How to remove nitrates from vegetables

How to remove nitrates from vegetables

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March 27, 2017, 12:48 p.m

It is almost impos­si­ble to resist ear­ly veg­eta­bles — radish­es, cucum­bers, toma­toes just ask for your mouth. How­ev­er, now these, in fact, vit­a­min prod­ucts pose a health haz­ard, because they are stuffed to the eye­balls with nitrates. Are there ways to reduce the amount of harm­ful sub­stances in veg­eta­bles? Of course! And today “Lisa” will tell you how to do it.


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  • Choose small fruits. In veg­eta­bles of large size, nitrates are usu­al­ly high­er.
  • Wash veg­eta­bles thor­ough­ly before use and cut off parts where chem­i­cals accu­mu­late (peti­oles, stalks, tips, upper leaves). Do not for­get to remove the green places — they have a lot of poi­so­nous sola­nine.
  • To reduce nitrates even more, soak veg­eta­bles in cold water for 15–20 min­utes. Before this pro­ce­dure, cab­bage and root crops must be cut into pieces.
  • Boil the veg­eta­bles in water, imme­di­ate­ly drain the liq­uid, and then salt the dish. So you will reduce the lev­el of chem­i­cals by 80%. Any heat treat­ment helps to get rid of nitrates.
  • If you’re mak­ing a sal­ad with fresh toma­toes and cucum­bers, sprin­kle them with pome­gran­ate juice, lemon juice, or a cit­ric acid solu­tion. To com­plete­ly pro­tect your body, take ascor­bic acid before eat­ing sal­ad.
  • In no case do not store fresh veg­eta­bles and sal­ads from them in the refrig­er­a­tor for more than 24 hours. Dur­ing this time, nitrates can turn into dan­ger­ous car­cino­gens nitrites.

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