Good news from the hardworking folks at the Environmental Working Group. They've just released their updated Shopper's Guide featuring the "dirty dozen" (produce to avoid because of the high pesticide amount used) and the "clean 15" list.
This guide is really valuable for parents trying to limit their families' pesticide intake. And we all have good reason to do this. According to the EWG:
"The growing consensus among scientists is that small doses of some pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Scientists now know enough about the long-term consequences of ingesting these powerful chemicals to advise that we minimize our consumption of pesticides."
This information is especially important for expectant and nursing moms, and for families with young children. You can significantly decrease your families' exposure to pesticides by using this guide.
"EWG's computer analysis has found that consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80 percent by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating only the cleanest." 80 percent! Read more...