Wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly! Pesticides are proven to cause certain types of cancer and ADHD.
How do you avoid these scary statistics?Buy organic when possible. I know Organic is more pricey than commercially farmed fruits and vegetables, but buying these Organic foods WILL increase your quality of life.
We justify buying a new car or even a new shirt... yet we avoid a head of organic lettuce because it is $.50 or $1.00 more than the chemical covered brand....?!When you purchase food, you are essentially placing a vote. The food industry is the largest industry in the United States and the industry listens to Y-O-U!
Remember supply and demand? That method is still in effect. SO-when you buy more natural and organic items, your local food market understands that through inventory and responds by buying more of those items. IN TURN, the healthy companies need to produce more of the nutritious food and they get paid to do so. So, the more people that purchase great, healthy, all-natural, nutritious foods, the more the supply goes up and the less these items will cost. I repeat....YOU are placing a vote every time you buy food. Are you voting for a future of affordable healthy foods and a great life or do you vote for a future full of chronic illness and expensive hospital bills? YOU DECIDE.
NOT ALL FRUITS AND VEGGIES NEED TO BE PURCHASED ORGANICALLY.
PESTICIDES ARE LARGELY ON THE OUTSIDE OF FOODS. Therefore, foods with an outer peel aren't always necessary to purchase organically (ie. bananas, oranges, mangoes). Below is a list of foods with varying pesticide levels. What to eat... What to steer clear of...
Fruit & Vegetable
BEST TO WORST PESTICIDE levels
(*purchase the last items CERTIFIED ORGANIC for better health*)
|Rank||Fruit or Veggie|
|3||Sweet Corn (Frozen)|
|5||Mango (Subtropical and Tropical)|
|6||Sweet Peas (Frozen)|
|8||Kiwi Fruit (Subtropical and Tropical)|
|29||Green Beans (Imported)|
|34||Green Beans (Domestic)|
|41||Kale / Collard Greens|
|43||Sweet Bell Peppers|
(Stats provided by http://www.foodnews.org/ )
*****(not so) FUN FACT***** "Celery ranks worst when it comes to pesticide contamination. 95% of celery tested contained pesticides, and 85% contained multiple pesticides. A single celery had 13 different chemicals on it, while 67 different pesticides were used on the entire group of celery."