7 Foods that Can Increase Your Pesticide Exposure

Pesticide exposure is a big concern when it comes to how our food is grown in today’s world. Especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables, it’s important to understand which foods pose the biggest risk. Being able to determine these foods from safer options will enable you to avoid them or to purchase organic versions which in turn will help to keep you and your family healthy. While there are a number of foods that don’t have a lot of pesticides found on and in them, the following foods should be avoided or purchased organic when possible in order to avoid their high pesticide count.

 Milk

There are 12 separate pesticides that have been found in milk after being tested by the USDA. This is possible due to the pesticides found in the grains fed to dairy cows, which are then passed on into the milk. Dairy farmers who raise organic cow milk can’t use grains that are contaminated with pesticides to feed their cows, and they may not use growth hormones that are so prevalent in non-organic brands. In other words buying organic milk can greatly reduce your exposure to pesticides.

Coffee

Because most beans available in the supermarket are grown in countries that aren’t regulated when it comes to pesticides and harmful chemicals so the beans sold in the United States tend to contain multiple harmful varieties unless the coffee is certified organic.

Celery

Celery doesn’t have a protective skin so any chemicals used during production cannot easily be washed off before being eaten. This is why it’s extremely important to either purchase organic celery or avoid it altogether. Cleaner alternatives include broccoli, onions and radishes.

Strawberries

If you want to stay away from pesticide exposure, you will want to buy your strawberries organic at all times. This is especially true when purchasing strawberries that are not in season because they’re usually shipped in from places with low or non existent regulations for pesticides.

Apples

Unfortunately even apples are not safe when it comes to limiting your exposure to harmful chemicals like pesticides. Apples are usually grown with the use of many pesticides in order to keep a number of pests at bay. Even peeling away the skin won’t get rid of all the pesticides used so you are best off purchasing organic.

Blueberries

Although blueberries are highly regarded as a super food because of the many antioxidants found in them, if they aren’t organic the benefits can easily be outweighed b the chemicals. Non organic blueberries have been found to be laced with as many as 52 different pesticides!

Bell Peppers

It doesn’t matter the color, all bell peppers that are not grown organically are treated heavily with spray insecticides which creates a high amount of pesticide exposure when they’re consumed. Because the peppers’ skin is so thin, it doesn’t have much protection from these chemicals being absorbed into the food itself. Buy them organic or avoid them and consider using alternatives such as cabbage.

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