Before I was a mom I have to admit that I didn’t think about the food that I ate too much… After seeing my babies eating apples, strawberries, and grapes with great enthusiasm a few questions entered my mind… How much pesticides are in those fruits and how are those little bodies getting rid of those toxic substances? Do they cause harm in our children?
When I started researching about it I found out that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that children may be especially sensitive to pesticides. Pesticides can harm children by
– blocking the absorption of important food nutrients necessary for normal healthy growth
– children’s immature excretory system not being able to fully remove pesticides from their bodies
– altering the way an individual’s biological system operates if they were exposed to a toxin during a “critical period” in human development.
What can we do about it?
Try to buy organic produce. My first thought was that it was going to be impossible due to the higher cost… This is not necessarily true! I have found organic produce for a very affordable price at our local grocery store. If it is economically not possible to buy everything organic, I would try to buy at least those products that rank higher as far as the amount of pesticides.
There are also some vegetables that could be easily grown in a garden at home if that was an option.
What should we buy organic?
There is a non profit organization named Environmental Working Group (EWG) that has developed a shoppers guide that contains a list with the products that contain the highest amounts of pesticides and a list with the products that contain the lowest amount of pesticides. These lists are based on pesticide tests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA.
The list that they developed featuring the fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticides is called the “Dirty Dozen”. These are the products that I would try to buy organic or grow in my garden:
1) Apples!!!! Including applesauce and apple juice!
7) Sweet bell peppers
11) Cherry tomatoes
12) Hot peppers
“Plus” these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which EWG characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:
– Kale/collard greens
– Summer squash
What products have lower amount of pesticides?
The EWG also made a list that features the products that conventionally have a low amount of pesticides in their “Clean 15” list:
2) Sweet corn
6) Sweet peas
11) Cantaloupe (domestic)
12) Sweet potatoes
Current research indicates that children exposed to pesticides either in utero, or during other critical periods face significant health risks including higher incidence of:
– Birth defects
– Neurodevelopmental delays & cognitive impairment
– Childhood brain cancers
– Autism Spectrum disorders (ASD)
– Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
– Endocrine disruption
At Prevention Foods we want to share with you information that helps you to make informed decisions about your and your childrens health!