Consumer Reports (CR) recommends to always buy organic foods to avoid pesticides
but notes that eating many conventionally grown foods is low risk and that
high consumption of fruits and vegetables is more important to health than limiting
fruit and vegetable consumption just to organics. If you can’t afford to buy organic
produce, buy the fruits and vegetables with the lowest pesticide levels and avoid
the most contaminated ones. Because specific foods have a higher risk of pesticide
contamination, based on their 2020 analysis, CR considers it particularly important
to choose organically grown celery, kale, fresh green beans, spinach, apples, blueberries,
nectarines, pears, cherries, fresh peaches and potatoes. Higher than desirable
levels of pesticide contamination were also found in imported summer squash,
lettuce, strawberries and watermelon.
Choose fish that are less contaminated with mercury. Find information on healthy
and environmentally sustainable fish at www.prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/tmlinks.html#mercury.
Check local fish advisories. Fish advisories are warnings about the safety of
eating fish. Don’t eat the fish you or others catch before checking these warnings
to make sure the fish is safe to eat.
Limit foods with a lot of animal fat. Many toxic substances build up in animal fat.
Avoid canned foods and beverages as much as you can. Eat fresh or frozen fruits
and vegetables. This helps you avoid exposure to BPA because BPA is a toxic substance
used in the lining of most cans.
To learn how to reduce toxic substances in your drinking water, go to www.prhe.
ucsf.edu/prhe/tmlinks.html#foodandwater. Learn more about reducing your exposure
to pesticides from food at www.prhe.ucsf.edu/prhe/tmlinks.html#foodandwater.
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