For your body you best Decide
When you say bye-bye to Pesticide
If we ask you what is the most common ingredient that you serve in food, you will say things like – salt, oil, seasoning, spices, water, etc. But unfortunately, you are wrong! With every recipe you make and every meal you serve, the element most commonly present is – Pesticides!
In one of our earlier blogs, we had discussed the use of pesticides for getting better crops. In this blog, we will discuss what the alternatives are, and how you can protect yourself from this health hazard.
Pesticides is a generic umbrella under which we will also talk about chemicals used for preservation, antibiotics in meat, PFAs, sulphates, etc. Present day techniques of growing food use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, and genetically modified seeds to maximize the crop yield. Eating food grown with the help of these methods greatly increases your risk of getting indigestion, food allergies and diseases like asthma, migraine, auto immune diseases, obesity, heart disease and cancer.
Now no matter how much they say that these crops are sprayed with fertilizers and chemicals that are under the advised limit that makes it safe for human consumption, we have to remember that these harmful chemicals are entering our body not through one but various sources. When all the pesticides sprayed on them are combined together, the picture becomes a lot more scarier then what is painted before us.
Here is some more information that will help you take the first step towards the right solution:
- Pesticides: If the pesticides are strong enough to kill the bacteria and insects on the crop, they are capable of causing you serious health issues too. Have you ever considered putting a dash of insect killer while making salad to make it safe for consumption? If no, then how can you tolerate volumes of chemicals and pesticides on the food you eat every day?!
- Irradiated foods can cause you cancer.
- Heating up food in a microwave on a regular basis is shown to have resulted in colon cancer, malnutrition and obesity.
- Too much of canned food with closer expiry dates can cause metal poisoning.
- The cola that you so enjoy is sometimes used as a pesticide too. Can you believe that?
Well, this list can go on some more, but we assume that you have taken the hint and will try to avoid all this as much as possible. Now that we have identified the culprits, let’s look at how we can bring them down.
One of the most obvious and simple solutions is to choose organic food. Organic food is grown using natural fertilizers like cow dung, leaves or compost, and using crop rotation to enrich the soil, without pesticides or using natural pesticides like neem oil. It has no adverse effects on our body, yet it gets rid of the pests that could harm the crops. Since they come without the taste of chemicals, the intrinsic flavor of the food is much more enhanced in such crops. Also, what looks good to the eye could be harmful for the body because a perfect looking vegetable, grain or fruit, may be the result of too much pesticide being used during its growth, transportation and storage.
Next, all fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating or cooking. Raw vegetables and fruit can cause parasitic infections if not properly washed. Hydrogen Peroxide is a safe disinfectant which destroys bacteria and viruses with great efficacy and does not leave any toxic residues or bad taste. Potatoes, carrots and other vegetables grown under the ground can be scrubbed clean with a brush. Cut away any damaged, over-ripe or bruised areas in fruits and vegetables as bacteria thrive in such places.
Vegetables, fruits and grain which are eaten without removing the skin, should first be washed in a solution containing a tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in a litre of water. Vinegar can remove some pesticides present on the surface of fruits and vegetables. It does not however remove the pesticides inside fruit and vegetables. Apples and table grapes are two fruits which are often dipped in pesticide after harvesting to preserve them. Such fruit are best eaten organic or at least should be peeled before eating.
The harmful effects of pesticides and chemicals are not restricted to our bodies. Pesticides persist in the soil too for many years. Some commonly used pesticides are DDT, lindane, aldrin, dieldrin, endrin, chlordane, heptachlor, mirex, toxaphene, hexa chlorobenzene, poly chlorinated biphenyles, dioxins and furanes.
These pesticides poison the soil and water for many years and enter our food chain through fruits, vegetables and grains as well as through meats and fish. These pesticides have a half life of between 40-150 years and hence will persist to even poison our great grand children. This is why most of the world’s population have pesticide levels in their bodies which are 20-1000 times more than what the World Health Organization considers to be safe. As a result the incidence of cancer, allergies and auto immune diseases has sky-rocketed worldwide.
People diagnosed with cancer are strongly advised to switch to organic foods. Some pesticides are similar to estrogens and mimic their effects on the body causing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. Detoxification of the body to remove the pesticides can allow the body to heal and destroy the tumour.
The purpose of eating food is to give our body nourishment. But when you are consuming a small dose of poison, which will not show any ill-effect on your body right now, no amount of so-called health food will do any good. Think about what you are eating today so that you don’t have to suffer for it tomorrow.