Best and worst foods for containing pesticides

Best and worst foods for containing pesticides

Eating a healthy diet and feeding our kids fresh organic fruits and vegetables is important, but organic food can be expensive and isn’t available everywhere. How do you know what is safe to eat when you can’t buy organic and you want to avoid pesticides and harmful chemical toxins? Toxic pesticides can be especially harmful during pregnancy to babies in utero and to young children. Here is a list of the foods that contain the most pesticides and the least amount of pesticides.

Related Articles

Highest in pesticides

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers

Lowest in Pesticides

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes

How do I avoid eating pesticides?

It can be hard to avoid eating pesticides unless you buy organic foods but there are some methods. Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly. To do that, fill a bowl and soak the produce in the bowl then rinse it under running water. You can also use a scrub brush, such as a fingernail brush, to scrub the outside of the fruit while running water over it.

Another good way to remove pesticides from food is to peel the food. However, there are a lot of nutrients in the skin and just beneath the skin of many fruits and vegetables. IF you do peel it, try to peel only a thin layer.

Some pesticides cannot be washed away because the fruit absorbs them as it grows. Typically plants that have a thick skin that can’t be eaten are the lowest in pesticides.

Another method to avoid eating pesticides is to grow your own produce. You don’t have to live on a farm or even have a yard to do this. Many herbs and vegetables grow well in pots on a patio or near a window that gets a lot of sunlight. It only takes a small investment of time and money to get a small garden or a few plants growing in pots and you can have fresh pesticide-free, organic tomatoes, lettuce, herbs or other plants all summer.

We hope these best and worst foods for containing pesticides were helpful for you. Do you have more ideas? Add your comments below and help add to the conversation!

Please comment below and share your experience with us, or give us a feedback about this article. If you think some tips are not included here, please let us know so that we could share them with the rest.