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Unless you’re buying exclusively organic fruit and vegetables (and here’s why we should all be striving to), thoroughly washing the produce you buy is pretty important.
Swedish researchers recently proved that insecticides, fungicides and plant growth regulators can build up in the bodies of children and adults. Yet just a two week break from pesticide laden food sees the urinary levels of these chemicals fall to almost zero!
The scientists that carried out the study warned that we still don’t know what the long-term effects of ingesting pesticides are. They say it is particularly worrying as chemicals can cause more harm when combined in various ways than they do when taken on their own.
Here’s why we need to reduce the amount of pesticides in our food
3 Reasons To Wash Your Fruit & Veggies
For a Healthy Brain
According to a 2008 paper, published in the journal Frontiers in Bioscience, a number of pesticides are considered to be neurotoxins and can affect both mammals and humans.
One particular class of chemicals, called organophosphates, was actually developed into a toxic nerve agent during World War II.
Studies have suggested a strong association between pesticide exposure and the development of Parkinson’s Disease – a chronic and progressive movement disorder which affects around one million Americans.
To Reduce the Risk of Cancer
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, came to the conclusion that glyphosate is a ‘probable’ cancer-causing substance.
Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide worldwide and is a key ingredient in hundreds of crop-control agents and weed killers, including Bronco, KleenUp, Rodeo, Roundup and Weedoff.
Worryingly, this chemical is abundant in our environment.
In 2011, a report on the levels of glyphosate in the air and rain water of Iowa and Mississippi was published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The chemical was detected in between 60% and 100% of all air and rain samples tested.
In Europe, over 40% of Spanish groundwater samples tested positive for glyphosate.
What’s much worse is that German research found this chemical has made its way into the human body. Urine samples from people in 18 different countries across Europe showed that 44% of people have glyphosate in their systems.
This chemical has also been detected in human blood and even breast milk!
Glyphosate isn’t the only chemical linked to cancer. Based on animal studies, many pesticides are considered carcinogenic (including organochlorines, creosote, and sulfallate) while others (DDT, chlordane and lindane) are thought to be tumor promoters.
To Protect Children’s Health
As children’s systems and vital organs are still developing, they are more susceptible to toxins than adults.
In November 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned that early life exposure to pesticides is associated with pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems.
In Mexico, preschool children exposed to pesticides were found to have less stamina, worse gross and fine eye-hand coordination, worse 30-minute memory, and were less well able to draw a person than children living in other regions that weren’t exposed to the same level of toxins.
Other studies have linked parental exposure to pesticides with the occurrence of brain cancer in children.
How to Wash Pesticides Off Fruit and Vegetables
Cold Water Rinse & Scrub
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) say that 75% to 80% of pesticide reduces are removed by cold water washing.
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.
Make sure to do a thorough job and really get into all the crevices on the fruit and vegetables where pesticides can often linger.
Studies at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station discovered that water temperature or cleaning products were not the key to removing pesticide residue – friction was! Always rub the produce back and forth with your hands or with a scrubbing brush for at least 30 seconds.
Salt Water Solution
Using a salt solution to wash your produce may remove even further residues than water alone. Mix two teaspoons of salt into four cups of warm water and stir to dissolve.
Once cooled, soak the produce for 30 to 60 minutes before rinsing and scrubbing under cold water.
This method isn’t ideal for fragile fruits like berries, which can be damaged by the soak and end up tasting of salt. For these, a simple cold water soak and rinse is best.
The vinegar soak is an alternative to salt water. If you don’t have vinegar, lemon juice will also do the trick.
Fill a large bowl with four parts water and one part vinegar. Soak your fruits and vegetables in this for 30 to 60 minutes before rinsing and scrubbing thoroughly with cold water. This process will also keep your food fresh for longer and avoid spoilage. It’s a win-win!
Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Spray
For those times you are in a hurry, this spray is the next best thing to a salt or vinegar soak.
In a glass spray bottle, mix one tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of white vinegar and one cup of water. Shake vigorously before generously spraying onto your produce.
Rub for 30 seconds by hand or with a vegetable brush and rinse thoroughly in cold water.
Peel 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!
The CSE say that both systemic and contact pesticides on the surface of the fruits and vegetables can be removed by peeling.
You should also cut the tops and outer sections of lettuce, cabbage, celery and other leafy vegetables to remove residues and bacteria that may have settled there.
Avoid Dish Soap or Bleach
It’s best to steer clear of conventional dish soap or bleach when cleaning your produce, says the National Pesticide Information Center.
Due to the pores on the fruits and vegetables, dish soap or bleach can get trapped or absorbed by the pores and become difficult to rinse off. Using these products may actually add residues to your food!
While these natural cleaning tips will certainly help to reduce the amount of pesticides you ingest, no washing method is 100% effective for removing all pesticide residues.
The only way to ensure you aren’t being exposed to hazardous chemicals is to buy organic – which can even be done on a budget – or grow your own.
The EatnGo 100: N100 can get you a box of pizza, a cup of Cold Stone ice cream or a swirl of pinkberry frozen yoghurt!
#EATNGO100 – the promo you can’t resist! Who would have thought that your 100 naira could get you the delicious treats that you absolute love!
In celebration of the launch of Eat’N’Go’s 100th store, the master franchisee for the three world-class food brands in Nigeria – Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Gourmet Frozen Yoghurt, has unveiled this unbeatable promo that will have you feeling 100% all the way!
From now till the 13th of June 2019, the QSR brand will be offering its delicious snacks at 100 Naira each to the first 100 customers to enter their stores nationwide.
Imagine all the hot, cheesy, delicious pizzas; the creamy, delectable ice creams, or the light and refreshing, tasty frozen yoghurt treats you can enjoy for just 100 Naira each! Sounds unbelievable right?
All you have to do is be one of the first 100 people to walk into any of the Domino’s Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery and Pinkberry Yoghurt stores nationwide, with only N100 and leave with 100% delight with your yummy treat!
With the launch of its 100th store, Eat’N’Go is running this promo to give back to all its amazing customers for the spectacular journey thus far!
Who else is ready to join the queue in front of your nearest outlet and be one of the first 100 people to be at the stores???
See you there! Meanwhile, you can stay ahead of all Eat’N’Go’s offers and freebies across their social media pages – @Coldstonecreamery_Nigeria, @PinkberryNigeria and @Dominosng!
Terms and conditions apply. Offer is limited to just an item per person.
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Jamie Oliver restaurant to leave 1.300 jobs at risk.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said he is “saddened” after his restaurant group went into administration, putting up to 1,300 jobs at risk.
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The group, which includes the Jamie’s Italian chain, Barbecoa and Fifteen, has appointed KPMG as administrators.
In total, 25 restaurants are affected by the move, 23 of which are from the Jamie’s Italian chain.
Mr Oliver said: “I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.”
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall at Watergate Bay, which operates under a franchise, is unaffected, as are overseas branches of Jamie’s Italian.
Mr Oliver added: “I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported us over the last decade, it’s been a real pleasure serving you.
We launched Jamie’s Italian in 2008 with the intention of positively disrupting mid-market dining in the UK High Street, with great value and much higher quality ingredients, best-in-class animal welfare standards and an amazing team who shared my passion for great food and service. And we did exactly that.
Restaurant closures had not been officially announced on Tuesday afternoon, but notices in the windows of some branches said they had already closed.
The Unite union said the development was a “devastating blow for the chain’s hardworking and loyal workforce”.
“Restaurants are not being helped by the current economic uncertainty, although those businesses like Jamie Oliver’s that dashed for expansion in recent years seem particularly precarious. As ever, it is the workers at the restaurant and in the supply chain who bear the heavy cost of boardroom decisions.”
The union also asked for assurances assurances that staff will be “protected and paid all the money they’re owed, including wages, holiday and redundancy”.
“Faced with higher rent, rising food prices and increased competition, restaurants need a point of difference – it’s no coincidence that smaller brands with the freedom and flexibility to keep things fresh are currently the ones performing well.”
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