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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-39

An analytical study of washing pesticides on cauliflower using traditional methods

Parul Institute of Ayurveda, Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

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Ambika Dhiman
PhD Scholar, Parul Institute Of Ayurveda , Parul University, Vadodara, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_324_20

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Introduction: Health is the main concern for all and it is taking on serious note now a days. The potential deleterious effects of environmental chemical exposure caused serious and high concern threat to the life which indeed has gained considerable interest for research works. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis L.) is one such vegetable where the maximum spraying of pesticides is in practice. There are undeniable evidences regarding the hazardous effects of the sprayed pesticides. Ayurveda has explained the purification measures for all kinds of articles which are poisoned or mixed with chemical. Objective: The present study was carried out to analyze the effect of washing processing on the reduction of pesticide residues in cauliflower through the gas chromatography–mass spectrophotometry (GC-MS). Residual level of pesticides in cauliflower after washing with tap water and medicated water was analyzed. Methods: Each cauliflower was divided into three samples and different washings were compared with the control sample. Results: The results of the present study showed that using medicated water, we can be able to have less contaminated cauliflower vegetable. It was concluded from this study that traditional processing methods play a significant role in the reduction of pesticides such as prefenofos and indoxicarb which are really harmful when taken fortunately and frequently with food. Conclusion: Medicated water sample was appreciated to been efficient method of washing is evidenced by the GC-MS. Hence, an attempt was made at such level to create the awareness about the same and follow traditional methods for washing vegetables.

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