UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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While there are few proven health impacts from consuming trace quantities of pesticides on foods, a growing number of people take the precaution of eating organically. It is possible that eating organically may help you avoid cancers and save money on your term life insurance. Below are the most important foods to buy organic if you are trying to avoid pesticides.
Apples are susceptible to more than 30 insects and at least ten diseases. Fungus and insect threats prompt farmers to spray various chemicals on their orchards. Not surprisingly, pesticide residue is also found in apple juice and apple sauce, making all apple products smart foods to buy organic. Some recommend peeling apples to reduce exposure to pesticide residue but when you do so you’re peeling away many of the fruit’s most beneficial nutrients.
When researchers analyzed 89,000 produce-pesticide tests to determine the most contaminated fruits and vegetables, celery topped the chart. Regarding the sheer number of chemicals, it was the worst. Celery stalks are very porous and retain the pesticides they’re sprayed with.
Strawberries may be a superfood, but they pose a potential risk unless you go organic. In addition to having up to 13 pesticides detected on the fruit, strawberries have a large surface area and textured bumps which make the pesticides hard to wash off. Nearly 60 different pesticides have been found on strawberries, though fewer are found on frozen strawberries.
Sweet and succulent, peaches can be just as alluring to insects as to people. Farmers may spray peaches every week or two, and peach fuzz can trap pesticides. More than 60 pesticides have been found on peaches. Far fewer pesticides were found in canned peaches, however.
Unlike cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, sweet bell peppers have no bitter compounds to serve as built-in insect repellents. Not only that but the creases at their crowns provide nooks for pesticides to accumulate. Nearly 60 different pesticides have been detected on sweet bell peppers’ waxy skin.
America’s number one vegetable is sprayed 5 or more times throughout the growing season to protect against various pests. After harvesting, another round of spraying occurs in the packing shed to ward off molds and sprouting. More than 35 pesticides have been detected on potatoes in USDA testing, and 81 percent of potatoes still contained pesticides after being washed and peeled.
If the cost of buying all organic isn’t within your budget, do not worry. Below are some foods that are considered naturally clean alternatives even if you do not buy them organic.
- Sweet peas
- Sweet Potatoes
Whether you choose to go natural or not, mindful eating is essential to your overall health. Pay attention to what you are eating, where it comes from and how it is prepared. It may just save you money on your term life insurance policy.