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Insecticides in foods? No problem. Activated Charcoal gets them out.

Hi guys. I am finally back from my long hiatus. Without wasting time, I would jump straight to what I want us to talk about today. I am sure you have heard rumours of our beans from northern Nigeria being sprayed with insecticides in a bid to prevent weevils from infesting the bags before they get to the southern markets. At first I thought it was the mallams who pushed in carts around Lagos that sprayed with insecticides until I saw this posted by a friend on WhatsApp:

Source: WhatsApp Status

I was at work so I could not scream. I posted it on my WhatsApp status and people began to ask for ways to save themselves from dying slowly because long term exposure to small doses of chemical insecticides have been found to induce adverse health effects including cancer, effects on reproduction, immune or nervous systems.

Before I go further, I would love to let you in a bit about myself and what I do for those of us who are new here. I am a trained environmental health practitioner and also a trained environmental manager. One of the responsibilities I have is to help people with simple everyday solutions to save themselves from the effects of environmental pollution which can come to them through the air they breathe (indoor and outdoor), the food they eat, the water they drink, skincare products etc.

I am not a carrier of doom and gloom, there will always be a solution and my job is to fish it out for you *winks*

Activated Charcoal to the rescue.

I remember my mum telling me about how she used to use charcoal to brush her teeth as a child and trust me, it sounded absurd until I read from different sources about its ability to adsorb harmful chemicals and prevent our bodies from absorbing them. This is thanks to the pores created on the surface area of the charcoal when it is subjected to anaerobic burning. It can be made from hardwood or even coconut shells. In this same way, it binds to toxic chemical in pesticides and insecticides in few minutes of soaking/washing them before consumption.

For my beans, after picking, I add a teaspoon of activated charcoal into the bowl of water to be used (about 4-8 cups) for soaking – I soak my beans for between 24-48 hours before cooking to help reduce the effects of the anti-nutrients in beans. I leave the beans in the charcoal for about 30 minutes before changing the water. For other fruits, I just leave for about 3-5 minutes like this lady here.

Get a jar of Activated charcoal in your pantry

The binding properties makes its versatile and it has been used in bath soaps, deodorant pastes, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, and poison control. I have had a jar in my kitchen for a while now and I urge you to do same. Its might seem a bit pricey but looking at the value, its worth it and you would not exhaust it too soon. Based on the requests I got yesterday, I have ordered for a huge batch and its going to be dispensed in 100g, 200g, 500g and 1000g so I urge you to follow this blog by typing your email in and you will be notified when the batch arrives. It should be here in less than a week.

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Hey, I'm Ruky and I started this blog to share my views on sustainability and the contemporary issues around it. In recent times, environment and sustainability issues have been attracting the attention of businesses and government. In spite of this, there is still a lot of misconception and confusion around these issues. This is why I decided to create this tiny blog to share my journey into embracing sustainability and I am sure you would enjoy every bit of it.

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