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Today, more and more people are trading heavily processed food for healthier, whole foods, and there’s no better health food than the goodies Mother Nature provides. That’s why it’s no wonder people are adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to their diets – and that’s a good thing.

What’s not necessarily a good thing are the chemicals that stick to your fruits and veggies, eventually sticking to you, too.

In April, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its pesticide report listing fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides based on pesticide residue data from the FDA.

EWG 2016 Report Findings

• More than 98 percent of strawberry samples, peaches, nectarines and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue
• The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce
• A single grape sample and sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides
• Single samples of strawberries showed 17 different pesticides

For a full list of findings, read the EWG report here.

It’s a hard fact to swallow, but many fruits and vegetables are covered with chemicals. And while the FDA and other agencies claim these chemicals are safe as long as you wash your produce with water, washing only with water doesn’t completely remove these potentially harmful chemicals from your food.

Buying organic? You’re still not out of the woods. While USDA certified organic produce doesn’t use synthetic materials, they should still be washed. Think about it – from farm to store/farmer’s market to table – how many people have laid hands on your fruits and veggies?

Better safe than sorry, and since water alone doesn’t necessarily remove all the yuck stuck to your produce, what to do?

Don’t toss the tomatoes just yet – an all-natural fruit and vegetable wash allows you to continue your healthy eating habits, safely and effectively removing soil, dirt, waxes and other contaminates without leaving an aftertaste.

At Pure & Gentle, we promote a healthy lifestyle – inside and out. That’s why we created our all-natural Fruit & Vegetable Wash Concentrate. It’s easy to use, contains natural ingredients and leaves no aftertaste. And because it’s manufactured in concentrate, it reduces packaging waste more than 90% using plant-based ingredients – a win-win for you and our environment.

At Pure & Natural, we care about your health – inside and out. Check out our Fruit & Vegetable Wash Concentrate, along with our other exclusive, all-natural, green products at our Pure & Gentle online store.

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