Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


In a recent development, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC Labs)  has purchased an all new latest model of LCMS-MS manufactured by Waters which has enabled FRAC to perform a variety of new tests in-house and provide highly accurate results in a shorter Turn Around Time (TAT).

One such development has been the development of the testing methods of Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and vegetables.

Read Also: Benefits of consuming juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables

The technical team at FRAC floated this great news all around, after working hard on new developments and testing facilities :

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Dear All,

Request you to be informed, that analytical method for the quantitative determination of 42 pesticides (in samples of “Fresh Fruits & Vegetables”) by LC-MSMS has been developed by Instrument lab.

The list of parameters that have been developed are as follows:

List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
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How can you benefit from Juices?

There are plenty of benefits of raw fruits and vegetables.


Before we even begin telling you what we have in store for you about juices, let us first make the definition of juice clear.
Juice is a liquid that is naturally contained in fruit and vegetables, as per USFDA. So here we do not mean the processed and packaged factory manufactured juices that have plenty of added sugar and preservatives added to them. We are talking strictly about the old-school method of juice extraction from fruits and vegetables.

Talking of school, Indian schools have been directed to sell NO JUNK FOOD by FSSAI. Read More about what why how’s!

And a WARNING!! The list of juices might not include juices best fit for sweet toothed people!

  1. Apple Juice: Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber. It aids in appetite control and improves digestion. Pectin reduces cholesterol and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels.
    Apples are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, biotin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. They have a very high mineral content, which is beneficial for the health of your skin, hair and fingernails. Apple skin is a source of quercetin, an antioxidant that keeps the heart and lungs healthy. Apples also contain a huge number of protective compounds – flavonoids, which are absorbed by the body and help make lung tissue healthier and more resistant to disease. So the old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ still holds true to this day. It helps reduce the risk of lung cancer while helping to boost resistance to respiratory illnesses.
  2. Beet Juice: Beet greens contain an abundance of chlorophyll, vitamin A and C. It also has a high mineral content, being especially rich in calcium and potassium. Beets contain fiber, vitamins C and K. Also rich in folate, which we all know as folic acid, a natural substance which aids in preventing certain birth defects and heart disease.
    The betaine in beet juice stimulates the function of the liver cells and protects the liver and bile ducts. Beets are an excellent way to detoxify and renew the blood with minerals and natural sugars. It helps reconstitute the blood, bringing important sustenance to the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. For all the women out there, did you know that beet juice helps alleviate menstrual disturbances and menopausal symptoms? There is more. It’s a powerful kidney and blood cleanser. So stop worrying about its sugar content, it’s natural sugars.
  3. Broccoli: Broccoli is a potent anti-oxidant which has been proven to protect against cancer. It is loaded with Vitamin C, more so than oranges, that we should all be consuming as much as possible – especially to prevent cancer. A chemical called Sulforaphane is in broccoli, it has been shown to kill peptic ulcers and gastritis.
    A scientific fact for you to ponder on as you drink one of our broccoli raw juice combinations: Broccoli resonates energetically at 300MHz!! Compare this to our bodies that start to become diseased if its cells are resonating below 50MHz and a cancer cell resonates between 0 and 30MHz.

    Fact for you! There are good bacterias fighting bad bacterias in your gut so that you can lose weight! Help Them Win!!

  4. Cabbage: Red or Green, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable along with cauliflower, kale, cress, bok choy, broccoli and a few other green leaf vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have long been praised for being healthy and important additions to one’s diet. Sources recommend a minimum of 3-4 servings of cruciferous vegetables a week. WebMD names these veggies: “The Super-Veggies” because of all of the nutrient goodness locked inside:
    “…they all contain phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals, and fiber that are important to your health (although some have more than others)…One of the big reasons to eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables is that they may help to lower your risk of getting cancer.” (WebMD)
    Red Cabbage known as purple cabbage, is darker in color than it’s green counterpart, because it has a higher “concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols, which contribute to red cabbage containing significantly more protective phytonutrients than green cabbage.” Anthocyanin Polyphenols are pigment compounds found in many plants that lend them their characteristic colors and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and potentially protective properties.

    Did you know Amla / Indian Gooseberry is translated as Nectar of Life in Sanskrit

  5. Carrots: The three most important elements of carrots are beta-corotene, vitamin A and phytochemicals. There is powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging. With that said they also improve muscle, soft tissue and skin health. While reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, while boosting immunity and protecting the skin against sun damage.
    Studies have shown carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. because of falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties. The high levels beta-carotene also act as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism. It helps slow down the aging of cells. Beta Carotene is also converted into vitamin A in the liver, which helps our retina. Carrots are good for the eyes. Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. This vitamin helps prevent premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, uneven skin tone. Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fiber in carrot juice helps clean out the colon and waste movement. Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein. The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots binding with bile acids.

For the more comprehensive list go to: Raw Juice Guru

Eat to Live… Longer!


Eat to live? Or live to eat? Whichever category you might belong to, this interesting research compilation is something worth a read!

Eight Foods That Improve Life Expectancy (source)

  1. Fruits and Vegetables: Haven’t our mamas always asked us to finish our vegetables, and have salads? Well, that is because they want us to live longer! Fruits and vegetables are low in calorie content, and have more fiber and nutritional value. Balanced and regular intake of these, help maintain body weight, and also protect from cardio-vascular ailments.
  2. Low Salt Intake: Salt has always been known not just in culinary sense, but also a common culprit for blood pressure and related problems. It is a known fact that less salt in the diet means lower blood pressure. And a new study reveals that keeping blood pressure down may also protect brain cells and decrease the risk of age-related memory loss and even dementia.
  3. Blueberries: Antioxidants, as we all know, keep us healthy. They fight against oxidation of elements in our body.  Researchers at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, have found out that blueberries top the list in terms of their antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruit and vegetables.
  4. Tomatoes: Scientifically speaking, tomato comes under the fruit category. They are low in fat, high in fiber and a low-calorie source of many vitamins and they’re packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that gives them their red color and may also have a role to play in lowering the risk of cancer.
  5. Calcium Rich Foods: Bone loss and osteoporosis are among the leading reasons for disability in later life. Once a person becomes disabled, their health often reduces in many other ways. Although some bone loss with age is certain to happen, the process can be slowed down by eating foods high in calcium and vitamin D which can also prevent disabling fractures.
  6. Coffee: A growing number of studies recommend that coffee has many unexpected health benefits. In addition to potentially lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, drinking coffee may reduce the risk of age-related mental reduction. According to the latest evidence that comes from a Finish study of 1,409 volunteers published in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease in 2009, it found that people who drank coffee consistently during their middle-aged years had improved life expectancy ratio over time.
  7. Soya: Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. And Soya is stuffed with quality protein and it is the only plant food that contains all the essential amino acids (protein building blocks) needed for good health, making it similar to meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. This also makes it a particularly important food for vegetarians and vegans.
  8. Grains: Whole grain includes foods such as grain cereals, wholemeal bread, brown rice and wholewheat pasta. As the name suggests, whole grains contain the ‘whole’ grain, including the nutrient-rich germ, the energy-providing endosperm and the fibre-rich bran layer.

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