Today’s health tip is simple and to the point: NEVER EAT APPLES THAT ARE NOT ORGANIC!!
Here is why [part of the article “Apples Among Most Pesticide-Laced Produce – Eat Organic!” from: RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA] Pesticides in food have been linked to all sorts of health problems, including ADHD and birth defects. In fact, last year the President’s Cancer Panel recommended that people eat organic to prevent cancer.
For the 2011 list, the EWG dubbed apples the most contaminated produce, with pesticide residues detected on 98 percent of the 700 apples tested by Department of Agriculture (USDA); 92 percent of apples contained residues of two or more pesticides. After apples, their “dirty dozen” list of most contaminated produce includes celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, and domestic blueberries. This year, the organization notes, the USDA also tested cilantro for the first time, and found 33 unapproved pesticides on 44 percent of cilantro samples. Cilantro was the thirteenth most contaminated food.
As helpful as the EWG’s annual list may be when you’re buying produce, its bigger significance may be as a reminder of why choosing organic food whenever possible is so important. Avoiding chemically grown food, even the types not at the top of the EWG list, means avoiding chemicals that end up in, not just on the surface of, your food.
Finally, even if pesticide residues aren’t winding up on food, they are winding up in our water supplies, in our air, and in the dust and dirt that get tracked into our homes. Buying organic whenever possible translates to fewer toxic chemicals being dumped into our water and soil.