One TikTok user recorded a viral video that answers the question whether vegetables and fruits should be washed in salt water before consuming!
Namely, it is clear that various insects live in fruits and vegetables and that we ate a handful of them during our lives, but what about those we never thought about?
Should vegetables and fruits be washed in salt water?
If you fill a bowl with room temperature water and put five large spoons of salt (or vinegar) in it, and soak fruits or vegetables in them for 30-60 minutes, it helps remove pesticides, dirt and insects.
Additional ways to remove pesticides and bacteria:
Vegetables and fruits can be washed and sprayed. Pour a tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of baking soda and a cup of water into the spray bottle. Shake and sprinkle on the vegetables and let it work for 10 minutes. Rinse under running water.
Blanching and peeling vegetables destroys chemicals
Soaking vegetables in hot water should remove unwanted ingredients. Peeling is another way to get rid of pesticides, especially if it is a vegetable that has a thicker rind or wrinkles like potatoes, cucumbers or carrots.
Be sure to wash vegetables and fruits in cold water
Nearly 80 percent of pesticide residues on vegetables can be removed by rinsing under a stream of cold water, experts say, and washing in salt water will remove much of the pesticides commonly found on fruits and vegetables.
The same board for raw and cooked? NOT!
Raw foods can contain dangerous microorganisms that can be transmitted to other foods during preparation. This is especially true of meat and fish. So do not use the same board for the preparation of raw meat and salad that you will not heat-treat.