Why pesticides are dangerous to our health?
Pesticides are the chemicals used on plantations and on certain foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to prevent weeds, pests, and fungi.
What is monitored during this process controls are the residues of these pesticides. Residues that are not biodegradable do not disappear in the body or in the water.
More studies are showing the harmful results they would have on our health. Pesticides can cause respiratory, hormonal, and endocrine disorders (for example, they could be the source of a decrease in fertility); they also affect the brain and are considered carcinogenic.
Fruits, are more polluted than vegetables
EFSA (European control body) shows that vegetables are even more processed than fruits, but this does not mean that the residuals are higher. The authorities consider a result below a certain standard not dangerous.
Thus, in 2012, there were residues of 338 pesticides on vegetables, 319 on fruits, 93 on cereals and 34 on products of animal origin (eggs or milk for example).
The DGCCRF (repression of frauds) showed in 2014 that the fruits exceeded their residual contents more often than normal limits.
The Vaguely Unpleasant foods
Broccoli, cauliflower, table grapes, peppers, aubergines, potatoes, peaches, strawberries (including Spanish strawberries, which hold the top of the basket), apples, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, kale, cucumbers and zucchini, pears, cherries, peaches and nectarines, leeks, peas and even peppers appear on the blacklist.
Citrus fruits are not left out, but you do not consume their thick skins, so the damage is more limited (except to be a follower of Perrier Rondelle …).
Not including the apple.
The particular case of the apple
While in normal fruit or vegetables that are not overly treated, it is healthy to eat the skin due to the concentrates of vitamins. You do not need to do anything with the product; especially not an organic apple.
An apple can take up to fifty-five treatments, and an apple from the 1950s is said to equivalate one hundred apples today to get the same vitamin intake.
Not to mention the treatment of the skin with morpholine to make them shine. Morpholine is a substance that even the World Health Organization criticizes.
So, what can you do?
> A garden: If you have the opportunity, grow your garden yourself, and do not use fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides, and chemical pesticides. However, be careful not to plant aromatic herbs on a balcony in a planter on the edge of a busy road; they would absorb several microparticles.
> Bio: If you want to eat healthier products (no pesticides, no GMO for example) turn to the organic side, eat the most locally as possible that come from small farms rather than industries of mega-productions.
>Local: Also avoid as much as possible imported products which come from far away countries: they undergo treatments to undergo the transport and to endure the time of shipping.
> Authenticity: Do not be afraid of a strange looking apple! It’s not the appearance of a fruit or vegetable that makes it unhealthy. On the contrary, a good Granny Smith apple from the supermarket is healthier; even when removing a bruised section.
> Peel: your fruits and vegetables if you know them to be non-organic. Be sure to remove the first protective leaves of your cabbages, salads, chicory, etc.
But do not hold back from eating fruits and vegetables, nor cereals, because they are excellent sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals ESSENTIAL to your health!