Eating a healthy diet involving a lot of fruits and vegetables is crucial for our body. The most important thing to consider when you buy this kind of food is whether it is organic. What many people don’t know, is that the fruit and vegetables are often treated with pesticides and sold like that. The US Department of Agriculture found that 65% of the samples they tested were positive for pesticides!

The Environmental Working Group is an organization striving to provide accurate information about the chemicals in our food and cosmetics and also to ensure the customers have the same accurate information when they buy these products. So, every year, they update the list of most and least chemically treated foods and cosmetics, and provide the information to the customers. This year, the most chemically treated products include apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, grapes, nectarines, cucumbers, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries and sweet bell peppers. Pesticides were also found in hot peppers, kale and collard greens.

Buying organic is not economical – these products are expensive. While buying organic fruit and vegetables is the better choice, it’s also important to know that conventional fruit needs to be washed before eating. Using white vinegar is a great way to wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

Experts agree that white vinegar is much better than commercial spray bottles aimed at washing this kind of food. One part of vinegar is mixed with three parts of water in a spray bottle. The fruit and vegetable are then sprayed with this solution, and scrubbed with a brush before rinsing with clear water.

New advanced research links these chemicals with various diseases. Pesticides are often linked with cancer. So, it’s really important to reduce our toxic chemicals intake. While buying organic is the best choice, it’s also pricier, so it’s important to learn how to wash conventional fruit and vegetables. White vinegar is a cheap and great option for cleaning them, and supporting our healthy bodies.