One of the keys to having vibrant health is incorporating a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Experts recommend that you eat at least 6 to 8 servings to get the maximum benefit, but the question is how much pesticide residue are you consuming as well?
I ask that not because I wanted to scare you but to help you become a better informed shopper, to be savvy when it comes to produce selection because pesticides will always be a part of our food supply whether we like it or not.
It’s really no secret that pesticides can cause some serious damage to our body depending on the type of exposure we get, of course the more direct the exposure the more serious the damage and though a lot of experts have come out and said that pesticide levels on produce is way below threshold levels, I still want to know which ones have the most residue because we do have such a thing called Bioaccumulation where substances such as pesticides accumulates inside our bodies over a period of time.
Studies have shown time and time again that links pesticide exposure to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and worst of all cancer. So take a few minutes to go through the infographic below to better educate yourself to be a more informed shopper to buy only the best produce possible with the least amount of residue because as the saying goes “health is wealth” and if we lose that we lose everything.
The Environmental Working Group or the EWG has been helping consumers over the past decade by publishing an annual list that ranks the “dirtiest” and “cleanest” produce based on residue. Samples of all 51 fruits and vegetables listed in their website were taken in random supermarkets and not in farmer’s markets or co-ops so the list in these places maybe different.
If you are concerned with the price of organic then I have good news for you, you’ll find a list of 5 places where you can buy them at a lower price compared to a retail setting so make sure that you scroll all the way down to see this list. Enjoy!