The ethylene oxide issue has rekindled attention to the effects of pesticide waste on food. A few small tricks can help a lot.
In recent months, the ethylene oxide issue has kept all European supermarkets at attention. A substance often present in pesticides and which, for this reason, often ends up to some extent inside the products themselves. A potentially risky situation by virtue of consumption, with excessive ingestion of the oxide which could cause deleterious effects in the human body. For this reason, Europe has decided to give it a cut, also eliminating the minimum threshold granted up to then by the Ministries of Health.
Between withdrawals from the shelves and community provisions, attention on the issue has increased further in recent weeks. So much so that some associations, such as the Environmental Working Group, have drawn up some rankings about the products that more than others could be subject to the deleterious effects of pesticides. In fact, the organization prepares its report every year, verifying the residues of the substances on fruits and vegetables based on the analysis of some samples, taken by the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture. The results are often surprising.
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A perhaps surprising fact, considering the “wild” nature of the fruit, is the fact that strawberries are at the top of the ranking. One of the products most contaminated by pesticides, i.e. naturally produced chemicals used to eliminate pests and anything that can damage crops. Following, other widely consumed fruits like apples, peaches and pears. The same goes for vegetables: spinach, turnip greens and kale are at the top of the list. Foods often found in our refrigerators during the various seasons of the year.
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In any case, in the face of the inevitable presence of some pesticide residues, there are equally simple remedies to avoid the worst effects. Even in contravention of some habits such as, for example, washing freshly bought strawberries. A procedure that would increase the humidity of the fruit, accelerating the deterioration process. Better to wash them just before consumption. Another trick is the removal of the peel, and this is especially true for vegetables and fruits such as apples and pears. The rinsing process will take some time with the so-called “soaking” in water with baking soda or vinegar. Small actions that will limit in an extremely sensitive way the action of pesticide waste.