Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pesticides May Cause ADHD; How to Shop for Safe Summer Produce!!!

With a new study in the journal Pediatrics linking pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables to a higher risk of ADHD in children, the question of when to seek out—and pay the extra money for—organic is back in the news again. It’s also back on the minds of savvy shoppers as farmers’ markets begin to stock more than potatoes and apple cider. Need a little refresher course on which produce is more likely to harbor chemicals? Below, a list of the most and least contaminated items.

Highest in Pesticides (Buy Organic):
1.      Celery
2.      Peaches
3.      Strawberries
4.      Apples
5.      Blueberries
6.      Nectarines
7.      Bell Peppers
8.      Spinach
9.      Kale
10.    Cherries
11.    Potatoes
12.    Imported grapes 

Lowest in Pesticides:
1.     Onions
2.     Avocado
3.     Sweet corn
4.     Pineapple
5.     Mangoes
6.     Sweet peas
7.     Asparagus
8.     Kiwi
9.     Cabbage
10.   Eggplant
11.   Cantaloupe
12.   Watermelon
13.   Grapefruit
14.   Sweet potato
15.   Honeydew melon

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