If you’ve been trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet but find washing them to be a chore, Vege Aqua is a new product that might make it feel like less cumbersome. Unlike other produce washes that contain a long list of ingredients like oleic acid, glycerol, ethyl alcohol or potassium hydrate, Vege Aqua is 99.7% water and 0.3% anion (negatively charged ions). In addition to making it easier to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, we were also interested in how Vege Aqua requires much less water to be used to get your food clean. We recently tried out this handy spray for ourselves – read on to see what we thought.
One of the most frustrating things about washing fruits and veggies is that it usually requires a lot of water, and you can’t really tell when your food is actually clean. We’re not scientists so we can’t speak to whether or not there was less bacteria on our produce after using Vege Aqua (for the results of the scientific studies, click here), but we did notice that they looked a lot cleaner and it got rid of that pesky waxy residue that often coats fruits like apples. We also liked that Vege Aqua was really easy to use: we just sprayed it on our produce, waited a minute and then rinsed it quickly under running water. Since Vege Aqua did most of the work, there was no need to use a lot of water. We also liked that Vege Aqua doesn’t get sudsy like other produce washes do, since there’s something that feels strange about soaping up stuff that you’re going to be ingesting.
In scientific tests, Vege Aqua was found to reduce the presence of salmonella, vibrio and agrochemicals by up to 90% and was about 9x more effective than water at removing harmful bacteria. Instead of using chemicals like some other washes do, Vege Aqua uses electrons to detach harmful bacteria from a food’s surface and eat through a harmful microbe’s membrane. The product was also deemed safe by the Food Analysis Center in Japan, the Seoul National University Microbe Laboratory and Shuter.
Lastly, we liked that Vege Aqua’s packaging is completely recyclable and you could even reuse the bottle for another purpose like spraying dressing onto your salad as long as you wash out the inside thoroughly.
The only thing that we didn’t like about Vege Aqua is that it’s currently shipped from Korea and since it’s a liquid, it’s definitely not light. Since it’s mostly water, it might be possible for the product to be bottled closer to the point of sale to drastically reduce the fuel and energy associated with shipping it.
One other point of improvement might be if Vege Aqua also added e.coli, staphylococcus aureus and other common causes of foodborne illness to the list of bacteria it gets rid of.
THE FINAL VERDICT:
We liked how effortless it was to use Vege Aqua and saw a difference in how clean our food looked and tasted. The fact that it allowed us to cut our water usage was a plus and it’s never a bad thing to make eating fruits and veggies easier!