Do we know if pesticides are absorbed after being sprayed on the surface of produce?
Do we need to be concerned if we wash the fruit or vegetables well before eating?
— Nicole Journault
Via the blog
All pesticides are not created equal. While some don’t make it past fruit skins and peels, others are absorbed into the flesh.
Similarly, some pesticides can be rinsed off with water (contrary to popular belief, rinsing under running water is more effective than soaking), and others are specifically created to be resistant to water (so as to not be washed off by rainfall.)
Remember, too, that many conventional fruits are treated with wax, which often times traps pesticides in the skin.
When it comes to the top offenders, I always try to buy organic. There is still a lot we don’t know about pesticides’ effects on human health.