We all know that fruits and vegetables are some of the most important foods to keep in your diet. However, we also know that non-organic produce can also be contaminated with harmful chemicals like pesticides.
Research shows that Americans are concerned about the amount of chemicals in their food because long-term exposure to pesticides has been linked to neurological diseases, birth defects, obesity, hormonal issues, and certain types of cancer. This means if you reduce your pesticide exposure, your health may improve and your risk of developing a chronic disease would decline.
The amount of pesticides are continuing to rise, which means the health ramifications are also rising. Even after eating foods contaminated with pesticides for your entire life, scientists have found that you may be able to tell the difference if you switch to eating organically grown foods.
Studies have shown that people are able to taste pesticides in wine, and professionals can often tell the specific kind of pesticide they are tasting. One common thing about wines containing pesticides are that they tend to taste dry. The researchers noted that if it is so easy to taste pesticides in wine, people can likely taste them in their food as well.
Glyphosate, which is a chemical that is found in a common weed killer, is one that is on most researcher’s radars. Not only is this chemical found on produce, but can also be found in lunch meats and other packaged foods at the grocery store. Many believe that this chemical, even if consumed in microscopic amounts, is harmful for long-term health. Further, products that claim to be all-natural are not necessarily free from glyphosate. This means that people are likely consuming more of this chemical than they think.
While manufacturers do have a lot of lawsuits against them regarding the use of this chemical, settling the lawsuits is often less expensive than discontinuing to use glyphosate. While this carcinogen may be something that you consume on a daily basis, food manufacturers are concerned about their bottom line and want to continue to get their products out onto grocery store shelves.
Your gut microbiome is critical to your overall health, and microbes that are living in the soil that our produce is grown from are critical to the health of crops. However, glyphosate deteriorates both of these. Among other health issues, this chemical has been linked to a reduction in beneficial bacteria in the colon, which is vital for optimal health.
This means that your health is largely determined by the health of the soil where your food is growing. Industrial farming practices have destroyed the healthy soil of the earth by killing the microbes that naturally live there. When the health of the soil that is used to grow plants is not taken seriously, the nutrient density of the food growing is compromised. So, while you may be thinking that you are eating some of the foods that are the healthiest in the grocery store, they may not have as many nutrients as you would hope.
You have a choice whether or not to keep buying produce from stores that has this chemical on it or to buy organic produce. You can even go so far as to grow your own produce in your garden and eat straight from this source. The more local your produce is, the more nutrients it will hold. If you are unable to grow your own vegetables, find a local farmer’s market where they sell food that has been grown within 100 miles of your home.
There are many ways to avoid eating pesticides while still enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating conventional produce and stick to organic. If you can, eat local foods as much as possible. Also, avoid foods that are processed and try to eat whole foods to make sure that you are getting the most amount of nutrients possible.
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