Thanks to research and analysis, the truth is now apparent. Pesticides cover most of the fruits and vegetables that are brought home from generic food retailers. As sad as that sounds, it is the undeniable truth. If correct measures are not taken to clean these fruits properly, there can be serious consequences.
Fruits That Have The Most Pesticides
Some fruits have more pesticides on them than others. The Environmental Working Group actually put together a list containing those fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of pesticides, otherwise known as the ‘dirty dozen’. Taking this list into consideration, here are the top five fruits that are mostly covered in pesticides:
It is pretty astounding that so many favorite fruits, and especially berries, are a part of this bothersome list. The fact that berries are a part of this list is so horrifying because berries are a favorite snack for young children. One could even say that most children enjoy eating berries almost as much as they enjoy eating candy!
Extra caution needs to be taken especially when giving small children these fruits and vegetables. Children are especially susceptible to the negative effects of pesticides because kids have smaller bodies and developing immune systems.
Can The Pesticides be Removed?
Yes, it is possible to wash most of these pesticides off, especially if the fruits and vegetables are soaked in a solution of baking soda and water.
However, even if the fruits and vegetables are washed well, there is no guarantee that all the pesticides will be washed off. In fact, even after a thorough washing, about 20% of the original pesticide amount still remains on the fruits and vegetables. The worst part is that not much can be done to remove the pesticides which have been absorbed by the fruit.
Do Pesticides Cause Harm?
The government has actually placed a limit on the number of pesticides that are allowed to be present on fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, many of the fruits and vegetables on the market are not even meeting these standards.
Pesticides are definitely toxic, but there are no known negative effects of consuming small amounts of pesticides. Pesticides can have acute and chronic side effects when consumed in adequate amounts.
This means that the negative effects of pesticides can be seen immediately after pesticide exposure, or after a long period. Genetic disorders and birth defects are some of the negative side effects that can come from pesticide exposure.
Soaking fruits and berries in a baking soda solution can certainly decrease the number of pesticides that are on the fruits. However, the absolute best way to prevent pesticides getting into the home is by buying organic fruit. Organic fruits are generally cultivated without the use of pesticides.
Eating organic can be more expensive, but it is definitely worth it. Despite the higher cost of organic produce, 45% of Americans actually include at least some organic food into their diet, It’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon.