It's Spring and that means some of my favorite varieties of fruits and veggies are soon to hit my table. Did you know, that according to Government research, you should scrub fresh produce at least 30 seconds to remove the residue? If you aren't buying organic (which will reduce your pesticide exposure) you should rinse all of your fruits and vegetables before eating them!
Fitness Magazine (May 2013 issue) states: "The pesticide residue on them aren't only bad for your overall health, but can also keep your calorie-burning 'machine' from performing at its peak...in an International Journal of Obesity study, dieters with the highest levels of pollutants in their bodies had markers of slower metabolism than those with the lowest levels." The article goes on to say that according to lead author Angelo Tremblay, Ph.D., a professor of Kinesiology at Laval University in Canada "Pesticides may affect your thyroid's ability to function and there's also evidence that they can harm the functioning of mitochondria, the parts of a cell that convert fuel into energy."
Here's a great, homemade way to clean most of your produce:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 cup of water
*Mix it all together & soak. Then give it a good rinse after.
Enjoy and stay healthy to the core!