Tuesday, 24 January 2012


I have recently learnt that some produces are more important to be bought in their organic version than the others as they tend to have the highest amount of pesticides when conventionally grown. If you can buy everything organic, lucky you, I'd definitely say go for it! However, if you have to choose, whether it is for you, your child or for the whole family, choose the ones that are likely to contain the highest pesticide levels normally organic and buy the ones with relatively less pesticide levels from not necessarily organic produce selling places. By doing so, you can reduce the amount of your pesticides intake by 90%!

Here is the list of the ones that tend to have the highest pesticides levels if not organically grown (so, try to buy these organic):
  • celery
  • strawberries
  • peaches
  • blueberries
  • spinach
  • apples
  • nectarines
  • bell peppers
  • cherries
  • potatoes (and more)
Now, lets look at the list of the produces with less pesticide levels:
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Asparagus
  • Pineapple
  • Mangoes
  • Kiwi
  • Honeydew
  • Cantaloupe/Rockmelon
  • Onion
  • Sweet potatoes
I am aware that there are some standards in place especially here in Australia. However, it still doesn't mean that the foods that we consume everyday are pesticide free (unless stated so). There are ways to reduce the amount of pesticides and other chemicals we are exposed to by following some certain strategies. Some of those strategies are listed below:

Buy organic/biodynamic.
Grow your own.
Buy produces that pass particular standards (be extra careful with the imported ones).
Thoroughly wash all fruit and vegetables.
Peel or remove the outer layer whenever possible.
Do not over-consume certain types of foods. Instead, eat a variety of meats, vegies and fruit.
Cook meat/chicken well.
Trim visible fat from meats, as many residues are fat soluble.

There are many online sources available if you would like to do further reading on this topic. You can search for 'dirty dozen and clean fifteen', 'pesticide residue in fresh produce' and 'pesticides and other chemicals in food' and so forth. You can also visit some other reliable websites such as this or this

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