8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries
06-20-2013, 11:54 AM
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Re: 8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries
Originally Posted by THEWIVESCLUB
Fruits, veggies, meat. Real food.
But fruits and veggies are genetically modified unless you grow them yourself or buy them from a farmer in your community and they have all those nasty pesticides and chemicals sprinkled on them. And in the original post it said arsenic was being fed to poultry...nothing is safe.
“The Dirty Dozen”: Pesticide Levels in Fruits and Vegetables
by DIANE, M.P.H, M.S.
Worst of the Dirty Dozen™
Eaten daily by many children, 98 percent of conventional apples had pesticides.
Highly contaminated, celery tested positive for 57 different pesticides.
A delicious snack for kids and pests, some strawberries had as many as 13 different pesticides.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables offers many health benefits, including fiber, a variety of anti-oxidents, minerals, vitamins, additional unidentified phytonutrients, and water. The health benefits of conventionally-grown produce generally outweigh the risk of pesticide exposure. However, it is wise to minimize your pesticide intake, whenever possible, by avoiding the most heavily contaminated fruits and vegetables, and instead choosing to eat the least contaminated.
Pesticides are toxic to human and environmental health. They are designed to kill living organisms, such as insects, plants, and fungi that are considered “pests.” Cumulative exposure to pesticides has been associated with an increased risk of numerous health problems, including deficits in intelligence, learning, memory, and other neurological functions, ADHD, endocrine system disruption, cancer, and skin, eye and lung irritation, according to Sonya Lunder, Senior Analyst at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and Andrew Weill, M.D., founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a renowned natural health and wellness expert. These health effects have also been documented by independent research scientists and physicians around the world. Much evidence shows that pesticides harm workers, damage the environment, and are toxic to laboratory animals. Fetuses and young children are especially at risk, since their bodies are less able to detoxify these chemicals than older children and adults. Even small amounts of pesticide exposure can be detrimental to the developing central nervous system.
Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in U.S. stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.
The “Dirty Dozen” refers to the following list, published by EWG, of fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides. The list was formed after a recent EWG analysis of pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration and ranks popular fresh produce items. The EWG’s 2011 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce rankings are as follows:
Fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels=“The Dirty Dozen” (Choose “organic” versions of these when possible):
Sweet bell peppers
Fruits and vegetables with the lowest pesticide levels=“The Clean Fifteen”:
To reduce your exposure to bacteria, chemical, and pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables:
At a minimum rinse all fresh produce under tap water for at least thirty seconds.
The mechanical action of rinsing and rubbing (using your fingers, a vegetable brush, or clean soft toothbrush) produce under tap water is more effective at removing pesticide residues than the use of mild detergents or fruit and vegetable washes.
Always remove the outer leaves of leafy vegetables and then rinse the vegetables thoroughly, several times.
Peel hard-skinned produce, such as carrots, cucumbers, squash, apples, oranges, pears, etc. or rinse it well with warm water mixed with salt and lemon juice or vinegar.
Try to purchase and serve certified or U.S.D.A. “organic” produce whenever possible. Organic growers do not use pesticides, synthetic chemicals or fertilizers, genetic engineering, radiation, or sewage sludge to produce their fruits and vegetables and avoid growing crops in contaminated and chemically-treated soil.
While it is always important to thoroughly wash produce before cooking, slicing, or eating it, keep in mind that many chemicals and pesticides have the ability to penetrate the skin and contaminate the interior of the fruit or vegetable. Washing and peeling produce will significantly reduce, but may not totally eliminate, exposure to these compounds.
The entire list of 53 fruits and vegetables analyzed by the EWG ( lower numbers=more pesticides):
Nectarines – imported
Grapes – imported
Sweet bell peppers
Blueberries – domestic
Grapes – domestic
Nectarines – domestic
Green beans – domestic
Plums – imported
Blueberries – imported
Green beans – imported
Cantaloupe – imported
Plums – domestic
Cantaloupe – domestic
Sweet peas – frozen
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