This 4-1/2 minute video from Dr. Michael Greger explains the impact of eating conventionally grown produce that is laden with pesticides on the health of children, pregnant women, farm workers and their families.
The video also answers the question of whether or not these dangerous chemicals can be rinsed off.
Dr. Greger uses an apple where pesticide levels start out at 100%. Rinsing washes off a negligible amount - only about 15%. Peeling the apple eliminates about 85% of the pesticides. But, in peeling the apple, we also eliminate many of the important nutrients that are found in the skin of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention that many fruits and vegetables cannot be peeled.
Dr. Greger strongly recommends buying organically grown foods whenever possible.
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