Buy Organic When It Comes to These Fruits and Vegetables
This is the best time of year at farmers markets and in the produce section of the grocery store. The fruit and vegetables can’t be beat in the summer! But should you take a chance and buy non-organic? After all, the non-organic produce is usually less expensive. Hmmm, let’s see. The organic and the non-organic strawberries look very similar, so what’s the big deal?
According to a research and advocacy group called the Environmental Working Group, or EWG for short, there are certain fruits and vegetables that contain heavy amounts of pesticides. These pesticides can poison your body, causing cancer and other illness. They can also make you feel bad and sluggish, because your liver has to work overtime to try to rid your body of these poisons.
And when you are thinking about the health of your children, consider this. According to a study done by Dr. Chensheng Lu, an associate professor of environmental exposure biology at the Harvard School of Public Health, “alarming amounts of pesticides were found in the urine of children who ate conventional (non-organic) fruits and vegetables”. This is very dangerous for kids because their bodies and brains are still developing. The pesticides contain high amounts of neurotoxins, which can interfere with and change brain function and nervous system development.
The good news that came out of this study is that after just five days of eating organic fruits and vegetables, most of the pesticides disappeared from the kids’ urine samples.
So which are the fruits and vegetables that you really must buy organic? The following is a list of the produce that hold on to pesticides the most:
Apples, celery, tomatoes (especially cherry and grape tomatoes), cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines, peaches, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, kale/collard greens, and summer squash/zucchini. The kale/collard greens and the summer squash/zucchini are “commonly contaminated with pesticides that are EXCEPTIONALLY TOXIC to the nervous system. As an aside, my question is this—why is it legal to use this on our food and to sell it to us?
You could also choose to grow your own produce in a non-pesticide environment.
Some people choose to buy all their fruit and vegetables organic, but there is also another list of produce that can be bought non-organic:
Asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangos, mushrooms, onions, papaya, pineapple, sweet peas, and sweet potatoes are all deemed safe to eat without being grown organically.
The EWG has a great website, where you can look up anything to see if using it or eating it could be harmful to you. Go to www.EWG.org.
Yes, organic fruit and vegetables are more expensive to buy. But can you put a price on your health and the health of your children?
Blessings to you!