We have been told, first by our parents and then by nutritionists, to eat our vegetables but today many people are thinking twice about the safety of the fruits and vegetables we eat.
The safety of fruits and vegetables in today’s market place has come under serious scrutiny. Today many people are worried about the amount of pesticides used in growing the foods we find our stores produce section and whether we are eating these same chemicals when we eat the fruit and vegetables.
There has been a lot of media attention around the types of illness that are blamed on exposure to pesticides and chemicals used by fruit and vegetable growers. Chemicals are used in an effort to stave off disease and infestation so that the consumer might enjoy healthier looking produce. Unfortunately these same chemicals have been shown to contribute to illness in humans such as cancer, plus any number of hormone disruptions.
Organically grown fruits and vegetables have taken on the challenge of growing produce without the use of any chemicals or pesticides but these products tend to be more expensive. So how can you still eat healthy if you cannot afford to buy organic?
Here are some facts to help you make healthier decisions:
The worst culprits
Some fruits and vegetables are known to hang on to the herbicides and pesticides used during their growing process. Washing them before you eat them may get rid of some external residual chemicals but most of the compound remains, absorbed in the skin or stems of the produce.
• Bell pepper
Should you void eating any of these foods? No, of course not, but it is important that you are aware that these foods are guilty of holding on to chemicals and pesticides.
If you truly love these foods (and they do hold excellent nutritional value) you can try buying organic, when your budget allows, or you can even grow your own. You might also consider the option of purchasing these foods from your local farmers market.
The healthier options
The following vegetables and fruits have proven less likely to harbor any residual chemicals, and so prove safer options for regular consumption.
• Sweet corn
• Sweet peas
• Sweet potato
It is still vitally important that you get a proper daily intake of fruits and vegetables as these foods are where you get the majority of your daily requirements of vitamin and minerals. If you are still concerned however about the safety of the produce you eat, don’t just stop eating them. Consider options such as buying organic, or growing your own, and continue enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of good health.