Agricultural Chemicals from Fruits & Vegetables
Did you know that apples are usually sprayed with agrochemicals about 22 times before they reach the shop? Did you know that commercially-grown carrots are often used to "clean" soil?
Do you know where your potatoes, oranges and tomatoes have been? Unless your fruits and vegetables are organic, they grew up in fields covered in pesticides and herbicides. Although pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables are considered to be at safe levels for human consumption, do you really want those extra chemicals in your food?
The extraction method of twin gear juicers gets rid of about 80 to 90% of toxic agrochemicals and heavy metals from produce. This is one of the reasons we recommend that you choose an Angel Living Juice Extractor. Otherwise, be sure to buy organic produce for juicing unless you want a cocktail of chemicals in your food.
The Twin Gears have the ability to remove a high level of agricultural chemicals and heavy metals through the triturating and squeezing process, according to the founder of the "Living Juice" machine - Dr. Norman Walker. The principle is as follows: if leaves, stalks or roots are squashed by using steel plates, stones or wood mortars and squeezed, enveloped by hemp cloth, juice and sap penetrate and only fiber waste remains. The degree of affinity of fiber for agricultural chemicals and heavy metals is so high that they remain together with the fiber waste. This is how the Angel Juicer's triturating process can obtain pure extracted juice while eliminating a high percentage of agricultural chemicals and heavy metals by rotating accurate Twin Gears, crushing vegetables and squeezing through the fine screen that acts in the same way as a hemp cloth.
Wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them.
Pesticides are chemicals that are used to control pests that destroy crops. They are used in the production of most crops sold in the United States. These chemicals may increase your risk for cancer or other chronic diseases and should be limited in your diet. To reduce consumption of pesticides, follow these tips:
- Wash all fruits and vegetables with water
- Before eating apples, cucumbers, potatoes or other produce in which the outer skin or peeling is consumed, scrub with a brush
- Throw away the outer leaves of leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and cabbage
- Peel and cook when appropriate, although some nutrients and fiber may be lost when produce is peeled
Once your fruits and vegetables are ready for harvest, they are handled by several different pairs of hands in the fields and orchards, then in the warehouses and finally again in your grocery store. Listeria, Salmonella and E. Coli may all be lurking on your fruits and vegetables, whether they are organically grown or conventionally grown.
You need to get those fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, but not the insects, chemicals and bacteria that come along with them, so make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables before you eat them.
How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables
- Start with keeping your kitchen countertops, refrigerator, cookware and cutlery clean.
- Always wash your hands before preparing meals and handling fruits and vegetables.
- Keep fresh greens, fruits and vegetables away from uncooked meats to avoid cross-contamination.
- Choose healthy looking, ripe fruits and vegetables when you shop. Avoid bruised, moldy and mushy produce.
- Wash all pre-packaged fruits and vegetables, even if the label claims they are pre-washed.
- Wash all parts of your fruits and vegetables, even if you don't plan on eating the rind or peeling. Bacteria living on the outside of oranges, melons and squash can be transferred to the knives that cut them and then straight to the parts that you will be eating.
- Gently rub fruits and vegetables under running water. Don't use any soaps, detergents, bleaches or other toxic cleaning chemicals. These chemicals will leave a residue of their own on your produce.
- Commercial sprays and washes sold for cleaning vegetables really aren't any better than cleaning thoroughly with plain water, so don't waste your money on them.
- Firmer fruits and vegetables like apples and potatoes can be scrubbed with a vegetable brush while rinsing with clean water to remove dirt and residue.
- Remove and discard the outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage heads and thoroughly rinse the rest of the leaves.
- Rinse berries and other small fruits thoroughly and allow them to drain in a colander.
Remember that the fruits and vegetables you buy may look clean when you pick them out at the grocery store, but you can't see bacteria or chemicals. Your fruits and vegetables still need to be washed before you eat them or serve them to guests or family members. This is especially important for produce and greens that are eaten raw.