Monthly Archives: October 2013

Food Washing Machines

Did you know that your food’s are washed?
Sounds great doesn’t it?

The music on this video makes you feel good about the fact that it’s washed.

What’s in that water?
They use “earth friendly” washes but these washes will be absorbed by the food if its surface is porous. Washing before cutting foods like zucchini won’t absorb the solution, but wash after cutting and it’s unsafe for anyone that can’t have these in their food.

Ingredients:

  • Water, Alcohol Denat. (corn-derived solvent), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (plant-based surfactant), Potassium Sorbate (plant-based food grade preservative), Citric Acid (plant-based pH adjuster).

The reality is, food shouldn’t be washed from the inside – the washing should occur before cutting and then remain clean through the entire process. Of course having someone else cut your food can leave you wondering if their hands were clean and knowing it’s been washed is comforting.

I haven’t been able to use any pre-cut food except for canned vegetables because of my Lemon allergy, this shows why it’s important to process your own, if you don’t want these ingredients in your food.

*Unfortunately, most of your normal options for food, or more affordable options use a more affordable vegetable wash formula. We’re not privy to the ingredients used, because it’s a proprietary product (secret formula) and they are protected from disclosing all ingredients from the public. This pdf file covers the more commonly used product information sheet for your review.
http://www.eqagsolutions.com/pdf/F&V%20wash%20pack%20small.pdf.

Chlorine on the surface of an apple before being sliced is completely different than an apple that’s been sliced and then bathed and soaked inside of a Chlorine bath. It doesn’t take much thought to realize the chemicals are not washed away and we’re ingesting them. Simply buying our own and cutting them ourselves saves this poisoning but you can also make a healthy version of your own vegetable wash by using the simple ingredients shown below.

Ingredients:
1 cup water
Think about the water you use for this – if you don’t drink the water for some reason or another, consider using the water you drink instead of tap unless it’s a spray version and you don’t intend to soak vegetables with it.
1 cup distilled white vinegar
Use apple cider vinegar as an alternative but if you soak your vegetables after being cut they will change in flavor.
1 tbsp baking soda
Baking soda pulls and extracts bacteria and creates a foaming action – in some brands of washes hydrogen peroxide has been used. Hydrogen peroxide is great for many things but we’re not suppose to ingest it in high doses.
1/2 of a lemon
Substitute LEMON with LIME or Orange as the citric acid found naturally in these cuts or strips the surface of the item being washed and allows you to wash it away.  The reason lemon has been used the most has to do with the fructose (natural sugars) found in lemon is lower than lime and orange. Sticky is better than toxic so if you only have orange to choose from – use it. 

You’ll feel good knowing you’re family is not ingesting pesticides, waxes and other things that we’d rather not think about and it’s easy to make. I keep mine in the fridge in a spray bottle for fast cleansing or simply squeeze that lime (allergic to lemon) into a bowl and add other ingredients above inside a large  Glass bowl and swish my veggies well. Afterwards, I submerge into a bowl of water and until the water runs clear, I repeat. You’ll be shocked at what come out of the veggies!

Science Experiment

If you want to see just how much food is lost by cleansing after cutting – shred a carrot, drop it into a glass of water and stir. You’ll see the water turn orange in seconds and completely consumes the clear water. You’ll know these washers and cleaning agents are depleting the nutrients and leaving our foods with little food content. You’ll also see why if you have carrot allergy  – you cannot eat any foods that have been touched by a carrot or any fruit juices that state vegetable flavoring is used.

HINT: Rub the Limes and Lemons over your cutting boards, toss into drain and run disposal for a clean smelling sink.


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