Pesticides in Food
It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.
– Meryl Streep
We’ve been thinking about organic versus non-organic a lot lately. One of the things we’ve discovered is that certain fruits and vegetables, when conventionally grown, tend to be laded with pesticides.
The Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C has published a list of the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels.
Foods Grown using the Most Pesticides
- Grapes (imported from Chile)
- Bell peppers
The foods with the lowest pesticide levels
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
Can the Pesticides Be Removed?
Now, organic can be expensive, and many of the foods in the high pesticide level list are otherwise nutritious. So, how can the pesticides be removed?
- Wash and scrub fresh fruits and vegetables under running water. Don’t soak them.
- Peel fruits and vegetables when possible.
- Throw away the outer leaves of leafy vegetables.