Top 10 Fruits And Vegetables You Should Buy Organic

To maintain good health, you should eat only organic produce that hasn’t been sprayed with various chemicals. Below we offer a list of the fruits and vegetables that are most susceptible to heavy pesticide and herbicide use.

Conventional produce these days is sprayed with a host of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides all of which are extremely neurotoxic. Approximately 3 million tons of pesticides are used each year worldwide, made from over 1,600 chemicals all designed to kill insects, rodents and weeds, so obviously they are poison to your body as well.

The challenge continues to increase as this chemical industry progresses.In order to create chemicals that don’t wash off with rain and that can better withstand pests, these toxins become more difficult to avoid, further penetrate the food, become virtually impossible to “wash off,” and altogether are more harmful to the body.

Levels deemed safe for adults are not proven safe for unborn children or infants, especially ones still nursing. These toxic chemicals can be ingested by the mother through the food supply or through air or skin absorption if one lives in a largely agricultural area. The toxins are then transferred to the child through breast milk. Because these are times when the nervous system, endocrine system, and elimination system are still developing they are not prepared to process and eliminate these poisons compared to that of an adult.[1. Eskenazi,E. Bradman,A. Castorina,R. Exposures of Children to organophosphate pesticides and their potential adverse health effects. Env Health Perspect.1999 June, 107(409-419)]

Recent research conducted at the University of California Berkeley shows that for every ten-fold increase in exposure of the prenatal baby to these pesticides or other organophosphates, there was an overall decrease in IQ of 5.5 pts by the age of 7 compared to kids with no exposure to toxic residues.[2. Reuters Health. Prenatal pesticide exposure linked with lower IQ. Apr 21,2011.]

Going completely organic is the best, but for some families it is very difficult monetarily, so here is a list of the top ten fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic because they have the highest pesticide loads:

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Carrots
  10. Pears

As we teach in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book, the most important organic foods are animal proteins. Toxins tend to bind to fats which are in their highest concentration in animals. Additionally, the wrong diet and the impact of chemicals on animals is exponential and dynamic.   All kinds of troubles ensue when you expose members of the animal kingdom to pesticides, insecticides, etc. and inject them with drugs that will be transferred to the people consuming their meat.[3. Maximized Living Nutrition Book, pg 79]