If you were to get all of your vegetables from conventionally farmed sources, this would be better for your health than eating no fresh vegetables at all. However, conventionally farmed vegetables are not your best choice. Organic vegetables are a much better option. Why?
USDA Organic farmers (and many small, local organic farms working without certification), must use different standards when growing vegetables. These standards include never using:
· Pesticides, Synthetic Fertilizers, Sewage Sludge, Genetically modified organisms, Ionizing radiation
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic, and most are damaging to your nervous system as well. In fact, these powerful and dangerous chemicals have been linked to numerous health problems such as – neurotoxicity, disruption of your endocrine system, carcinogenicity, immune system suppression, male infertility and reduced reproductive function, miscarriages and Parkinson’s disease.
Buy These Fruits and Vegetables Organic Only!
Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested by the Environmental Working Group and included in their Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:
· Peaches, Apples, Sweet bell peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Lettuce, Grapes (imported), Pears, Spinach, Potatoes, Sweet
In contrast, these foods were found to have the lowest residual pesticide load, making them the safest bet among conventionally grown vegetables:
· Broccoli, Eggplant, Cabbage, Banana, Kiwi, Asparagus, Sweet Peas, Mango, Pineapple, Sweet Corn, Avocado, Onion
So if you need to work within a certain budget, use this information to help guide you to the best choices when it comes to lowering your overall pesticide exposure.
What are the Best Vegetables for Good Health?
Whether you’re munching them raw or juicing, some vegetables contain more health building nutrients than others. This list details some of the best and worst vegetables for your health.
|Highly Recommended Vegetables|
|Avocado (actually a fruit)||Fennel|
|Beet greens||Green and red cabbage|
|Brussel sprouts||Lettuce: romaine, red leaf, green leaf|
|Chinese cabbage||Peppers: red, green, yellow and hot|
|Use sparingly due to high carbohydrate levels|
|Beets (also GMO)||Jicima|
|Carrots (also GMO)||Winter Squashes|