As a child growing up in Australia, my parents always reminded me to eat my fruits and vegetables, however I never really understood how it important it was until I grew up and began to understand the nutritional value of food. Now that I have my own little bundle-of-joy, together with my husband, we both encourage our Son to have a positive relationship with fruits and vegetables, just like my parents did with me.
However, eating fruits and vegetables in 2015 in the United States, is unfortunately not as straight forward as it seems, and this brings me to the topic at hand, pesticide residue. Once a dirty little secret contained by food companies, these days with the Internet so readily accessible, more and more people are becoming hip to the fact that so much of our food is drowned in pesticides. These chemicals are silent killers that affect both young and old alike. The next time you shop for an apple, hold it and see if it has a waxy feel. That waxy substance you feel is actually pesticide residue and if you were to buy that apple, and not wash it you’d be consuming that waxy residue in your stomach. And, taking it one step further, even if you did wash it, good chance you will not get that residue off the apple, as these chemicals are designed to withstand the natural rain storms.
The Environmental Working Group, fortunately for us, has a list called the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen which highlights fruits and vegetables which have the most and least amount of pesticide residue. It is important to note here, that this list changes every year. This valuable guide help consumers make smarter shopping decisions, like when to buy organic or when you can get away with not buying organic. For example some fruits and vegetables have thicker skins, like pineapple, so the pesticides do not penetrate the inside flesh that we eat… so much.
The handy infographic you see below is a representation of what the EWG promotes, which you can print out to have handy whenever you shop for produce. Or, stay green and go paperless, and save it on your smart phone!
This infographic contains more than just the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, it also contains information about where to buy organic produce at a cheaper price, and it has information on how to distinguish organically and conventionally grown produce and produce with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).
It’s the wild wild west out there when it comes to food, and in this case knowledge is power. If you have correct information to make educated choices, as parents we can decide what is right to put on the meal table for our families.
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