Pesticides and Produce
Source: Fresh Baby
When shopping for your family, you should consider that per pound of body weight, babies consume about 60 times more fruits and vegetables than adults. This fact combined with undeveloped digestive and immune systems, put young children at the greatest health risk for pesticide residues. To minimize the effects, you might consider buying organic for those foods that your children eat regularly.
Produce: Pesticides levels vary in produce. Here is a list of common fruits and veggies that are high in pesticide residues*. Because of the naturally high levels, you might consider buying organic for these foods:
- Bell peppers
- Grapes (imported)
- Red Raspberries
On the flip side, these fruits and veggies are commonly found to have the lowest levels of pesticide residues*
- Corn (sweet)
- Peas (sweet)
*Source: The Environmental Workers Union
Excerpted from Fresh Ideas (April 2005 issue), Shopping for Organic, published by Fresh Baby.