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Pesticides in Fruit and Veggies

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Pesticides in Fruit and Veggies


Pesticides in fruit and veggies are everywhere today. Sprinkle a little dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane on your food and you’re good to go. Right? Ehhh… probably not. Keeping the grocery bill down is something most of us can agree we try to do, but it might cost you in the long run. It’s important to be conscious of what goes into your body.


Check out our list of non organic fruits and veggies which have higher levels of pesticides. If you’re eating fruit you’ve probably eaten some of these pesticides. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown without pesticides so consider buying organic next time you are at the store.



Pesticides in Fruit and Veggies



Apples contain a chemical known as diphenylamine which prevents the skin from going bad. Over 80% of apples tested by USDA contained DPA. Furthermore, the European Union banned DPA in 2012. Choosing to buy organic apples will reduce your exposure to pesticide residue.



A single sample of non organic strawberries harbor over 20 different pesticides. Chemicals found on strawberries like methyl bromide or chloropicrin have been shown to cause developmental issues and even hormone disruption in children.



Everyone loves grapes right? When tested, grapes had over 15 pesticides. Even a chemical that is known to make farm workers sick and over a period of time known to cause brain development issues in children. Organic grapes are a great way to get more polyphenols in your diet and they can also help lower your blood pressure. Avoid pesticides in fruit by buying organic produce.



Neonicotinoid is a neurotoxin that is commonly used on spinach. That’s crazy to think that when we’re eating spinach we think that we’re eating healthy but really we’re putting chemicals in our body.


  Peaches and Nectarines

100% of imported nectarines and 96% of peaches tested positive for pesticide residue. That’s a pretty scary statistic.



86 different types of pesticides were found in organic cucumbers. From neurotoxins to hormone disruptors and carcinogens. Carbendazim is a fungicide that the FDA has labeled as a possible carcinogen.


  Cherry Tomatoes

If you’re anything like me, you love snacking on cherry tomatoes. Finding out that non organic cherry tomatoes were loaded with endosulfan was kind of a bummer. Endosulfan’s keep tomatoes disease-free but can pose a danger to the central nervous system. Good news is we can still snack on them, just need to buy the organic ones!



Lastly celery made the list because of the high levels of dicloran and acephate which are both considered possible carcinogens. It amazes me that we have all this scientific proof of how bad these chemicals are, yet we still allow farmers to use them in our foods.



Above all, next time you hit the grocery store make the conscious decision to buy organic. It might cost you a little bit more up front but in the long run your body will thank you. Not to mention organic fruits and vegetables have a higher nutritional value but they also do not have any pesticides which could end up to be the silent killer.