Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Truth about Pesticides in Your Fruits & Vegetables

According to the EWG's 2011 Shoppers guide, 98 percent of conventional apples had pesticides, celery tested positive for 57 different pesticides and strawberries was contaminated with as many as 13 different pesticides. This is just a small list of the top 12 (Dirty Dozens) of conventional fruits and vegetables that were highly contaminated with pesticides.

Why are pesticides sprayed on produce?
A pesticide is any substance or a mixture of substances intended to destroy or mitigating pest. If you think about the purpose of a pesticide, does it make you wonder how much damage it can cause on the inside of our body?

How harmful are pesticides?
According to the United States Environmental protection agency, pesticides can cause the following health problems:
  • Birth defects
  • Nerve damage
  • Cancer
  • May harm a developing child by blocking the absorption of important food nutrients necessary for normal healthy growth
I recommend that you check out the EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide, 12 Dozen and Clean 15 list. See entire list 

Now that you know the truth about pesticides, do you plan to change how you shop for fruits and vegetables? Will you buy Organic? Will you buy the clean 15 convential produce?

To your health & wellness,
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1 comment:

  1. It's good to know the truth about pesticides in fruits and vegetables. Thanks for sharing.

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