Ever wonder what kinds of produce are better than others? Whether you’re interested in buying fruits and veggies that are cheaper, healthier or have a better impact on the overall community, there are a lot of different factors that come into play.
Pesticides are a big deal health-wise–no one wants toxic chemicals going into their bodies. And as the reporter in the video points out, even if you wash off a veggie that’s been sprayed with pesticides, the chemical’s still been absorbed into your food through its roots.
So instead of just buying the cheapest foods you see, check out the Consumer Reports website to find out which fruits and veggies from different countries are the most high and low-risk to eat. Hot peppers are at a high-risk for pesticides in both the U.S. and Mexico, while cucumbers from Mexico are at a high-risk but are at a low-risk in Canada; so buy locally if you can! And don’t even get us started on green beans (you might just want to steer clear of them completely).
A Canadian farmer in the video also suggests that picking out produce with an organic certified symbol from Canada is a healthier alternative that will support local farmers. All organic produce is also at a low-risk of having been sprayed with pesticides, so it’s a win-win situation. And rather than buying produce that’s out of season (which we can guarantee is going to be a heck of a lot more expensive than it should be), buy fruits and veggies that are in season to make the most of the money you spend.
Pick your produce wisely the next time you’re out grocery shopping.