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The Dirty Dozen - 2019

Updated: May 24, 2019

While it is important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, it is best to buy some organic. Heres why......

Pesticides are used for the intention of preventing or destroying pests that would otherwise harm our food supply. They are used to protect our food from bacteria, mold, weeds, insects and rodents.

The Dangers of Pesticides

Pesticides can be harmful to people, animals, and the environment because they are designed to kill or harm living organisms. In countless studies, pesticides have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, ADHD, and even birth defects. Pesticides also have the potential to harm the nervous system, the reproductive system, and the endocrine system. According to Environmental Health Perspectives, there is growing evidence that shows that pesticides found in commercially grown food can be linked to some cases of breast cancer. “We’re exposed to a cocktail of chemicals from our food on a daily basis,” says Michael Crupain, M.D., M.P.H., director of Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are traces of 29 different pesticides in the average American’s body.

“Fetuses, babies, and kids are more vulnerable to the effects of pesticides because their organs and nervous systems are still developing,” says Philip Landrigan, M.D., director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. And children’s risk is concentrated because they eat more food relative to their body weight than adults.

If you want to minimize your risk of exposure to pesticides be sure to buy the following fruits and vegetables that are labeled the dirty dozen for having the highest levels of pesticide residues.

1. Strawberry 2. Spinach 3. Kale 4. Nectarine 5. Apple 6. Grapes 7. Peach. 8. Cherries

9. Pears 10. Tomatoes 11. Celery 12. Potatoes

The produce at #TurcoTaco comes from a local organic source.

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