An Apple A Day Helps Keep The Doctor Away
It is a well-known fact that fruits and vegetables are good for our health. Eating more of them can help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It’s surprising — and quite counterproductive — that some groups are suggesting people avoid eating certain fruits and vegetables due to concerns over pesticide residues.
The reality is that Canadians have access to one of the safest food supplies in the world. Health experts and scientists confirm that our produce is safe to eat, whether it’s grown using conventional or organic methods. Health Canada ensures that all pesticides, whether used by organic or conventional growers, are safe for humans.
According to a 2012 report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, more than 99 percent of fruits and vegetables tested complied with Health Canada’s standards for pesticides residues. In fact, most had no detectable levels at all.
To show the safety margins of pesticides, the Alliance for Food and Farming developed a calculator to demonstrate the number of servings of fruits and vegetables that could be eaten in a single day without any ill effects, even at the highest recorded level of pesticide residues.
Here’s a sampling of what they found:
- Men can consume 571 servings of apples.
- Women can eat 10,877 servings of lettuce.
- Teens can eat 86,580 servings of carrots.
- Children can eat 1,508 servings of strawberries.
More information is available at www.safefruitsandveggies.com.