June 19, 2012

Foods With The Highest Amount of Pesticides

Alot of the produce being sold today is supplied from farmers who practice conventional farming methods. Produce is being grown using chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides and herbicides. 

Many scientific studies suggest that the effects of synthetic pesticides can be detrimental to our health; one study suggests that the consumption of pesticides may lead to ADHD in children; in some other cases, exposure can lead to many forms of cancers, infertility problems and birth defects.

Along with the many other poor 'food like' products we are eating, there's a large amount of foreign substances that are entering our bodies. As we expose ourselves to these substances over the years, our bodies become overloaded, and our 'cleaning' mechanisms fail to work. As a result, many of us develop sickness and disease because our bodies can't remove these toxins anymore.

In order to help give your body a break from this chemical onslaught, foods should be eaten organically. The foods listed below are some of the most toxic to our bodies if eaten from conventional sources, they contain the most pesticides on or in them compared to other foods; so, if you are considering switching to organic, I suggest considering the below foods as a first priority in your transition.

Top 12 Foods You Should Eat Organically (From lowest to highest amount of pesticides):
1. Apples

2. Cherries

3. Green Beans

4. Collard Greens

5. Spinach

6. Bell Peppers

7. Lettuce

8. Blueberries

9. Strawberries

10. Kale

11. Peaches

12. Celery

Honourable Mentions
- Broccoli
- Cucumbers
- Grapes
- Potatoes
- Tomatoes

5 Foods that Contain the Lowest Pesticide Residues
Bananas, Grapefruit, Almonds, Asparagus, Onions

Check out what I found online:
Similar to my list with a few slight differences.
When buying produce always consider buying organic. 

Better yet, to ensure freshness, buy local as much as you can. When you can buy both local and organic, you can guarantee that the product is both free of pesticides, and full of nutrients. Further to this, you will also avoid any potential foods that may have been genetically modified.

To check out pesticide residues on other sources of food, visit here.

By substituting the top 12 pesticide-laden foods with organic, you can eliminate up to 80% of pesticides from your diet.

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