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Pesticides in Fruit: Organic is still best

by Dr. Randy

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Do you still think that the fruit you are eating is safe? Think again. A recent study from the United Kingdom shows that pesticide residues on some common fruits are uncommonly high. Some apples, pears, raspberries, and grapes contained pesticide residues that exceeded the legal limits of permitted residues. The list goes on. Lettuce, cherries, and pumpkins all contained potentially dangerous levels of toxic pesticide residues. The produce originated from all over the world, grapes from Brazil and Europe, lettuce from Spain, and cherries from Canada. Remember that when you reach for that luscious fruit at the grocery you may be inadvertently feeding your children up to six different pesticides on any one piece of fruit. Pesticides are potent hormone disrupters as well as carcinogens, and children are especially susceptible to their toxic effects.

What commercially grown fruits are relatively safe? Blueberries, California grapes (in season), citrus, pineapple, and melons.

Fruits that are heavily sprayed include strawberries (and most other berries), peaches and nectarines, and imported grapes,

When you cannot get organic produce, clean fruit with a fruit and vegetable wash made with natural surfactants, enzymes, sorbitol, and other extracts.

To view the UK study go to:

http://www.pesticides.gov.uk/prc.asp?id=1223

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