Dr. Oz: Pesticides in Food
Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Urvashi Rangan from Consumer Reports about their research into how many pesticides are in our food. Every year, the government puts out data about the pesticide residue they find on fruits and vegetables. Consumer Reports took a closer look at the data to find out more info and overlayed some government toxicity data. This provided a risk index of different produce and how certain people might be at more risk than others, such as children.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said the average American has 29 different pesticides in their body. This is a huge, important issue.
Dr. Rangan said one third of the produce had two or more residues of pesticides on them. Some had as much as 50. The current safety limits measure them one at a time and don’t look at the effect of two or three or 50 together. The total of toxicity can be greater than the sum of the parts.
Dr. Oz: High Risk Fruit for Pesticides
Dr. Rangan said that organic is always a better option and greatly decreases the number of pesticides. The highest risk fruits from non-organic sources included tangerines, cranberries, nectarines, peaches, and strawberries. Consumer Reports recommended you always buy these organic or else not buy them at all. In the case of tangerines, taking the peel off does not get rid of the pesticide like you think it would. When the government looks at risk, they take the peels off and measure the inside. The pesticides have permeated the peel.
Dr. Oz: High Risk Vegetables
High risk vegetables include green beans, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes. These are the most common foods we eat.
The good news is that there’s about a half dozen pesticides that are causing the high risk. Dr. Rangan said this means our government has a road map for effective change.
Dr. Oz: Low Risk Fruits and Veggies
Low risk fruits and veggies include bananas, grapes, mushrooms, raspberries, pineapples, cabbage, onions, and avocado. However, even low risk foods contain pesticides and Consumer Reports still recommends we buy organic.
Whatever you eat, make sure you always wash it first. If you zest any citrus, always make sure to use organic.