Love peaches in the summertime? Get them organically grown. Did you know that organically grown fruits and vegetables have higher nutrient content than their conventionally grown counterparts? Organically grown produce are grown without chemical pesticides, artificial fertilizers, biotechnology or irradiation. They are both higher in nutritional value as well as their growing practices being more environmentally friendly. For organically grown meats, the animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones and were fed organic feed.
Not all fruits and vegetables are highly sprayed. Here is a list of the worst to the best conventionally grown vegetables and fruits in terms of their pesticide concentrations found on the food. The Environmental Working Group has determined that you can reduce your intake of pesticides by about 90% if you avoid consuming the to 12 worst contaminated fruits and vegetables. Here is the list of the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables (these are the ones you should eat organic).
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
Here are the 12 best, least contaminated fruits and vegetables:
- Sweet Corn (Frozen)
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
To see the whole list of 43 fruits and vegetables that were tested by the EWG, click here.
Pesticides can disrupt hormone function and balance and have been linked to cancers, headaches and birth defects, to name a few. According to the National Academy of Sciences, even low doses of pesticide exposure in children and pregnant women can be toxic to developing fetuses and developing brains of children. Redbook magazine published a great article on the rationale for organic foods that can be found in their September 2007 issue of Redbook.
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