Pesticides can live within your body when consuming foods that aren’t organic. We all know of the option, but some of us can’t afford to go organic in every isle at the grocery store. You may be skeptical, just because it says organic, is it really? However, recent studies have shown that adults who consumed more organic foods had a lower level of pesticides than adults who consumed similar amounts of nonorganic fruits and veggies.
So therein lays the answer. If you go organic for your produce you can lower your pesticide levels and live healthier. The people at Environmental Working Group made it a lot easier by creating a list of what to buy. Their list below will feature which veggies and fruits have the most pesticides when buying nonorganic – so you can make the swap to organic.
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Now if you’re looking to pair those veggies with some protein, your safest bet is to choose organic beef. Most nonorganic beef producers don’t adhere to the strict regulations on hormones and furthermore, research has shown us that the hormones injected into cows could be connected to a higher risks of cancer in humans. “Research suggests a strong connection between some of the hormones given to cattle and cancer in humans, particularly breast cancer,” says Samuel Epstein, MD, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. When you opt for organic beef you also decrease your chances of developing antibiotic resistant bacteria from all the antibiotics they pump into cattle. Only buy the kind of protein stamped and certified organic.
NOTE: When cooking, remember to choose cookware that isn’t coated in non-stick. At high temperatures, this type of cookware (due to a chemical called PTFE) can emit gasses that are toxic. This gas can coat your lungs and give you allergy like symptoms. Stick to the old fashioned stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron.
Contributed by the 50 Plus Editorial Team