November 15, 2017
One in three foods contains pesticides.
Pesticides work by employing a neurotoxic mechanism to kill insects. Heavy exposure can cause rapid death from respiratory paralysis. Many pesticides are known to be carcinogenic, affect birth defects, decrease infertility, and are toxic to the brain and nervous system. Research also shows that it’s linked with depression, memory decline, asthma, eczema, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome. Other studies have shown that it is linked with childhood leukaemia and blood cancers.
The chemical cocktail you are ingesting is due to the amount of pesticides used on your food, it is what causes the most harm. More than one pesticide is used on your food quite frequently and studies have shown that these toxins can be a hundred times more toxic when used together than when used alone. Washing your fruit and vegetables has little effect because most pesticides have been designed to withstand rain. Some pesticides are water-soluble and can be washed off but many fruit and vegetables have wax coated over the pesticide; therefore you can’t get to the pesticide to wash off. The fruit and vegetables that are commonly waxed are peppers, peaches, cucumbers, oranges, apples, avocados and eggplants. Using a fruit and vegetable spray to wash away the pesticides is available in health foods stores and does have an effect, otherwise best to buy organic and buy fruit and vegetables that aren’t waxed.
To buy organic can be an expensive task for many families, the most important food to buy organic is meat, fish and poultry, otherwise here is a list developed from ‘New food organization” to reduce your pesticide consumption. EWG research has found if people eat 5 fruit and vegetables a day from the 'dirty dozen' then they are consuming 10 pesticides a day, if 15 fruit and vegetables are eaten from the least contaminated list then they are ingesting fewer than 2 pesticides a day. It’s imperative that you minimize your pesticide consumption.
The EWG analysts collected data from the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration based on 89,000 tests for pesticide residues in produce conducted between 2000 and 2008. This data is based on produce as it is typically eaten, meaning it has been washed and peeled.
The dirty dozen:
* These are the worst for pesticides and are best to buy organic
The clean 15:
* These have the least amount of pesticides
The best approach is to eat organic where possible and only eat from the clean list.
To find out more about toxins get the book “What’s your poison?”
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