Super Food

The Dirty Dozen

As fans of healthy eating we are always searching for superfoods – those foods that are nutritious in many ways and perhaps contain antioxidants. These foods tend to be fruits, vegetables and grains – but these foods may be exposed to pesticides. Every year, since 1995, the Environmental Working Group or EWG produces a list of the most pesticide contaminated foods. The EWG compiles results taken by the FDA and the USDA of about 41000 produce samples taken, to reflect “the overall pesticide loads of common fruits and vegetables”

2018’s top (or bottom!) 12 food products are strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. But in 2019, the new trendy vegetable – Kale butted it’s way in to number 3 on the list between spinach and nectarines. Wouldn’t you know that the vegetable that has become commonly accepted and has found its way into every beloved bagged salad labelled “superfood” is contaminated with bad stuff.

According the EWG Toxicologist Alexis Temkin, “We were surprised Kale had so many pesticides on it, but the test results were unequivocal,” …….“Fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone’s diet, and when it comes to some conventionally grown produce items, such as kale, choosing organic may be a better option.” Pesticides found in kale included Dacthal (DCPA) which is noted because it has been banned by the European Union as a possible carcinogen.

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