Toxicity Load in Your Food and The Health Risks to Your Body.
A lot of people keep asking what the health risks of chemicals in our food are?
Pesticides are chemical or biological agents that are used to protect crops from insects, weeds, and infections.
We get exposed to these herbicides and pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by eating them through our food. Pesticides are used on fruits, vegetables, wheat, rice, and the lists go on and on. Pesticides are also used on crops that are fed to the animals that we consume on a regular basis. Unborn babies are exposed to them through their mother’s diet and infants through breast milk.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) identifies the types of produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides: apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, grapes, spinach, green beans, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries, and potatoes. They recommend eating organic versions of these ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and vegetables. EWG also lists 15 fruits and vegetables that are lowest in pesticides. These include onions, sweet corn, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, watermelon and mushrooms. They have thick outer skin that prevent pesticides from touching the edible fruits making it safer to eat the conventional versions.
It is important to know that rinsing conventional produce does not wash away all pesticide residue. However, any fruits and vegetables are better than no fruits and vegetables. Do not skip them in your diet!
- Research has found that natural produce contains at least twice the nutritional mineral content of regular supermarket produce.
- Other studies show that pesticides free produce had far less dangerous heavy-metal residues such as aluminum, lead, and mercury. Is it time to start planting our own produce to keep us safe?
- Plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables are high in polyphenols and packed with antioxidants with health benefits to help improve digestion issues, weight management issues, diabetes problems, and cardiovascular diseases.
- Conventionally cultivated produce may have up to four times more pesticide residue than organic produce. That’s a lot!
- The process of growing organic foods better nourishes the soil, while conventional methods are more taxing on the environment.
- Meat, dairy, and farm-raised fish may contain hormones, steroids, and other toxic residues from their feed and processing which can disrupt our hormones.
- Consuming organic produce and reducing consumption of animal foods can help limit exposure to these toxins and in turn prolong lives. Start by limiting animal products to once or twice per month and eat more organic kale instead.
- USDA’s Dietary Guidelines recommend adults eat anywhere from 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day depending on age, gender, physical activity, and overall health. Since most fruits and vegetables are full of chemicals in the supermarket, choose organic when you can, but know that organic produce can be quite expensive. If you’re unable to get organic foods, you can supplement your diet with an affordable, yet powerful product called isotonic Complete Green. It’s organic and comes in isotonix formulation to give you 100% delivery of these powerful nutrients. It has natural ingredients like alfalfa, wheatgrass, and chlorella, which help you alkaline your body to reduce inflammation, and it contains plant-based iron from plants with deep roots that pull minerals out of the soil. It also contains whole foods like broccoli and spinach extracts which help to detoxify your body. This will make you feel better and increase your longevity. Visit the attached link for more info. https://www.nutrametrix.com/…/nutrametrix-isotonix-comple…/…
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1 Bouchard et al. Pediatrics. 2010 Jun. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmed/20478945
2 Environmental Working Group Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
3 Forman J, Silverstein J; Comm on Nutrition; Council on Environmental Health. Organic foods: health and environmental advantages and disadvantages. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23090335
4 Curl CL, Fenske RA, Elgethun K. Organophosphorus pesticide exposure of urban and suburban preschool children with organic and conventional diets. Environ Health Perspect. 2003 Mar. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC1241395/
5 Lu C, Fenske RA, et al. Organic diets significantly lower children’s dietary exposure to organophosphorus pesticides. Environ Health Perspect. 2006 Feb. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1367841/
6 USDA Choose My Plate www.choosemyplate.gov/foodgroups/ 7 Find resources and information about pesticides on the Washington Toxics Coalition website at www.watoxics.org