spreenkle #8 – (on pesticides)
beautiful fresh vegetables and fruits, their kaleidoscopic colors, their squat, bulbous, and stringy shapes, and their deep-earthed or floral scents, make me woozy. extolling their many virtues, urging you to eat them, treading that fine line between encouragement and pushiness, i try not to sound too much like your mother ….
but I’ve sworn to tell the truth, and the complete story is not all health & happiness.
fruits and vegetables have their dark side.
unless you grow your own (and even if you do I suppose) those colorful containers of nature’s goodness may be hiding some pretty nasty insect-defenses… yes, poison, people…and as a general principle, and one I recommend, it’s desirable to avoid consuming poisons wherever possible.
Below are two lists. They’re in alphabetical order, so it’s important to note that the top three on the Avoid List don’t reflect the 3 worst offenders. The worst are: Spinach – Strawberries – and Celery (in that order.)
The lists aren’t inclusive of all fruits and veggies of course. They’re only meant to identify the ones most apt and least apt to have high pesticide levels. (Results were obtained from a sampling of produce from the across the US.)
12 Foods - MOST Pestidicdes
- Bell Peppers
- Imported Grapes
- Red Raspberries
12 Foods – LEAST Pesticides
It’s not always possible or financially practical to consume all organic or pesticide-free foods. But the above lists should help determine which ones you become a stickler about. It’s also important to note that several fruit & vegetable “washes” are on the market that remove pesticides, chemicals, oil and waxes! (They’re generally found in the produce section of your market.)
UPDATE: A good friend has supplied me with a different list. There are points of agreement and difference between the lists. I’ll publish a second list shortly.
(Wednesday, back to extolling vegetables’ virtues. But yet another post before that.)