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Washing An Apple; You Are Most Probably Doing It Wrong

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Apples are good for our health. But they are also laced with pesticides and insecticides which raises concerns in people’s minds. How does a normal person wash an apple? Running it through water or cleaning it with a paper towel or a napkin? Either way, you are doing it wrong. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts claim that they have found a way that supersedes any current way of washing an apple. According to the researchers, using baking soda is a better method of washing the pesticides off the apples. These findings were reported by the researchers in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Washing apples

To reach these results, the researchers used two types of pesticides, the fungicide thiabendazole, and the insecticide phosmet. During the course of this study, they washed the apples using three different things, tap water, a solution of water and baking soda, and a commercial bleach solution approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The results that were concluded by the scientists were quite amazing and surprising. After 12 minutes, 80% of thiabendazole was removed, while 96% of the phosmet was removed after 15 minutes. The scientists concluded that the thiabendazole was more difficult to remove because it is able to penetrate more deeply into the skin of the apple. The simple answer could be that we could just peel the skin of the apple but that would mean losing much of the important nutrients that are present in the skin of the apple.

Washing apples

We have often been told that an apple a day can keep the doctor away but not washing an apple properly might lead the way to the emergency room. Washing an apple properly, with a common pantry agent, the baking soda, for an appropriate amount of time will help you find all the nutrients that you need in your daily dose of apples.

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