Friday, March 4, 2011

Avoiding dirty produce

While I strongly advise eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, there is one notable problem with such foods. Many are laced with various pesticides. These pesticides are linked to everything from cancer to interference with hormone activity in the body. Below you’ll find the fruits and vegetables containing both the highest level of pesticides, along with the lowest. You should still eat the “tainted” fruits and veggies, since many of these contain valuable phytochemicals and antioxidants that help to prevent a myriad of diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Some, such as broccoli, can even lower active levels of estrogen in both men and women. This prevents estrogen-related cancers in women, and lower estrogen in men helps to maximize the effects of testosterone in the body. Just ensure that you thoroughly rinse the “dirty” ones before eating them.  Here’s the list:

Highest in pesticide content:

1. Peaches

2. Apples

3. Bell peppers

4. Celery

5. Nectarines

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Kale

9. Lettuce

10. Imported grapes

11. Carrots

12. Pears

13. Broccoli

14. Tomatoes

15. Sweet potatoes

Lowest pesticide levels


2. Avocados

3. Sweet corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mango

6. Asparagus

7. Sweet peas

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Papaya

12. Watermelon

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