Updated: Mar 2, 2020
The Environmental Work Group releases a list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides. Every week, I will cover an item from that list.
I love strawberries. I mean LOVE them. If I could eat strawberries all darn day I would. I cannot eat a lot of fruits because of my Keto Lifestyle. Fortunately, strawberries worked perfectly. I would easily put them in my muffins, or eat as a snack. It was not until I discovered the Environmental Work Group (EWG) that I realized pesticides were my favorite snack as well.
Strawberries and then some.
"Nearly 70 percent of the produce sold in the U.S. comes with pesticide residues, according to EWG’s analysis of test data from the Department of Agriculture for our 2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™."
As succulent and sweet as strawberries can be, they also have a few extra seasonings. Strawberries contain an average 7.8 pesticides per sample compared to 2.2 for other fruits and vegetables (EWG). We are ingesting these pesticides at a higher rate than we previously thought.
What are pesticides?
So what are pesticides anyway? Why should we care if we eat them?
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH), "A pesticide is any substance used to kill, repel, or control certain forms of plant or animal life that are considered to be pests." Farmers and planters use pesticides to prevent these pests from eating their crop.
Why does this matter?
"When I realized I ate different pesticides as much as I ate fruit, I had to make a change!"
Little do we know, these pesticides are present in a lot of our food. What's so shocking is scientists do not know much about the health effects of these pesticides. What they do know is that children are more likely to react negatively to these chemicals.
So basically these chemicals are put into our food. Some scientists say they do not know how it will affect us in the future, others say it will affect children negatively. I think that is enough reason to be worried.
What you can do?
Now I know some of my clients are rolling their eyes at this point. Yet another item they think they cannot eat. Luckily, that is not the case!
YOU CAN STILL EAT STRAWBERRIES.
Reader meet organic, organic meet reader.
Organic fruits and vegetables are always the best way to prevent the consumption of pesticides. True organic fruits have no pesticides and can be found at your local grocery store.
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