Fruit Alert

by Dr. Randy

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Along with the welcome warm summer weather, here comes summer fruit. Time to rejoice and enjoy the amazing health benefits of fruits like strawberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, and watermelon. These fruits all contain high concentrations of antioxidants and vitamins that promote health. Kids will benefit especially from these high antioxidant fruits because they love their sweet taste.
Dangerous Pesticides
The only caution is the high level of pesticides in some fruits. It is best to buy organic fruits, paying special attention to those fruits that typically have high pesticide residues. Here is a list of the fruits with the highest levels of pesticides. Buy these organic whenever possible.
Strawberries
Peaches and nectarines
Cherries
Apples
Bananas
Imported grapes

 

Safe fruits
Fruits with a rind or thick outside covering like watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, and avocado have lower levels of pesticides. These are relatively safe to buy non-organic.

 

Why are pesticides bad for kids?
Pesticides and other petrochemicals are toxic to cells and associated with hormone disruption and cancer. Children are especially susceptible to these effects. Young children have relatively undeveloped livers compared to adults, and the liver is the primary organ responsible for the breakdown of harmful chemicals. It is estimated that young children are subject to three times the cancer risk from petrochemicals compared to adults.
On the other hand, the antioxidants contained in fruits provide a protective effect from the inevitable exposure to petrochemicals that we face in daily life from car exhaust, pollution, plastics, and pesticides used in public places.
Enjoy the summer fruits, and remember the brighter the color the higher the level of antioxidants in our foods.

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