While the fruit may not be 100% clear because the harmful chemicals end up leaching into a fruit’s skin and flesh, you can still rest assured that the food is at least somewhat safer than it would be otherwise. After all, there is only so much room for harmful substances inside a given piece of fruit; there is a limit to how toxic they can become. While this may seem like cold comfort, again, you’re still better off rinsing your vegetables, because at the very least you can do away with the surface germs and pesticides.
Generally, organic is another word for ‘healthy’, and it’s easy to see why: when it comes to the treatment of food, producers of organic food supplies tend to use fewer chemicals or controversial methods. Organic is the way to go if you’d like to minimize your exposure to pesticides and other potentially harmful substances. Strict regulations prevent the use of conventional pesticides; as a result, organic produce generally is protected by more vigorous, interventionist style pest control. Still, there are other vectors by which pesticides can end up in organic produce- these are simply less direct most of the time.
Regulations for organic food mean ‘less’ pesticides and ‘safer’ ones. While this translates into less pesticide residue, it is by no means ‘no pesticide residue’. Even if this were the case, there is another factor to consider. All crops need water to grow, and sometimes pesticides get into the water supply. In this case, pesticides get fed into the crops, as opposed to being sprayed on; unfortunately, that’s not something you can just soak out, or wipe away. Chances are unless you grow your own food from scratch, you won’t get away from pesticides completely, and maybe not even then.
If you’re stuck relying on shopping, as most of us are, there are still some smarter choices you can make in regards to your purchases. For starters, you can make it a point to avoid the “Dirty Dozen.”. This list of food refers to a list of foods that are most commonly found with significant levels of pesticides in them. Essentially, if you have to buy these foods, it is imperative that you buy the organic versions of them to minimize your risk, something that is somewhat less necessary for fruits and vegetables that are not on this list.
The Danger of Pesticides
You might be wondering if pesticides are serious enough to be concerned about at all. There are, after all, some scientific advances that fall prey to rumors and panic. However, the case of pesticides, there is recent evidence that suggests we ought to look into a better means of pest control. They are not only thought to be harmful to human health (especially in the case of the workers who handle them) but can also harm the environment. Currently, its thought pesticides cause delayed effects on human health, which suggests they may be a significant threat only in high doses.Related: 15 Clean Foods You Don’t Need To Buy Organic
Ultimately, at this time, it’s up to you to decide what’s best. Organic foods are usually more expensive, but they are thought to be cleaner than standard fare; that being said, the risk of pesticides has yet to be fully evaluated, though there is strong evidence of adverse health effects. While the levels for such are way above the amount of pesticide used, there are still margins for both error and risk. If you’re worried, shop local, or grow your own food. The closer you are to your source of produce, the more information you have to make good choices.