Five Billion Pounds of Pesticides Each Year

Healthy Aging with Safe Foods

Approximately 5.1 billion pounds of pesticides are used on crops grown in the United States each year. The practice of soaking our food supply with agricultural poisons has some consumers concerned, wondering what's safe to eat.

No matter where we live and what we eat, we need to create healthy living strategies. The following may help you devise a plan for healthy eating and healthy aging, keeping food safety in mind to determine your best allocation of organic vs. non-organic food purchases.

Did you know it’s notoriously difficult to grow fruit without pesticides? It’s because fruit is colorful and high in sugar. Insects love the sweetness and mold grows easily on fruits. Insecticides also penetrate the soft skins of fruits and no amount of peeling or washing can remove it.

It’s far safer to buy the following fruits only organically grown because of the high pesticide levels found in (and on) the commercially-grown versions.

Blueberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Grapes
Strawberries
Plums
Pears
Peaches
Nectarines
Cherries
Apples

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) at www.ewg.org analyzes statistics from the USDA Pesticide Data Monitoring Program. EWG updates an annual list of the most and least pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables. This year's “dirty dozen” follows.

The Dirty Dozen (in order of most contamination)
Apples
Celery
Sweet bell peppers
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines
Grapes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Blueberries
Potatoes

Avoid the dirty dozen?
Perhaps! However, fresh fruits and vegetables are often a better choice than processed foods. And when pesticide residues are above certain regulated amounts for fruits grown in America, the rejects are exported.

In contrast, the following list of the “clean 15” comprises the least pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables.

The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination)
Onions
Sweet Corn (non-GMO)
Pineapples
Avocado
Cabbage
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplant
Kiwi
Cantaloupe
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Mushrooms

We want to be able to control the amounts of pesticides we get in the foods we eat. Yet, an understanding of how nutrition safeguards you and helps counter the environmental toxins you ingest is helpful.

Nutrition to the Rescue

When your body has sufficient nutrient reserves, your metabolism can pull from those biological reserves and use the necessary nutrients to protect itself from foreign matter entering into the bloodstream. Your body relies on its storehouse of enzymes, fatty acids and minerals to remove and neutralize the toxins for later removal.*

 

Reference: David Suzuki Foundation

http://www.davidsuzuki.org

*Ziquin Life nutritional supplements are designed to support your modern-day nutritional needs and the above changes required when dealing with environmental toxins.