best and worst fruits and vegetables for herbicide and pesticide residue

Do you know what you’re feeding your kids? Here’s a dozen reasons to go organic!

Here are the top 12 reasons to go organic:

1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Kale
4. Nectarines
5. Apples
6. Grapes
7. Peaches
8. Cherries
9. Pears
10. Tomatoes
11. Celery
12. Potatoes

These foods are some of the healthiest foods to eat. But, when they are not grown organically, they are some of the most pesticide contaminated.

The annual report of the Environmental Working Group found pesticide in nearly 70% of all non-organically grown food, even after the food was washed and peeled. Many of the pesticides they found, though still allowed in the U.S., have long been banned in the European Union.

Recent research has found that eating organic reduces your risk of cancer and that organic crops contain more antioxidants. It has also found that when kids eat organic food they have significantly less pesticides and herbicides in their urine. The American Academy of Pediatricians Council on Environmental Health recommends limiting children’s exposure to pesticide because it increases the risk of brain tumors, leukemia, neurodevelopmental defects and other adverse birth outcomes.

By the way, the cleanest non-organic fruits and vegetables were

1. Avocados
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Sweet Peas
5. Onions
6. Papayas
7. Eggplants
8. Asparagus
9. Kiwis
10. Cabbages
11. Cauliflower
12. Cantaloupes
13. Broccoli
14. Mushrooms
16. Honeydew

This study looked only at fruits and vegetables. But, remember that there is even more herbicides and pesticides in meat, since herbicides and pesticides concentrate up the food chain.


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