For healthy and active lifestyle, fruits and vegetables play an important part of our daily diet. Just after getting independence high yielding varieties and use of pesticides have no doubt increased the crop production but since then farmers have used spray pesticides and other kind of chemicals to kill bacteria, weeds, and other pests to increase crop productivity. Even though the majority of pesticides are banned, but mostly are still used in farms without knowing their hazardous effects. Plants absorb pesticides and some part lingers on their skin. The level of pesticides remains higher in unwashed fruits and vegetables. The traces of pesticides left in washed fruits and vegetables in known to damage our brain and disturb our hormones, also soil and water where fruits and vegetables are grown or conditions, where they are stored or transported after harvesting, can harbor harmful pathogens which are known to cause various infections. Washing and peeling can deactivate some pesticides and microorganisms but not all.
How to protect our family from harmful pesticides and infectious agents?
- Buy organic food from local farmers whenever possible
- Or buy ozone wash fruits and vegetables and
- Some even suggest that we should buy ozone generators for decontaminating almost all food items, many companies do manufactures those units, but before you jump to your fav shopping site and make the purchase, let's just understand what these devices are!
Now what exactly is ozone generator and how it works let's see
Based on ozone technology ozone generators are designed, ozone, as we all know, is a powerful oxidizing agent contains three atoms of oxygen is highly unstable and chemically reactive. Ozone generators under high voltage generate ozone gas which when comes in contact with the chemicals present on the surface of food may destroy bacteria, pesticides, and even wax. Ozone through oxidation-reduction reaction cause cellular damage and death of microorganisms and in the case of pesticides causing chemical structures to break up. Due to remarkable efficiency of ozone, in many parts of the world ozone generators are used to clean houses and sterilizing equipment and air in hospitals.
Ozone sterilizers for home are generally compact can be mounted on wall and are simple to use
Controversies in using ozone sterilizers
- If ozone gets leaked from machine it remains reactive for 15 minutes although in small amount
- Daily usage of the machine can result in ozone exposure can cause various health problems such as irritated throat damage to the lung and respiratory problems including asthma and allergies
- Ozone has the ability to destroy anything, from metals to biochemical's such as fats and proteins without any doubt it can destroy vital vitamins minerals, fats, and proteins present in food and can reduce nutrition value of food
- Exactly how safe ozone generators are we don't know as it needs extensive toxicological studies but definitely is very efficient for surface sterilization of fruits, vegetables, and poultry products
- Since it is not selective it can destroy and damage almost everything in its path i.e substance from biological origin to chemical origin
- The biggest concern about ozone generator is its effect on human health that everyone knows is related to the depletion of the ozone layer
Medical associations of many countries do not recommend common people to use ozone generators, only trained professional have permission to use it for sterilization purposes.
If you are planning to buy ozone generator than go through the guidelines provided for the domestic use of ozone sterilizers and use them outdoor to avoid any health complications due to ozone exposure. Such information, unfortunately, is not provided by machine manufacturers due to lack of detailed studies and evidence.