Pesticides and herbicides are used on non-organic fruits and vegetables to help the crop have more product per acre. However these same chemicals are not so good for the people who eat them. The more we know about the effects of these commonly used pesticides and herbicides on people, them more I don’t want to eat them! And you might want to do the same if you are concerned about the health of yourself and your family.
Dr. Andrew Weil has a partnership with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health. Dr. Weil has complied a list of fruits and vegetables that should be organic when purchased.
The List tested fruits and vegetables that had been washed as a family would normally wash produce. These fruits and vegetables all have high levels of pesticides and herbicides and should be only purchased if organically farmed. Included in his list of “dirty foods” are celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries(domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, collard greens/kale, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported). To learn more about these “dirty” fruits and vegetables, check out Dr. Weil’s articles.
Always wash your fruits and vegetables before preparation and eating! Buy local and organi whenever possible. Keeping yourself and your family healthy takes a little more planning, but is easier than being sick! Stay Well, Elise!