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  • Scientists have found baking soda to be a surprisingly simple and affordable solution for getting rid of as much as 96 percent of the toxic pesticides that contaminate most fruits and vegetables
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires apple producers to soak their produce in bleach water for two minutes, but that’s only designed to remove bacteria and dirt, not get rid of pesticides
  • Prenatal exposure to toxic chemicals commonly used in agriculture have been shown to cause low birth weight in infants and neurodevelopmental problems
  • To ensure you’re doing everything possible to decrease the pesticides you ingest when you eat produce, scrub them with baking soda and water appropriately beforehand

By Dr. Mercola

Once upon a time, polishing an apple on your jeans was all it took to clean off dirt or dust before taking your first juicy bite. Nowadays, however, there are a few other things besides dirt to consider when getting your produce ready to eat. Pesticide residue is a common term today, unfortunately, and one that must be taken into consideration, whether you're eating pears from an orchard, spinach from the grocery store or peppers from your local farmers market.

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