How to Remove Pesticides From Non-Organically Grown Fruits & Vegetables

Lynn Griffith
How to Remove Pesticides From Non-Organically Grown Fruits & Vegetables
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In the long standing debate of organic versus non-organic fruits and vegetables, new research may give organic produce an edge. A study conducted by Harvard University is the first to show the benefits of eating organic fruits and vegetable to protect reproductive health. (1)

Avoiding pesticide residue may improve reproductive health

Pesticide residue has been shown to lower men’s sperm count and alter sperm formation. The study showed that men who ate the highest amounts of non-organic fruits and vegetables also had 49 percent lower sperm count and only 32 percent normally formed sperm. (1)

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston (USA), Jorge Chavarro, said: “These findings should not discourage the consumption of fruit and vegetables in general. In fact, we found that total intake of fruit and vegetables was completely unrelated to semen quality. This suggests that implementing strategies specifically targeted at avoiding pesticide residues, such as consuming organically-grown produce or avoiding produce known to have large amounts of residues, may be the way to go.” (1)

The study recommends considering shopping for produce with the understanding that not all fruits and vegetables are high in pesticide residue. Fruits and vegetables that the study recognized as low in residue included: peas, beans, grapefruit, and onions. Those that were recognized as high in residue include peppers, spinach, strawberries, apples, and pears. (1)

Other fruits and vegetables that are considered to have low pesticide exposure include: asparagus, avocados, broccoli, bananas, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, onions, mangoes, papayas, and pineapple. (2)

Fruit flies fed organic produce experienced improved fertility, more resistance to oxidative stress and improved life span

A 2013 study investigated the impact of organic and conventional produce on the health of fruit flies. The study showed fruit flies that ate organic produce lived longer than flies fed conventional foods. It was also shown that the organic fed flies had higher egg production. Flies that ate organic were also able to live longer when food was not available. It appears that organic foods improved fertility, provided more resistance to oxidative stress, and helped the flies live longer. (3)

If on a budget, wash your fruits and vegetables with apple cider vinegar and water to remove pesticide residue

If you are on a budget and cannot afford organic food, try stocking up on apple cider vinegar. Place one tablespoon of vinegar in one cup of water and pour over fruit and vegetables. Stir periodically for five minutes and drain and rinse very well. The water left behind from the fruits and vegetable will most likely be very dirty and will show you how much residue you avoided eating by doing a simple 5-minute soak. (4)

If you want to be healthy, live longer, improve fertility, and resist stress, it appears that eating organic or removing as much pesticide residue as possible from your diet may greatly improve your health.

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.sciencedaily.com
(2) www.eatingwell.com
(3) www.cbsnews.com
(4) dontwastethecrumbs.com

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