Avoid Pesticide Saturated Fruits and Vegetables
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s (NYSE:MON) Roundup herbicide, is the most used agriculture chemical of all time.
It is not known exactly how much glyphosate may be in your food because the USDA does not test for it. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in February 2016 that it may begin testing foods for glyphosate.
However, for now an analysis commissioned by the organizations Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse suggested that eating non-Organic, GE (genetically engineered) foods, the prime candidates for Roundup spraying, is associated with higher glyphosate levels in your body.
The Detox Project explained: “Glyphosate levels have been found to be significantly higher in urine of humans who ate non-organic food, compared with those who ate mostly organic food. Chronically ill people showed significantly higher glyphosate residues in their urine than healthy people.
In a separate detailed analysis, glyphosate was found in the urine of cows, humans, and rabbits. Cows kept in a GM-free area had significantly lower glyphosate concentrations in urine than cows in conventional livestock systems.”
According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 75% of the US population has detectable levels of organophosphate pesticides in their urine, and unless a farmer, diet is one of the most likely routes of that exposure.
Eating Organic is one of the best ways to lower your overall pesticide burden.
The largest study of its kind found that people who “often or always” ate Organic food had about 65% lower levels of pesticide residues compared to those who ate the least amount of Organic produce.
Research also found that Organic produce had, on average, 180X lower pesticide content than conventional produce. That said, not everyone has access to a wide variety of Organic produce, and it can sometimes be costlier than buying conventional.
But, remember that eating vegetables, even if they are not Organic, is better than not eating vegetables at all. If you shop at Farmer’s markets, which I recommend, you can also ask the farmer directly about pesticide usage.
It is possible to find produce that is not certified Organic that may still have a lower pesticide burden than typical conventional produce depending on the farmer. So if you cannot find Organic produce, look for a local farmer who has eliminated pesticide use or uses such chemicals minimally.
If you know you have been exposed to pesticides, eat fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. The lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation may help your body break down pesticides.
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