We do not advise you to throw away food products if Greentest shows a red result, we only claim that if you consume all vegetables with a high nitrate concentration for long periods then it will raise the risk of particular diseases, thus consumers are recommended to calculate their daily intake compared to their <insert the full term for ADI> (ADI).
A red color result should help you to determine where to buy your food products and whether it is the right time/season to buy these products.
Mainly fruits do not pose a significant threat due to relatively low nitrate content. As for vegetables there is usually no need to throw away high nitrate concentrated vegetables as some cooking and preparation procedures can lower nitrates by 15‐60%. To reduce the risk of high nitrate concentrated vegetables we recommend that you:
- Store leafy vegetables in a refrigerator if they are not cooked immediately;
- Cook vegetables soon after chopping or mashing;
- Wash and peel vegetables before cooking;
- Blanch high‐nitrate vegetables in boiling water for one to three minutes and discard the cooking water before consumption.
- Infant foods such as vegetable puree and vegetable congee should be prepared for immediate use.
- Store the fresh leafy vegetables in a refrigerator if they are not cooked immediately.