We have been told our lives to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy. This is still a true statement; however, due to the way that these yummy healthy food items are mass-produced and grown you may need to avoid commercial produce or at least some of the items.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards 30% of insecticides, 90% of fungicides, and 60% of herbicides to be carcinogenic with of these products damaging to our nervous system. These products have been linked to several health issues including miscarriages, neurotoxicity, endocrine system disruptions, suppression of the immune system, infertility in males, reduced reproductive function in males, Parkinson’s disease, and carcinogenicity.
The Environmental Working Group tested 43 different fruits and vegetable categories, which they have compiled in their Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The list below is the 12 vegetables and fruits that had the highest pesticide load, which makes you wonder if you should start growing your own. Of course there is an alternative, you can purchase organic fruits and vegetables which are grown without the using any of the harmful chemicals.