Everytime conventional vegetables and fruits are eaten they contain pesticides. Over time a lot of these pesticdies are just not good for us, so it is worth knowing about the vegetables and fruit you MUST buy organic if you want to limit your pesticide consumption.
Research has shown that there are 30% less pesticides in organic produce than in the conventional type. If you are wondering which ones must be organic here they are:
Vegetables and Fruit you MUST buy organic
The Environmental Working Group publishes an annual list of conventional produce that tests higher in pesticides. Here are the top 10.
- Apples. Top of the list. Buy organic apples
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
You can see the whole list called Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
I pay extra in my shopping for organic cabbage, onions and avocado but they were way down at the end of the list so I will buy the conventionally grown type.
What I use all the time in juicing and that I do buy organic versions of are celery, cucumber, apples, spinach, carrots (22) and broccoli (28).
The ones I didn’t know about and are high up on the list (top 10) are Strawberries (2), Grapes (3), sweet bell peppers (7) and cherry tomatoes (10)
This list has been developed for America but it is the only guide I can find right now so will use it to help me decide.
Pesticides are chemicals sprayed of our food in an effort to kill bacteria, insects, parasites and fungi. When they are sprayed, just like us, these plants absorb some of these pesticides through their skin. That means we eat pesticides containing ingredients that pose a serious risk to our health.
That isn’t a reason NOT to eat them of course. There are toxins all over our environment. Even in our food packaging. The key is to limit how much we are exposed to them as best we can.
Buying organic is one way to limit pesticide consumption. Even organic produce is sprayed but not anywhere near to the extent that conventional ones are and so we limit our exposure.
One way to remove toxins from the skin of fruit and vegetables is to soak it in Apple Cider Vinegar for at least 15 minutes before consuming it. I found that out months ago and that is what I tend to do now.
I am learning about toxins and chemicals as part of my detox specialist course and it really is scary just how many toxins our body has to deal with on a daily basis.