We all know that we should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day because they are good for us, right? What we don’t get told is that the levels of pesticides in the much of these foods are at dangerous levels. Which is something that makes sense because pesticides have been designed to kill.
There have been a number of studies on the impact that pesticides have on our health and they make pretty scary reading. The group who is most at risk are children because they are still growing and developing. Research has also shown that the high levels of pesticides that we eat (an average of ten a day when we regularly eat non-organic produce) are responsible for some serious health issues such as birth defects, infertility, and child and adult cancers.
Some foods are ‘dirtier’ than others when it comes to pesticides, and studies have shown that if you were to choose organic versions of these then you can cut down on the amount of pesticides that you and your family consume drastically (washing and peeling will make no difference when it comes to eating these poisons). These nine pesticide-laden foods are definitely ones that we should all replace with their healthier organic cousins:
An apple a day keeps the doctor away may have been true once upon a time but nowadays non-organic apples come complete with five of the most common pesticides according to The Pesticide Action Network UK. These are captan, diphenylamine, carbendazim, chlorpyrifos and thiabendazole. All of these are toxic and could even prove to be carcinogenic.