Buying Organic Fruits to Reduce Pesticide Consumption
The definition of “organic” has been degraded. Some “organic beef” can be just as bad as the estrogen-drenched, grain-fed meat going for 99 cents a pound. With produce it can be just as tricky. Some are downright poisonous. Others aren’t as bad.
The food industry puts pesticides and poisons in your food and they stay there until you eat them. The guidelines set by the FDA allow this practice. During one science food based test, there were 30 different pesticides on strawberries that were for sale as ready for consumption. Another test revealed 10 different pesticides on a single sample of spinach.
Some of the pesticides interfere with nutrients in your food. Many have effects that we know very little about. The ones that have become most concerning about are the ones that modify your hormone levels.
During the studies a lot of fruit was tested. It seems these fruits had the largest number of pesticides found on them and we believe you should definitely buy these fruits only if they are Organic.
Raspberries, Strawberries, Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes
Others such as Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kiwi, Mangos, Onions, Papaya, and Pineapple are not as high in the number of pesticides found. These would be okay to buy at your local grocery.
Washing your fruits and vegetables to get rid of the dirt, bugs, wax and. pesticides may help, but many of these pesticides are designed to bind to the surface of the fruit and won’t wash off with water alone. So even if you rinse with water, you’re still getting chemical contamination. To protect you and your family, take these additional steps:
>> Peel your fruits and vegetables and remove outer leaves on cabbage, lettuce, garlic and onions.
>> For the produce you don’t peel, soak them in a mixture of vinegar and water (equal parts). After 10 or 15 minutes, rinse them with cold water.
>> Alternatively, soak your produce in a weak mixture of dishwashing liquid. Then rinse well with cold water.
>> If you don’t have time to soak, you can fill a spray bottle with one cup of water, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Spray on, let sit and rinse with cold water.
>> Avoid commercial produce that’s bruised. They’re more likely to have concentrations of pesticides deep within the fruit.Cancer Prevention, Fruit Focus, General, Organic, Organic Foods, Pesticides in Food, Prevention
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