Eating Smart?Not so fast.
By: Natalie Landwehr , East High School
Think you’re eating smart? Think again. With pesticides and other harmful bugs lurking around crops, eating “healthy” might not be “healthy”. There are twelve foods that Yahoo News has reported as the “Dirty Dozen” and here’s why…
Number one on our list is celery. Because there is no skin to remove before eating, it’s incredibly hard to remove the nearly 65 chemicals used to keep this veggie alive. “I love celery! And after I found out about this, I might have to think twice before I eat it again. Do they really need that many chemicals?” said senior Aunika Munson.
Pesticides keep the foods from being attacked by infectious and dangerous insects that may eat the crop. Unfortunately, so many bugs exist that different chemicals need to be applied to keep the food safe.
Next come peaches, smothered in 62 different chemicals, then strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines and bell peppers. Popeye’s spinach has 48 different pesticides and cherries grown in the US have been found to have three times the amount of chemical residue on them. Potatoes, also known as “America’s favorite vegetable” have 37 pesticides, and last but not least, grapes.
Imported grapes have a much higher chemical contamination than grapes grown in the States.
What’s unfortunate? Due to the grapes thin skin, no amount of washing can remove these residues. According to Yahoo, kiwi and raspberries are a much safer and less contaminated alternative. “I’ll definitely be watching what I eat now,” said senior Cidne Lyons, “I thought I was eating healthy when it turns out I wasn’t. That’s just insane.”