I am sure you have all heard that you should wash your veggies and fruits before you eat them. Of course it sounds like a good idea, but sometimes people get lazy or simply forget to do it.
Let’s really think though…
How many times have you gone to the grocery store and touched an apple to see how firm it was or picked up a head of lettuce to examine it? I do this all the time, and a lot of the time I put whatever I touched back because it is not what I was looking for. This means that the fruit and veggies you are buying have been touched by who knows how many people. On top of that, one can only imagine the germs that were on each of those person’s hands.
Another thing to consider is that your fruits and veggies sit on display sometimes all day long, uncovered in the open at the grocery store. Dust is constantly flying around and resting wherever. We see our shelves at home collect dust, which is exactly what is happening to our fruits and veggies at the grocery store. You wouldn’t go a lick your dusty shelf right? Yuck!
Both of the reasons apply to organic and non-organic produce (and I highly support buying organic produce!). But if you choose not to buy organic, it is crucial you try and wash off as many pesticides as you can!
Yet not all veggies and fruits have an outer layer that is edible, in which case you wouldn’t need to wash them; such as watermelon, bananas, etc. This is fine but it can’t hurt to form a healthy habit whenever possible!