These days, staying healthy isn’t easy – even when you’re trying to do everything right.
You stay active. You choose your foods wisely, making sure to include lots of nutritious fruits and veggies in your diet.
But unless you’re buying organics, you’re not in the clear.
Because our favourite fruits and veggies are being doused with powerful chemicals – and even the best washing and peeling can’t fully clean them.
That’s why every year, the US Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues a report of the 12 most pesticide-laden foods — so you know what to stay away from when you make your next supermarket run.
And the top offender on this year’s appropriately-named “Dirty Dozen” list may shock you: the beloved strawberry.
When the EWG analysed results from tests based on more than 35,000 samples of fruit and vegetables, they found that almost all non-organic strawberries – 98 per cent of them – had some detectable amounts of pesticide residue.
And almost HALF of them had residue from more than 10 different types of pesticides, with some strawberries clocking in with residue of as many as 17 different types.
And those are just the pesticides that could be detected by the tests.
The Environmental Protection Aganecy says that you can safely eat foods with these high levels of contaminants, but we know better. Even small doses of toxins can be harmful… especially to little ones whose immune and digestive systems aren’t as developed as ours.
Exposure to pesticides have been linked to dementia, cancer, developmental issues, reproductive problems… the list goes on.
Sure, you can just stop eating strawberries…but what about the rest of the fruits and veggies on the list that are also contaminated? As plentiful sources of iron, magnesium, vitamin C, and other miracle nutrients, they’re all too GOOD for you – if they’re clean – to skip out on altogether.
A daily dose of fruit can even slash your heart disease risk!
You could lean toward the fruits and vegetables that were highlighted on the EWG’s “Clean Fifteen” list – which range from avocados to mangoes to cauliflower – but they’re not exactly “clean,” either.
To rank on that list, they just had to test positive for no more than four different types of pesticides. Many of them showed residue from at least one type of pesticide.
All in all, traces of 146 different pesticides were found in the thousands of samples that were examined.
In the end, the best way to keep enjoying your favourite fruits and veggies is to buy ones that have been certified organic. Pesticide use is forbidden on any organically-grown foods.
And not only are organics safer, but they’ve also been shown to be healthier than their non-organic counterparts.
This is a case of “you get what you pay for,” so go ahead and splurge…for the sake of your health and those you love.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
New Fruit Tops Dirty Dozen List of Most Contaminated Produce, cbsnews.com/news/new-fruit-tops-dirty-dozen-list-of-most-contaminated-produce/
EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php