A study has found Baking Soda to be useful in removing pesticides from apples.
US researchers suggest that washing apples with baking soda which is a common household product, could help get rid of pesticide residues on the surface of the fruits, making them safer for consumption.
The use of pesticides can help increase crop yield, but concerns over their potential effects on human health have been raised over the years.
Researchers from University of Massachusetts, US wanted to find out which washing method can most effectively reduce pesticides. They applied two common pesticides – the fungicide thiabendazole, which past research has shown can penetrate apple peels, and the insecticide phosmet – to organic Gala apples.
They then washed these apples with three different liquids – tap water, a 1 % baking soda solution, anda commercial bleach solution often used on produce. The baking soda solution was the most effective at reducing pesticides.
After 12 and 15 minutes, 80 per cent of the thiabendazole was removed, and 96 per cent of the phosmet was removed, respectively.