The markets are flooded with early vegetables and fruits and the issue of their safety is becoming acute. To prevent the appearance of insects that can spoil the crop, producers often use pesticides. What foods are the most dangerous?
The safest berry grows in season in our gardens. If you are tempted by early imported strawberries, keep in mind that they are often purchased from countries where pesticide controls have been loosened. A safe alternative is pineapple or kiwi.
Apple orchards must be treated for pests. One apple can contain about 42 types of poison, while simply washing and peeling the apple from the peel does not always help, and vitamins go away with the peel. It is better to prefer a banana, a tangerine or a watermelon to an apple.
Due to the very thin and vulnerable peel, pesticides easily penetrate the bell peppers. Again, this product is best consumed in season and from your own garden – otherwise, in one pepper you can get a cocktail of 49 pesticides. Substitute peas or broccoli for peppers.
Potato tubers, being in the ground, easily absorb all the chemicals used in the fields. Potatoes can contain 37 different pesticides, but mushrooms or eggplant are great alternatives to this product.
Cabbage belongs to crops that are resistant to various types of pests and diseases, therefore, in principle, it is considered safe for consumption. But there are exceptions, so if you are not sure about the safety of the sold head of cabbage, replace the cabbage with broccoli or asparagus.
This sweet berry often gives excellent yields, but only persistent, chemically filled fruits survive to be harvested. Cherries can contain 42 types of pesticide in one plate and it is impossible to peel them. Better to prefer cranberries or raspberries.
Like apples, peach orchards are treated with a wide variety of pesticides, and the peach peel is so thin that it is impossible to save the fruit from chemistry. Peaches can contain up to 62 pesticides, so look out for tangerines, watermelons, grapefruits, and oranges.
Imported grape varieties are fraught with a lot of danger, as they are treated with pesticides during the entire period of growth and ripening of the fruit. Bunches of this delicious berry can contain up to 32 pesticides at the same time, unfortunately, both raisins and wine from such berries are also not safe.
It has no skin at all and is virtually unarmed to pesticides. Grow celery yourself or buy from trusted suppliers, and can replace it with broccoli, onions and radishes.