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6 Ways To Remove Pesticide from fruits and veggies

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In today’s world where staying healthy is a challenge and avoiding packed and fast food is everyone’s dream, eating fruits and green vegetables is one and the best way for us to be healthy. But really are these fresh fruits and vegetables making our body fit and healthy?

No, not any more. We all are aware of the increase of insecticides and pesticides sprayed on fruits and veggies to increase its production and enhance its quality. These insecticides and pesticides can lead to number of long term or incurable diseases like cancer.

So, it’s important for us to know how can we remove these chemicals from our fresh fruits and veggies and reap their actual benefits.

  1. Cleaning with Cold Water
  2. Salt Water
  3. Vinegar
  4. Baking Powder
  5. Lemon
  6. Peal and Trim

Cleaning with Cold Water
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) says that 75% to 80% of pesticide reduces are removed by cold water washing. Soak fruits and veggies for couple of hours in cold water and then wash it with fresh water. However, fruits like grapes, apples, guava, plums, mangoes, peaches and pears and fruity vegetables like tomatoes and okra require two to three washings, as do green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.

Salt Water
Using salt water for washing fruits and vegetables is also best way to remove pesticides and insecticides. Soak fruits and veggies for 5 – 10 mins and then wash it with fresh water.
This method isn’t ideal for fragile fruits like berries, which can be damaged by soaking and end up tasting salty. For these, a simple cold water soak and rinse is best.

Vinegar
You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in water and soak for 30-60 mins. The water vinegar solution should be with 10 percent vinegar and 90 percent water. Stir them around and rinse thoroughly. Be careful while washing fruits like berries, and those with a thin peel as the solution might damage their porous outer-skin.

Lemon Water
Lemon is one of the best antioxidants that not only help reducing oxidants from our body but also removes pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Lemon can be used as an alternative to vinegar, with 2-3 lemons added in a small bucket of water, soak the veggies in it for 30-60 mins and then wash thoroughly.

Baking Soda (One of the best solutions)
This solution is know to remove more than 90% of pesticides and insecticides from our food. As per the study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, baking soda solution was found to be most effective at removing pesticide residues both on the surface and beneath the skin of apples.
A mix of only 1:100 of baking soda and water for 12 to 15 minutes of soaking can completely remove the pesticides.

Peal and Trim
Peeling and trimming is probably the most effective way for reducing the amount of chemical residue on your fresh food. Of course, it’s not suitable for all produce – like those with no skin! Fruits with thicker peal (like oranges, watermelon) are considered to be more safer than fruits with thinner peal.

Foods That are better to be bought Organic:

Here is the list of most contaminated produce (most important to buy organic) known as the Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Hot Peppers

And here is the list of least contaminated produce known as the Clean Fifteen:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn (Note: could be GMO)
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas, frozen
  7. Papayas (Note: could be GMO)
  8. Asparagus
  9. Eggplant
  10. Honeydew Melon
  11. Kiwi
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Cauliflower
  14. Broccoli

Editor’s note: This list has the most updated information from the EWG’s 2018 data.

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Mayonnaise Sauce – Death by Choice

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We all love mayonnaise sauce and why won’t we, as it tastes so good. All the top brands like Mc Donald, Dominos, Subway sell it and also use in their products because it adds so much flavor to it, ki dil mange more. Having mayonnaise sauce with tandoori chicken, momos or fried food, hmmm its just like heaven on earth. Hold on, before you plan to order some food with mayonnaise sauce, you must know what all ingredients it’s made up off.

Since in India, food restaurants do not have any legal obligation on disclosing the ingredients used in preparation of their products to general public, we will be examining ingredients of packed mayonnaise sauce bottle (Funfoods- Mayonnaise Classic 275 grams) which we can easily get from any grocery store.


The ingredients labelled on this bottle are :
  • Soyabean Oil
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Egg Powder
  • Milk Solids
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice
  • Acidity Regulator (INS 260 and INS 330)
  • Emulsifier and Stabilizer (INS 415 and INS 440)
  • Antioxidant (INS 319)
  • Preservatives (INS 211 and INS 202)

Sugar, water, egg powder, milk solids, salt and lemon juice are ingredients that we all generally consume almost on daily basis and their presence should not be harmful to our body.

Why mayonnaise sauce tastes so good because it has more than 60% of total oil (fat) in 275 grams of bottle, more oil means better taste. Eating mayonnaise sauce is almost like drinking oil. We might eat mayonnaise sauce in small quantity but still its not at all healthy. If we intake only 20 grams (around 2 teaspoon) of mayonnaise sauce then it amounts to more than 12 grams or 15 ml of oil that we would be consuming.
People suffering from high cholesterol should avoid it at all cost.

Antioxidant in foods are used to preserve and improve shelf life of the product. One of the best source of natural antioxidant is lemon juice. Along with presence of lemon juice this bottle has additional unnatural antioxidant – INS 319 (Tertiary butylhydroquinone or TBHQ). TBHQ is used in fats, including vegetable oils and animal fats. Many — if not most — processed foods contain some fats, so it’s found in a wide range of products. For example, snack crackers, noodles, and fast and frozen foods.

As per Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of USA, TBHQ can’t account for more than 0.02 percent of the oils in a food product as it can be harmful to the body.
According to the Centers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a well-designed government study found that this additive increased the incidence of tumors in rats. And according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), cases of vision disturbances have been reported when humans consume TBHQ. They also cite studies that have found TBHQ to cause liver enlargement, neurotoxic effects, convulsions, and paralysis in laboratory animals.

Acidity Regulator (INS 260 and INS 330) are commonly found in packed food and beverages. Though these regulators are not harmful but should be consumed with caution as it may cause severe allergic reactions (rashhivesdifficulty in breathingtightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue irritation).

Emulsifier and Stabilizer (INS 415 and INS 440) – These are used as thickeners in various food products like toothpaste, Jam, sauce etc. These are safe if taken in small quantity but can cause some side effects such as intestinal gas (flatulence) and bloating.

Preservatives are present in almost 99.9% of packed food. If you are already dependent on packed food then you might be taking these preservatives in high quantity. This mayonnaise sauce has INS 211 and INS 202 preservatives.

  • Sodium Benzoate (INS 211):
    Generally the amount of sodium benzoate in foods is so low it is unlikely to cause significant side effects in most people. Sodium benzoate can trigger allergic reactions in some people, though. According to the December 2007 issue of “Environmental Health Perspectives” it has also been implicated as a potential trigger for hyperactivity in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sodium benzoate does in itself not cause the disorder, and more research is needed to determine what role, if any, it plays in worsening hyperactivity.
  • Potassium sorbate (INS 202):
    Potassium sorbate has several adverse health effects. Potassium sorbate has long been considered a safe and non-toxic food additive. However, several studies have suggested that the chemical can actually be toxic. As well, some researchers now believe that potassium sorbate can cause a wide range of long-term health problems and side effects. Prolonged use of the preservative could lead to Migraine, Hypersensitivity Reactions, Hyperkalemia, allergic reactions, Nausea, Diarrhea, etc.


Conclusion: If you are among those who have busy schedule with no or little exercise and are more dependent on packed food, then please be cautious while consuming mayonnaise sauce.
Avoid having mayonnaise sauce and if not, better prepare at home. Preparing mayonnaise sauce won’t take more than 5-10 mins at home.

Funfoods- Mayonnaise Classic 275 grams

The content of the product can be verified at any local store as they are all mentioned on the bottle label.

Other Links:

References:
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/potential-tbhq-dangers#1
https://www.livestrong.com/article/353871-adverse-health-effects-of-potassium-sorbate/
http://foodnetindia.in/pectinsin-440/
https://nutrineat.com/potassium-sorbate-dangers-side-effects
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-340/xanthan-gum

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Pepsi, Coca-cola, Thumps Up Its Ingredients – Cancer and Diabetes

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In today’s busy schedule where diseases like diabetes and cancer are on the rise, we need to more health conscious. Thus, it’s important to know if the eatables that we purchase from market are safe for us, and not leading us to these deadly diseases.

Soft drinks! We frequently savor these- in parties or in general. But do we know ,what are it’s ingredients and it’s nutritional value. If not, then do read this post till the end, after which you’ll never drink these again.

We’ll talk about Pepsi, Coca-cola and Thumps Up, their ingredients and the diseases these may cause. All the bottles are of 600 ml each which usually make up 2 regular size glasses. The ingredients are similar in all these bottles. You can also check these ingredients, as they are printed on the bottle.

These all have –

  • Carbonated water
  • Caffeine
  • Acidity regulator
  • Color
  • flavor
  • and lots of sugar.

Let’s talk about these ingredients in details:

Sugar
In each 100 ml of the soft drink, it has 10 – 12 grams of sugar, that means in a bottle of 600 ml it has approximately 60 grams sugar. In 2 glasses of lemonade you might be adding 3-4 teaspoon of sugar whereas these 600 ml bottles have more than 15 teaspoons of sugar. This high quantity of sugar can lead to various diseases. This may lead to weak eyesight, heart problems, obesity, tooth decay, kidney problems and diabetes.
If you think that you are safe, because you are consuming these once a week or a month then you’ll be shocked to know that our body needs around 25 grams of sugar in a Day whereas 1 glass of these soft drink has 30 grams of it.

Acidity regulator 338 or phosphoric acid
This acid is used in various products like – pharmaceuticals, household cleaning agent, fertilizers, and in detergents. If consumed in high quantity it may lead to kidney disease and kidney stones and also reduce bone density. Company never mentions the quantity of this acid in theses bottles, but you can get an idea from the videos over the internet where its shown, that with the help of these soft drinks you can clean your toilets. You can also try this and trust me your toilet will be as clean as new.

Caffeine
It’s a chemical which is mostly found in coffee beans and tea leaves. Caffeine works as an energy drink which keeps us mentally alert and also provides relief from headache.
Caffeine taken in large quantity can cause blood pressure, heart attack and even weak bones. Diabetes patient should avoid this at all cost.

Can Soft drinks cause Cancer ?
According to Cancer Council Victoria and University of Melbourne reports, soft drinks can cause cancer even if u r suffering from obesity or not. In total these soft drinks are sweet poison that is made up of chemical, color, artificial flavor which has no nutritional value.

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Frooti, Maaza, Slice – How many Mango do they Have?

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Frooti, Maaza and Slice. Are these really mango juice or factory produced chemical products? How many mangos does these juices actually have? We are going to reveal the real truth behind these products and I’m sure after reading this, you will never drink these mango juices.

In this blog we are going to talk about mango frooti, Tropicana Slice, Maaza and there content. These bottles are of 600ml which is equivalent to, 2 regular size glasses (350 ml each). And cost around Rs 37/-.

These products are made from almost same kind of ingredients. They’ve got –

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Acidity Regulator
  • Antioxidant
  • Preservative
  • Synthetic Food Color
  • Mango Flavor (Artificial and Natural)
  • and Mango Pulp.

Let’s find out how much real mango they have.
Frooti and Maaza have about 19.5% mango pulp in 600 ml that’s around 117 ml, which is not even 1/3 of a regular glass. Try this at home, take a single regular size mango and make a pulp out of it, you will be surprised to know that the home made pulp will be double in quantity than what’s present in these bottles. These bottles have only half of real mango in it rest is all water and chemical.

Tropicana Slice has even lesser percentage. It has just 13.6% of concentrated mango pulp. What is concentrated mango pulp? It’s a process where water is extracted from the fruit either by heating or squeezing and later when needed water is added back.
Tropicana claims that there 600 ml bottle is having mango pulp equivalent to single strength mango pulp. But never mention the weight or size of the single mango that they are taking about.

 

Coming on to Sugar. As per United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1 mango of 165 gms has 22 g of sugar. But these bottles have 13 grams of sugar for every 100ML that is 78 grams in a 600 ml bottle which is equivalent to 20 spoons of sugar. Assuming these juices has at most 1 mango in them amounting to approx 22 grams of natural sugar, to which, they still have more than 50 grams of additional processed sugar. A single glass of these juices have around 40 grams of sugar whereas an average healthy male body needs 25 to 30 grams of sugar in a day. Taking this much sugar can lead you standing next to number of diseases.

Now wondering how much Synthetic color and Artificial flavor is added to it? Let’s do an experiment. Try taking 1/3 of a regular glass around 150 ML of mango pulp and add 2 glasses of water to it. How will it taste like “Taste like Water hummm!!”. Whereas these drinks are having same thickness and color as if of 2 glasses of real mango juices. So we can see how much color and flavor would have been added to it. Added Color and flavor quantity is not mentioned on the bottles but ya you guessed it right!

There’s still more… it has Acidity Regulator, Antioxidant and Preservative. Again, it’s quantity in which its added to the bottle is not mentioned! These ingredients taken in high quantity are very dangerous. And if in case u r already more dependent on packed food be aware u r already taking in high doses of these.

Over internet you will find lots of people now days taking frooti, maaza challenge and drinking 2.5 liters of these juices in just few minutes to get more likes and money. They are actually taking 325 grams of sugar! That to most of it is, processed sugar. This is way way too dangerous. Please don’t do or let anyone do, else what you will earn, you might spent on your treatment in a hospital for your entire life. Do read this blog of ours on what happens after taking high amount of sugar in our body. Link.

Talking about Nutritional value; its Noting!! compared to 1 real mango.

So, what do we conclude. With even less than 1 real mango fruits inside these 600 ml bottle, these juices are just sugary syrup nothing more and as dangerous as soft drinks. Please don’t drink these and specially not let your children drink. Better make these juices at home.
Thanks for reading, Please share, as this can save someone’s life and subscribe our channel. In our next blog we will be taking about Tropicana fruit juices, 100% real juice and find out what if these are really juices or something else.