Monday, January 8, 2007

No health benefit from organic banana?

Surprised? The reason is simple. Any pesticide residue in banana is probably discarded along with the peel. This article is not to confirm or deny the health benefits of organic food. Try the following tips if you are on a budget or just don't like the price tag of organic produce.

1. Fruits and Vegetables: Wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water before consuming. Peel the skin of apple, pear, grape and straw berries whenever possible (especially when giving to small children.) The risk of pesticides outweigh nutritional benefits of the skin.

2. Milk, meat, poultry and eggs:
Buy fat free/low fat milk, lean meat, remove excess fat from meat and poultry to reduce the exposure to pesticides. Pesticides residue is found almost always with the fat. Growth hormones and antibiotics injected to animals has been a concern, however US and UN health agencies concluded that these do not pose any health risks to human since these get destroyed in the pasteurization process or broken down during digestion. If you are still concerned, consider rBGH and rbST (growth hormones) free milk which is cheaper than USDA organic milk. Foster Farms chicken is hormone and steroid free.

3. If you are growing fruits and vegetables in your back yard, do not use any pesticides 2-3 weeks before harvesting.

Read more on the latest in organic industry:

Article in Business Week

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