Buy local fruits and vegetables to limit pesticide exposure
MADISON (WKOW) -- June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month and a great time to be going to your local farmer’s markets and taking advantage of buying organic produce!
Pesticide exposure from conventionally grown produce wreaks havoc on human health, young to old, and is linked to a variety of cancers, developmental and neurological disorders, reproductive and hormonal system disruptions, and more.
Here’s are the most important foods to buy organically and why:
• Fruits and Vegetables: Apples, grapes, berries, peaches, and imported nectarines. It has been shown that apples and berries are more nutritious and anti-oxidant rich than when conventionally grown.
Potatoes, hot peppers, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, summer squash, and greens such as kale, lettuce, spinach, and collard greens. Leafy greens have a lot of surface area that gets sprayed and it’s difficult to wash, especially the hundreds of square inches in a big salad! • Chicken and Eggs: Pastured is best - the fat-soluble pesticides in chicken feed transfer to the egg yolks as well as the chicken tissues.
• Beef and Full-Fat Dairy: Butter, yogurt, cream, milk. Grass fed is best, but organic at least eliminates the animal being fed genetically-modified soy- and corn-based feed. In addition, organic animals aren’t allowed to receive antibiotics, nor are they pumped full of hormones. Most pesticides and contaminants preferentially accumulate in the adipose tissue, so especially make sure the full-fat dairy and fattier cuts of meat you eat are organic.
• Baby Food: Purchase organic or consider making your own from the organic foods already mentioned. Babies are far more susceptible to pesticides due to their long development time both during the time of pregnancy and in their formative years.