Thursday, March 02, 2006

Eliminating Pesticides from Children's Bodies

If you are not growing your own produce and can't afford to get everything organic, here is a guideline to help minimize exposures to pesticides in food:

12 Most Contaminated (Buy These Organic)

• Apples
• Bell Peppers
• Celery
• Cherries
• Imported Grapes
• Nectarines
• Peaches
• Pears
• Potatoes
• Red Raspberries
• Spinach
• Strawberries

12 Least Contaminated

• Asparagus
• Avocados
• Bananas
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Corn (sweet)
• Kiwi
• Mangos
• Onions
• Papaya
• Pineapples
• Peas (sweet)

From a more comprehensive article found at:

"Researchers monitored levels of two organophosphorus pesticides ... There is evidence that they're dangerous, said Dr. Nathan M. Graber, a fellow in pediatric environmental health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 'We know that at high doses, these pesticides can cause serious symptoms because they are toxic to the nervous system,' he said, adding that there's 'sound scientific reasoning' suggesting that low doses can hurt the developing brain."


At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Chaits said...

A similar article can be found in the Consumer Reports magazine, Greener Greens -- The Truth About Organic Foods, January 1998 and more recently in the February 2006 issue.


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