02 Jul Are You Consuming Pesticides?
The Truth About Pesticides, are they safe?
Why should we be concerned?
If you’ve ever been to a chemical plant that produces pestcides, you’d see barrels and barrels of the most dangerous chemicals on the planet. Barrels of carcinogenic chemicals are used to synthesize pesticides and small amounts of those chemicals end up on your food. When you start ingesting more and more of them you are exposed to some of these nasty chemicals. Another thing about these chemicals plants is that there are plants that produce both pesticides and artificial flavoring in the same area, sometimes using the same equipment. The starting reactants used in the synthesis of these products are highly dangerous, many are known to cause cancer, most are deadly on their own. In fact you might be safer working at a petrol plant.
How can you protect yourself?
The easy solution is to eat organic foods, those that are grown without the use of pesticides. Organic foods are typically more expensive so if you’re on a tight budget you can make smarter choices and still greatly reduce your exposure to pesticides and dangerous chemicals.
Tips for choosing the safest conventional produce:
- Has a skin that is not eaten (bananas, garlic, avacados, onions, ect)
- Requires very little pesticide to grow (eggplant, potatoes, mushrooms, peas, beans)
Foods with the most pesticide:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Imported grapes
Foods with the least pesticide:
- Frozen sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
The bottom line is that pesticides are less dangerous when used as intended, but there will always be a danger in consuming synthesized chemical products. In the real world, pesticide use is way, way up and that means we’re exposed to more and more. Pesticides can and are making us sick, anything from loss of concentration, loss of energy all the way to the worst most aggressive cancers. If you want to improve your health, eating organic or at least eliminating some of the most contaminated foods from your diet will have a profound effect on your health and well being.
For more info on toxins read “Child Development and Environmental Toxins”-NIH