Pesticides: Reduce Your Exposure

Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is one way to combat obesity. Unfortunately, pesticides that they come coated with are another battle. The New York Times Well column recently addressed the best ways to reduce if not eliminate exposure.
Some of the suggestions:
—Washing with tap water reduces surface chemicals but not those inside
—Scrubbing with a brush
—A commercial vegetable wash may not be as effective as plain water
—Be aware of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen, a group of particularly doused produce items which includes strawberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, apples and celery
—Go for the Clean Fifteen, those grown and shipped with little need for pesticides. Avocados, corn, pineapple and cabbage top the list.
—Buy organic.