Reducing the amount of pesticides you eat

Now, of course eating organic foods reduces the amount of pesticides you eat. Eating organic also reduces the chemicals the workers are exposed to and reduces the impact of chemicals on the environment and wildlife. Organic food is also often reported to have more nutrients than conventionally-produced food. However, sometimes organic isn’t available, or you can’t afford to buy the organic version of everything you need. Never fear- some fruits and vegetables retain less chemicals than others, so you can still reduce the amount of nasties you are being exposed to.

Fruit

The fruit with the least amount of pesticides present are pineapples, mangoes, cantaloupe, kiwi, watermelon and grapefruit.

The fruit with the most amount of pesticides present are apples, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes and blueberries. You might want to make the extra effort to buy these organic.

Vegetables

And for vegetables, those with the least amount of pesticides on are onions, sweetcorn, avocado, asparagus, sweet peas, aubergine, cabbage, sweet potatoes and mushrooms.

The vegetables with the most amount of pesticides are celery, spinach, bell peppers, potatoes, lettuce and kale. Again, these may be the ones you’d like to make extra effort to buy organic.

Fruit and veg washes

Did you know you can buy special washes, natural and organic, that safely remove chemicals and other nasties from your food? I didn’t, until I accidentally came across this one day in my local health food store: http://http://www.leafliving.com/store/bentley-organic-salad-fruit-and-veg-wash-500ml/ This might be another option for you, and is also great for washing organic produce to get rid of any possible residue of fertiliser. These washes are really cheap and last for ages! There are many different brands selling these washes, so have a look around and see which suits you.

Read about the list of foods with the most pesticides in more detail here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

and here: http://www.mindfulmum.co.uk/2009/healthy-baby/nutrition/top-10-uk-fruit-and-vegetables-to-buy-organic-for-baby/

Happy eating!

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