Dr Oz: Home Solution Recipe to Wash Off Pesticides

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Dr Oz: Home Solution Recipe to Wash Off Pesticides

By on September 24, 2010

Doctor Oz did a segment called “Dr Oz’s Most Wanted” to list the top 4 fruits and vegetables that are contaminated with pesticides.  One of the most valuable portions of today’s show, to me at least, was Dr Oz’s Recipe for a Home Solution to remove pesticides from your fruits and vegetables.  The USDA measures the pesticides found on produce every year, according to Dr Oz’s guest Urvashi Rangan.  Farmers use pesticides for many reasons, and it was really after World War 2 that we had developed chemicals for killing humans and figured out that if we diluted them and put them on our crops, we would be able to kill bugs… that sure does not sound appetizing to me.  Organic farmers have found plenty of alternatives to pesticides and the more we support organic farmers by buying their produce, the cheaper organic products will become.  It is up to us, the public, to demand that farmers stop using pesticides, or we will stop eating their produce.  But that is my personal opinion, I wonder if Dr Oz would agree.  Dr Oz said that when you go to the grocery, you should not look for perfect fruits and vegetables because those are less natural and not as good for you.  Dr Oz showed how the pesticides on a strawberry gets into your system and can effect your auto-pilot system and cause blurry vision, it can make you have lung spasms similar to asthma, as well as a whole bunch of other negative effects.  Home Solution Pesticide Wash

Dr Oz’s Dirtiest Fruits & Vegetables

1.  Strawberries

The USDA found over 50 pesticide residues on strawberries that range from carcinogens to chemical that cause reproductive and developmental damage.  Urvashi Rangan said that we do not understand the harm caused by combining multiple pesticide residues, but it cannot be a good thing.  Dr Oz suggested soaking your strawberries for two minutes in a bowl of water and then rinsing them well before eating them.

2.  Apples

Over 40 pesticide residues were found on apples and most varieties of apples have them.  Also, most apples are waxed, which does not help when you are trying to wash them off.  One solution is to peel an apple, or if it is unwaxed, take a good brush and scrub it.  Dr Oz said that you should be able to smell the apple, and if not, then it is likely covered in wax.

3.  Spinach

Over 40 pesticide residues are found on spinach, but its too soft to brush it.  You can soak it, but it sits in dirt in the ground and is very close to the pesticides.  Dr Oz suggested buying frozen spinach, because he said that when they wash and blanch the spinach, it takes off around 90% of the pesticides.  My question though is why can’t we just wash and blanch fresh spinach if that is the case???

4.  Peaches

Dr Oz can eat around 12 peaches at a time, but he said that in that quantity, the peaches cause gas.  Too much information Dr Oz haha!  Peaches are very soft skinned, and in general, soft skinned fruits are tougher to wash and pesticides can absorb through the skin.  Produce like avocados or bananas are safer options if you don’t go organic.

Dr Oz’s Pesticide Wash Solution Recipe

Dr Oz said that if you are going to eat non-organic fruits and vegetables, you can help to wash your produce off by mixing together the following ingredients:

– 1 cup water

– 1 cup white vinegar

– 1 TB baking soda

– 1/2 lemon

Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray your produce.  Let the solution sit on your fruits and veggies for about 5 minutes before rinsing it off.  Vinegar is anti-bacterial and lemon is a natural astringent.  Fabulous home remedy Dr Oz!!!

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Comments to Dr Oz: Home Solution Recipe to Wash Off Pesticides

  1. Tom Barcelllos says:

    Presenting this as if 40 or 50 pesticiide residues are on fruits or vegetables is doing a diservice to consumers and farmers alike. While there may be 50 chemicals “registered” for use on a fruit does not mean that every one is used on a crop. In most cases, there will be 1-4 at most and ONLY as required to produce a blemish free well formed fruit or vegetable that the consumer wishes to purchase. It would be cost prohibitive to use 50 pesticides on a single crop as is infered.

  2. I’m glad dr. oz feels the same why I do about my produce. I wash all my produce with soap and water. TIP wash your carrots too they are grown in the ground where all the pesticides and chemicals soak in.

  3. exactly HOW do you mix vinegar and baking soda and have anything left to wash your veggies with

  4. It was raining birds,” Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine told The Associated Press. “It got people a little anxious.”
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture utilized a bird-specific pesticide, DRX-1339, which it says is harmless to humans and other animals.
    New Jersey pet owners still looked to the local government for reassurance, however, that their animals would not be affected by the pesticide. At the very least, one resident said, they could have received a warning about the culling in advance.

    So lou when will the government USDA tell the people when we are being removed by pesticide spraying????? ho wait its already happening and what is in drx-pesticied’s….

  5. Sarah Larsen says:

    Does anyone know how long this will last/shelf/fridge life?????

  6. I agree with “MZMO”, How in the world do you mix baking soda and vinegar without causing the volcano effect. If anyone knows the answer, PLEASE post it here!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!

  7. Just mix it in a big enough bowl so after it volcanoes everything is still there.

  8. Haven’t attempted yet but it would seem logical to first dilute the baking soda with the water. Once thoroughly diluted mix the the solution into the vinegar. Then the lemon juice.

  9. again..does anyone know long this will last in a spray bottle in your cabinet? I buy the ready made 5 dollar bottle at the produce section in the store..which doesn’t go bad..but probably not natural!

  10. I left the baking soda out because of the volcano effect. Will that make a difference to leave it out?

  11. Bill. Cosby says:

    Dr. Oz is a retard. Vinegar and baking soda you get water, co2 and sodium acetate at the bi-products. So you might just use water. Does Dr. Oz ever consult with any real doctors before he gives his crappy medical advice?

  12. Barack Obama says:

    Here my secret vegetable was solution:
    1 cup ammonia
    1 cup bleach
    1 cup water
    Bleach is a great anti-bacterial and anti-viral. It will kill almost every know pathogen…and I just like the way ammonia tatses so that’s why I add it. Water, or H20 as I like to call it because it makes me sound smart, is the universal solvent. Soak veggies in solution for 5 minutes. I would recommend using in a well-ventolated area because the fumes always burn my lungs.

  13. Ernie B says:

    Please don’t ever mix ammonia and bleach, even in a well ventilated area. It produces toxic fumes!

  14. Dyane C. says:

    I think the user above was joking… anyway, i think soaking leafy greens in apple cider vinegar and water is good enough. IF you want to scrub the wax off apples, soak them in water/1 Tbsp of baking soda solution. rinse off wtith water/1 Tbsp vinegar solution

  15. Bill. Cosby (pseudonym) is right. Dr. Oz forgot his first year undergrad chemistry. My daughter is a big fan of Dr. Oz. I keep telling her he is an idiot. Now I have more ammunition to prove my point to her. You might as well mix lemon juice and salt and skip mixing the acetic acid (vinegar) and a mild alkaline (baking soda). This results in a neutral solution (water), depending on the stoichiometry (ratio). Even more convenient, just mix equal parts vinegar and water. This mildly acidic and potable solution will work.

  16. I’ve wondered about some of his recommendations. He speaks very highly of a face cream by Peter Thomas Roth that’s around $200. to help with wrinkles. What he doesn’t tell people a lot of those creams can cause Rosacea. I use to purchase expensive serums & moisturizers spent thousands! Then woke up one day with a rash, continued to spread all over my face. Went to my Dr., and was treated with several different prescriptions, spent hundreds of dollars, found out after trying medications that wasn’t working it was Rosacea. The medication for that cost my $200., a tube. It took almost a year before it subsided. Come to find out the toxins in the wrinkle creams was the culprit! So all you ladies out there beware of what you put on your face! It was a horrible time not to mention embarrassing to have that for almost a year. Makeup doesn’t cover it, it only makes it more pronounced! Oprah doing her thing making these people she chooses to become” Stars.” I wonder if Dr.Oz has ever actually has been her personal doctor along with Dr. Phil?
    Anyhow, this is about washing produce.Thanks for the tips everyone! Just thought I’d share!

  17. I sooo cannot believe some of these post. Thank God for common sense and Dr. Oz, who calls ‘em like he see’s ‘em.

  18. C. Starnes, M. D. says:

    I just wonder sometimes about the educational level, study, research, or experience of some of these “wanna-be’s” who are so eager to criticize. It’s easy to see why you use pseudonyms, because you are pseudo-intellectuals!

  19. Donna Choice says:

    Aren’t there other fruits &vegetables we can eat that have the same nutritional values, from other countries that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides??

  20. What’s the best way to wash / clean my raw almonds ? The organic ones are wayyy expensive ! I make my almond milk so I need to let it sit in water for a day or so. Any suggestions anyone ?

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