Healthy, Conventionally Grown Fruits & Veggies

Buying organic produce is certainly the safest way to protect ourselves from unwanted exposure to damaging pesticides, fungicides and other toxins. However, Dr. Mark Hyman, Director of Cleveland’s Clinic for Functional Medicine says there are some conventionally grown fruits and veggies that are safe to consume. This is good news and here is a quick and helpful summary of his research:

WHAT TO AVOID

CONVENTIONALLY GROWN VEGGIES with HIGH PESTICIDE LEVELS 

  • Potatoes (more pesticide residues by weight than any other crop, especially Chlorpropham)
  • Spinach (contained permethrin, an insecticide very toxic to our brains)
  • Tomatoes (between 4 – 15 different pesticides detected)
  • Celery (approximately 13 pesticides detected)
  • Sweet Bell Peppers (fewer pesticides but the most toxic kind to human health)
  • Hot Peppers (highly toxic residues detected)
  • Sweet Corn and Summer Squash (some grown from GMO seeds)

CONVENTIONALLY GROWN FRUITS with HIGH PESTICIDE LEVELS 

  • Strawberries (10 or more pesticides detected)
  • Nectarines (up to 94% contained two or more, up to 15 pesticides)
  • Apples (up to 90% had residues, 80% contained diphenylamine, a pesticide banned in Europe)
  • Grapes (more than 96% test positive for an average of 5 pesticides)
  • Peaches (nearly 100% tested positive for an average of 4 pesticides)
  • Cherries (an average of 5 pesticides, 30% contained iprodione, a possible carcinogen banned in Europe)
  • Pears (high concentrations of up to 5 insecticides and fungicides)

WHAT TO ENJOY 

CLEANEST CONVENTIONALLY GROWN VEGGIES

  • Avocados (99% pesticide-free)
  • Onions (90% contained few residues)
  • Asparagus (90% had no traces
  • Cabbages (86% had no detectable pesticide residues
  • Sweet Frozen Peas (80% had no detectable residues)
  • Eggplant (about 75% had no residues)
  • Broccoli (70% had no detectable residues)
  • Cauliflower (50% had no detectable residues)
  • Sweet Corn (buy only organic to avoid GMO crops and Roundup residues)

CLEANEST CONVENTIONALLY GROWN FRUIT 

  • Pineapples (90% had no detectable residues)
  • Papayas (80% had no detectable traces)
  • Mangoes (78% had no detectable traces)
  • Kiwis (65% had no detectable residue)
  • Cantaloupe (60% had no detectable residue)
  • Honeydew Melons (only 50% had no detectable residue)

Becoming aware of these important distinctions is an important part of being an informed consumer. There’s so much good food to enjoy, just make your selections wisely!

Here’s to living Healed, Healthy and Whole!

2 Comments

  • Jean June 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Good stuff! Thanks for the post. Good to see that most broccoli is ok and cabbage. I always looked at the thickness of the skin for judging which were ok to eat conventionally.

  • Marion Pyle June 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Yes, nice to know there are many healthy choices out there for us! Healthy and delicious!

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