How many times do we stop to think what is actually in or on our food? I really didn’t give it much thought. So many times I would hear, eat your fruits and vegetables. They are good for you. make sure you have your 5 a day. This is all well and good , but here are some surprising facts.
The pesticides that are used on our foods are toxic, now I know that is not too surprising, anyone would know that right?
Did you know that even after the fruits and vegetables have been pressure washed by the sellers, brought home and washed by you the pesticides are still there?
Did you know that anything you will eat the skin of is a high risk for pesticides?
Fruits like pineapple is ok because you are not eating the outer layer, but apples may be a problem.
Pesticides can cause many different problems. They can interrupt the function of the brain chemistry, and are especially toxic to children.
I have taken the time to check out some of my favorite fruits and vegetables and this is what I found.
What’s on your food?
Grapes, the USDA has found as many as 34 different pesticide residues, 4 known to cause cancer, 17 suspected to disrupt hormones, 10 neurotoxins, 6 developmental and reproductive toxins. This is not to mention the effects on the environment with 2 Honeybee toxins.
Bananas, the USDA has found 12 different pesticide residues, 4 known or probable carcinogens, 7 suspected Hormone disruptors, 2 neurotoxins, 5 developmental or reproductive toxins and 2 Honeybee toxins.
Broccoli, the USDA has found 33 different pesticide residues, 5 Known or probable carcinogens, 19 suspected hormone disruptors, 6 neurotoxins, 6 developmental or reproductive toxins and 14 Honeybee toxins.
Apples, the USDA has found 42 different pesticide residues, 7 known or probable carcinogens, 19 suspected hormone disruptors, 10 neurotoxins, 6 developmental or reproductive toxins and 17 Honeybee toxins.
Celery, the USDA has found 64 different pesticide residues, 13 known or probable carcinogens, 31 suspected hormone disruptors, 12 neurotoxins, 14 developmental or reproductive toxins and 20 Honeybee toxins.
This is just 5! Can you imagine how many more we are eating?
Neurotoxins what are they?
Neurotoxins is a chemical type of poison that adversely affects the nervous system. Neurotoxins not only affect developing nervous systems but mature ones as well. This will keep the body from communicating effectively with the brain. They will damage the brain, kill neurons and damage the nervous system. Neurotoxins can cause death.
I know this may sound as if I am up on my “soap box” but it is something for everyone to consider. I bring home my fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them and cut them up only to realize they are killing me? I have decided to go organic, I know that is not a guarantee, but at least it is a try.