We have often been told to ‘eat a rainbow’ to stay healthy, which essentially means including a variety of fruits and veggies in our diet. But picking raw food items comes with its own set of worries as we are always looking for quality certification on the produce while grocery shopping or running it under water for minutes at end to get rid of the chemicals, and even peeling the apples and pears, fearing the wax on the skin.
Day in and day out, we risk hospitalisation and even death owing to cross contamination or unwashed produce. As the scare of our food being infested with fertilisers, chemicals, artificial ripeners and what not stares us in the face, how we eat is increasingly becoming more important than what we eat.
Reality bites: Dangers of contamination
It’s not just pathogens and bacteria that glue themselves onto produce and can get into wrinkles, openings or small cuts, pesticides and wax are equally a menace that we have to fight. And if that was not enough, our food travels miles to reach the markets and studies show it is touched by at least 20 pairs of hands before making it to our kitchens. Dr Shawki Ibrahim, scientist and environmental health expert, says, “These fungicide and pesticide residues can build up in the body over time and impact health negatively, and some have been linked to cancer and other chronic diseases.”
Why water is not the best cleaning agent
While we’ve been told time and again to wash our fruits and vegetables thoroughly, several tests have shown that water by itself is not sufficient to clean your produce properly. It is an important step no doubt, but it only removes dirt and soil on the surface and doesn’t guarantee complete elimination of contamination. After all, we don’t use water alone to wash our dishes, our clothes or even our hair, so why the food we eat?
– According to the Disinfection 101, Center for Food Security and Public Health and the Center for Disease Control, “water alone is not an effective cleaner for removing potentially harmful contaminants from fresh produce.”
– Furthermore, it cannot remove pesticides, agro chemicals, wax and other agents that are only organic soluble.
– Nor does it have any impactful ability to kill microbes and remove the biofilm (again organic soluble only) that microbes can form.
The downsides to using vinegar
The next best bet we have been told is household vinegar. There is, however, no credible or scientific data to prove its efficacy as an anti-microbial agent on fresh produce. There are, on the other hand, a few downsides:
– It does not kill dangerous microbes like E.coli.
– It lacks the ability to remove soil and dirt particles from produce, which can harbour microorganisms and has poor ability to disinfect.
– The minimum concentration of vinegar required to be effective as a bacteria kill is 4-5 per cent, which is what typical vinegar on food shelves contains. Hence, it would need to be used straight from the bottle, which does not make it a cost-effective solution.
– What makes it worse is that the strong odour and flavour of vinegar could affect the sensory attributes of your veggies and fruits significantly.
The healthy alternative
Before you decide to give up eating fresh fruits and vegetables, we recommend that you swap water and household vinegar for Eat Cleaner products. Available as sprays, refills and wipes, it’s a tasteless, odourless and lab-tested line of food wash and wipes that is up to 99.9 per cent more effective than water in cleaning wax, pesticide residues and bacteria from commercially and organically grown produce.
Why you should opt for Eat Cleaner
– Studies prove that while it washes away 99.9 per cent of bacteria and pesticides from your produce, it also extends the shelf life of the raw food items by up to 200 per cent—almost five times the usual duration.
– Now, available in India, Eat Cleaner contains a plant-based surfactant, which is important in removing dirt and soil particles, wax and agricultural materials that are non-soluble in water.
– The formula is effective in removing bacterial bio film and killing microbes.
– In case you’re worried about any chemicals, don’t be because its ingredients are all-natural.
So, now you can serve your family an increased number of salads without any worry about disease or illness. Also, your kids will be thrilled to be allowed to pick and bite into fruits during the weekly grocery trip with the use of Eat Cleaner spray and wipes.
You can buy Eat Cleaner products from here.