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Pesticides Found in 84% of Fruit

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The U.S. FDA, which evaluates produce for chemicals via their pesticide residue monitoring program, revealed that pesticide residues are widespread in popular produce, including strawberries, apples and grapes
  • Overall, 84% of domestic fruits — along with 53% of vegetables, 42% of grains and 73% of “other” foods, such as nuts, seeds, candy, beverages and others — contained pesticide residues
  • Imported fruits fared slightly better, with 52.3% of samples tainted with pesticide residues
  • The FDA report revealed 221 different pesticide compounds in produce, including DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane), a toxic pesticide banned in 1972
  • A group of Harvard scientists noted that more than 90% of Americans have detectable levels of pesticides in their urine and blood, and the health effects of consuming pesticide residues are unknown

When you eat conventionally grown fruit, you're probably consuming measurable amounts of pesticide residues in every bite.

The U.S. FDA, which evaluates produce for such chemicals via their pesticide residue monitoring program, continues to assert that pesticide residues in your food aren't cause for alarm, but no one knows what health consequences could result from this long-term, cumulative exposure to minute quantities of chemical contaminants.


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