We all have been told over and over, “Eat your vegetables, Eat Your Produce!” We know fresh fruits and vegetables are the foundation for a healthy diet. Without good nutrition, our bodies cannot work efficiently and things start to break down. But what if we are actually poisoning our families with our produce?
The problem is – our produce is being sprayed with pesticides. The reason our farmers do this is avoid their crops from being completely destroyed by pesky little insects.
But unfortunately, the more these synthetic pesticides are used, the more they end up spreading and becoming problematic in our organic farming. Over a billion pounds of pesticides are used in the US each year harming the health of our families. According to the Environmental Working Group, nearly 300 pounds of pesticides were applied to each acre of strawberries grown in California.
What Is A Pesticide & Why Are They Used?
Why should we even want to avoid these pesticides? By definition pesticides are created to kill living organisms like invasive plants and insects. However, they can be very problematic to humans as well especially children and the elderly when consumed. They are linked to serious issues such as cancer and nervous system damage
So, what is a parent to do? First of all, be aware that not all produce is equally exposed. According to the Environmental Working Group, the worst offenders that make their “Dirty Dozen” list are the following:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Can Pesticides Be Washed Off?
Unfortunately, many items on this list are family favorites and are frequently found on the families shopping list and on the dinner table! People make the sad mistake of believing that the pesticides can be washed off just using tap water. Who wants to hear that they have been feeding their children pesticide laced food?
Prioritize What You Buy Organically
First of all, I prioritize what I buy organically. Items on the above list are always my focus in what I purchase organically. Anything that has a soft edible skin should be organic if at all possible. However, I know just buying organic is often not enough.
11.5 High Alkaline Kangen Water to the Rescue!
This is where my Kangen Water 11.5 comes in to play. After purchasing my produce and bringing it home, I get out a big bowl and fill it with fresh 11.5 High Alkaline Kangen Water. Then, I put my fresh fruits and vegetables into the bowl of 11.5 water and let the produce sit in it for five to ten minutes. (I don’t do this with foods that I don’t eat the skin – like avocados or bananas.)
This is where my Kangen Water 11.5 comes in to play. After purchasing my produce and bringing it home, I get out a big bowl and fill it with fresh 11.5 High Alkaline Kangen Water. Then, I put my fresh fruits and vegetables into the bowl of 11.5 water and let the produce sit in it for five to ten minutes. (I don’t do this with foods that I don’t eat the skin like avocados or bananas.)
When I see what the water looks like afterwards, it is a good motivator to always faithfully do this step when I bring my groceries home. This is with me buying almost all organic! Organic is almost always better than nonorganic, but it doesn’t mean it gets a hall pass on being herbicide and pesticide free. This is why you want to always wash your produce in the high alkaline Kangen 11.5 water!
Another Benefit of Kangen Water 11.5 – Mega Antioxidants
Another side benefit in doing this – your produce will actually stay fresh much longer in the refrigerator. This is because the 11.5 High Alkaline Kangen Water is full of anti-oxidants. The anti-oxidants coat the produce and slow the aging process down.
This is a fun experiment for mom’s to do with their children! Wash some produce using tap water and wash the other produce with the High Alkaline Kangen Water. After a week or even ten days, compare the produce side by side! When I saw the difference in my produce and how fresh my 11.5 washed produce looked after a week compared to the tap water produce, I would never go back and wash anything with my tap water.
The Clean 15 List According to the EWG
If your budget doesn’t allow for buying organically, then you want to buy as much as possible from the EWG’s Clean 15 list.
Here is the most recent list of the EWG’s list of the Clean 15 to help your wallet:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas Frozen
- Honeydew Melons