The Importance Behind Washing Fruits and Vegetables

| 8/28/2015 5:00:00 AM

Washing fruits and vegetables is a fun process that ensures your health and well-being. Unlike the cavemen days, the risk of produce contamination is more than 80 percent. Thankfully, washing fruits and vegetables only takes a few minutes out of your day and gives you a feeling of relief, knowing that your produce is clean and healthy.

Washing Fruits And Vegetables 

Why Should We Wash Our Fruits and Vegetables?

It’s easy to become enthralled with the idea of eating delicious, ripe fruit, but oftentimes the notion of cleaning it escapes us. At some point in time, everyone is guilty of the crime…OK, it’s not a real crime. But washing fruits and vegetables is very important and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  

So why is it important to wash fruits and vegetables? Rest assured, it’s not to make you spend more time in the kitchen. This necessary task eliminates the odds of contracting a food-borne illness, washes away surface pesticides and cleans off any dirt.

One in six Americans is diagnosed with food poisoning after consuming contaminated produce. Typical sources of contamination include Salmonella, Listeria and the norovirus. Symptoms can include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, severe stomach pains and dehydration. It’s important to see a health-care provider if any of these symptoms occur.

Pesticides are a big no-no on your fruits and vegetables. Eating dirty produce with pesticides on its surface is the same as voluntarily eating harmful chemicals. There are at least 29 different pesticides found in the average American body. Pesticides have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma, and prostate or stomach cancer. Some fruits and vegetables have a higher percentage of pesticides than others.