Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY : THE DIRTY DOZEN

An old saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but if that apple is conventionally grown it might be a detriment to your health if you consume a lot because every conventionally grown apple has at least one pesticide residue on it.
What’s the big deal? With over a billion pounds of pesticides used in the United States alone, this is a huge problem because we are exposed to pesticides all over. For the sake of this article, I’ll focus on pesticides found in our food source.
We have to be concerned because these chemicals have been linked to various ailments. The most vulnerable to these are children. In a 2010 study done by the University of Montreal and Harvard University children who eat conventionally grown fruits and vegetables may double their risk to ADHD.
In adult’s exposure to pesticide have been linked to various types of cancer like leukemia, breast, brain, prostate, testicular, ovarian and much more. Pesticide exposure on men and women has been linked to infertility. Pregnant women also have to be careful because exposure to pesticides can cause birth defects to the unborn babies and may cause shorter pregnancies.
 One way of limiting our exposure to pesticides is to carefully select the food we eat, an excellent guide to help you is the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. Like what I’ve said earlier, over a billion pounds of pesticides is used in the United States alone and a lot of this is used in farmlands. Even though people have downplayed negative effects that pesticide residue has on people, you can’t be careful enough.
One ingredient found in most pesticide is organophosphates and this same chemical is also used as a nerve gas in World War II! Even in small doses this chemical has negative effects, on children it has been linked to delayed brain development and has been found to increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Since organic produce is more expensive than conventional, people buy organic for the dirty dozen items and go organic with the clean fifteen but here’s great news, you can buy organic on the cheap, you just have to know where to look. I’ve included 5 tips in the infographic to help you find save on organic.
Don’t miss on the dirty dozen plus which is also featured in the infographic, if you eat a lot of these, you’ll have to buy them organic because they have traces of highly toxic chemicals that can affect our nervous system.
  Dirty Dozen Infographic

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