Updated: Nov 9, 2020
Exposure to pesticides is an increasing concern and we just don't know what the effects are of regularly consuming low doses of pesticide residue.
Studies have shown potential harm so I think reducing your exposure makes sense and may contribute to staying healthy.
Organic fruits and vegetables have been shown to have lower residues of pesticides than conventionally grown produce. However, sometimes it's not possible to buy organic so it's useful to know what produce you should try and avoid.
PAN UK (Pesticide Action Network) have complied a list of the best and worst offenders from the results of residue testing carried out by the Expert Committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF) from 2011-2015.
“Around 60% of fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residue”
Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network UK
Here's a summary:
Top 10 Best for pesticide residues
Corn on the cob
Top 10 Worst for pesticide residues
This food list ranks traces of multiple pesticides which according to PAN UK’s Nick Mole are potentially the biggest concern. These might be worth the switch to organic
Lemons and limes
Top 10 Worst starches and grains
Top 10 Best animal products
Poultry meat (non processed)
Top 10 Worst animal products
Processed pork products
Fresh water fish
The report took samples from supermarkets, independent shops and market stalls.
Teresa is a nutritional therapist who graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM, UK and International) having gained her Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition. Teresa creates personalised nutritional based plans designed to restore health and vitality by offering the very best possible nutritional advice and support. www.eatflourishlive.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @eatflourishlive or on Facebook.
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