar will get most of the residue and that whatever method you use, certain chemicals will not wash off. If you can afford to buy organic, do it. Otherwise, wash and hope for the best, or peel everything! If you think this is a little over the top, read up on the huge amount of pesticides consumed by America’s children, and how it ups their chances for childhood diseases like leukemia!