Do You Really Need to Wash Fruits and Veggies?

DR. DIEHM CLEANS UP THE DEBATE

We know eating a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is unquestionably healthy.  But do they need to be washed?  The List’s Bradley Hasemeyer cleans up the debate.  

  • Vinegar Water – Fill a spray bottle with 10% vinegar and 90% water for a killer solution.  Tests have shown this is 90% effective in getting rid of germs.
  • Fruits and Vegetables with skins still need to be washed. Since you put a knife through the outside of the fruit or veggie the germs can get on the knife and then can transfer to the part you eat.
  • Soak leafy greens – kale, spinach, or butter leaf lettuce should soak for 3-5 minutes.  And it doesn’t hurt to even give “Prewashed” produce a quick rinse.  

Special thanks to Dr. Michael Diehm.

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