By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Annah Gillette
Since you have been following this blog for awhile, you understand the dangers of pesticide and chemicals used to grow foods. It is important to know where your produce comes from and how it is treated where you buy it.
Environmental Working Group released its 2017 Dirty Dozen list and it serves as a solid reminder that we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to cleaning up the food system. This year, the annual report found that almost 70 percent of 48 non-organic samples tested positive for at least one pesticide. (In many cases, the numbers were much higher.) And get this: a single strawberry sample harbored 20 different pesticide residues.Below is a list of 12+ fruits and veggies. Click Here for a list of 51.
EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for the following popular fresh produce items. All foods are listed below from worst to best – lower numbers indicate more pesticides. Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of two foods – blueberries, green beans and snap peas – showed sharply different results, so we have ranked those domestic and imported items separately.
Key Findings of the 2017 Dirty Dozen Report
⦁ More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.
⦁ A single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides.
⦁ Spinach samples had, on average, twice as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.
⦁ Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest: only 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.
⦁ More than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions, and cabbage had no pesticide residues. (Note: Some papayas are GMOs. Choose organic to avoid that.)
⦁ No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four types of pesticides.
We can’t wash our way out to this problem. While washing foods removes some of the residues, your safer option is to buy organic grown as much as possible.
This information is intended to raise your awareness of growing practices you may not be aware that they occur. A simple way to determine your over all toxic load is through the toxic elements hair test.
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