Six Tips for Reducing Pesticide Consumption
Seven of the most toxic chemical substances known to man are approved for used as pesticides in food production. To reduce your risk of cancer the President’s Cancer Panel recommends avoiding pesticide laden produce. In fact, according to the Environmental Working Group, eating organic produce can reduce the toxins you consume by up to 80 percent. Get a free printable wallet card * of “The Dirty Dozen” and “the Clean 15” lists for your friends and family.
- WASH IT – Wash your food with clean water (no soap) before cooking or eating. There are some products specifically made for washing produce.
- PEEL IT – Many pesticides are concentrated in the skin of produce. Peeling helps literally cuts away pesticides that may be on the surface. Even after peeling, pesticides that have been absorbed into the produce may remain.
- TRIM IT – Some pesticides are stored in animal fat. Trim excess fat to reduce the amount of such pesticides consumed.
- COOK IT – Cooking helps reduce pesticides that are not removable by washing or peeling.
- MIX IT UP – Specific pesticides are used for specific food crops. Eating a diet with variety of produce and grains prevents eating an unbalanced amount of a particular food, which may lead to ingesting excessive amounts of a given pesticide.
- GO ORGANIC – While Certified Organic food is not guaranteed to be 100% pesticide free, eating this type of food will reduce your intake of unwanted chemicals.
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