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Think before you bite

March 21, 2009

Eat Cleaner The all Natural Fruit,Vegetable,Seafood and Poultry wash and spray

What happens to our food supply between the field and the fork? Most food has not only traveled thousands of miles, it’s been touched by dozens of hands and doused with who-knows-what, leaving the cleanliness of our meals questionable.
Why use EAT CLEANER™? Because rinsing with water alone is not enough to ensure your produce is as safe for your family’s food supply as it should be. Pesticides, waxes, organic residues and surface contaminants can wreak havoc on your health. Here’s the facts in a nutshell:
SOILS AND DIRT RESIDUE – According to the CDC, fresh manure used to fertilize vegetables can also contaminate them, as is practiced with organically grown foods. Animal feces are the source of many of today’s life-threatening foodborne illnesses, particularly E.coli. Because organic standards support the recycling of animal feces as a method of improving soil fertility in croplands, fecal residue on organically grown produce requires attention. EAT CLEANER™? thoroughly removes the soils and dirt residues that can carry these harmful pathogens. Even fruit with peels should be thoroughly cleaned, since those same fingers that touched the skin will be co-mingling with the inner flesh. Imagine getting your own crevices squeaky clean without a nice sudsy shower.
SURFACE CONTAMINANTS: Before your produce gets into your own two hands, it’s traveled an average of 1,500 miles and touched about 20 other people’s grimy mitts. If you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, but always peel them first, you may be missing out on a source of fibre and other nutrients. Not only are most fruit and vegetable peels good for you, their bright colours add pizzazz to your meal. Playing it safe and washing thoroughly helps remove any unwanted residue. Even triple-washed bagged salad can be a pathogen playground, so giving them a good spray, soak and spin with the EAT CLEANER™? ‘3-S’ System is the clean way to go.
PESTICIDES: Data from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) show 90 percent or more of conventionally produced apples, peaches, pears and strawberries have pesticide residues. Substances such as Azinphos methyl, a dangerous neurotoxin banned in Europe , commonly found on apples. There is growing scientific consensus that even very small doses of pesticides can adversely affect people, especially during the vulnerable periods of in utero and early childhood development when organ systems are maturing most quickly, when toxic defenses are least established, and when early programming of risks for chronic disease later in life takes place. Exposure to pesticides is linked to chronic diseases including Parkinson’s Disease, child and adult cancers and neurodevelopmental. The bottom line is many pesticides are water-resistant to help withstand the elements, so rinsing them under water just won’t get the job done.
WAXES: Edible wax is applied to trap moisture and keep produce fresh longer, but dirt and pesticide residues can get trapped underneath. Studies have found that American consumers are exposed to toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants as many as 70 times a day. POP exposure has been associated with immune system suppression, nervous and hormonal system disorders, reproductive system damage, and various cancers, including breast cancer. I don’t know about you but I’d rather pass on the paraffin. Snacking on candle wax is overrated.
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