Do you remember my previous article on kale?
If you have not yet read it, I urge you to read it. https://www.nutrunity.com/updates/kale
Many people try to give kale a bad name, but none as much as producers themselves.
Because demand for kale has exploded in the last few years, it appears that -- as always in a capitalism-run world -- that to increase production, many farmers have cut corners and heavily relied on questionable measures.
Kale is indeed a food powerhouse, packed with essential nutrients, including minerals and omega-3s, and offers great antioxidant property. It is not surprising that it is ranking at the top of the ORAC score, for kale is the king of nutrient-dense vegetables.
Kale is also rich in fibre and as such can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and promotes regularity of bowel movements.
But today, all of the benefits of kale have been wiped clean by the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals too often used in conventional farming. kale is now ranked third in the latest Dirty Dozen pesticide residue ranking from US non-profit the Environment Working Group (EWG).
"We were surprised kale had so many pesticides on it, but the test results were unequivocal,” said Toxicologist Alexis Temkin from EWG, “Fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone’s diet, and when it comes to some conventionally grown produce items, such as kale, choosing organic may be a better option.”
When it comes to some conventionally grown produce items, such as kale, choosing organic may be a better option.
Recent tests revealed that more than 92% of conventionally grown kale samples contained at least two or more pesticide residues. Some samples contained residues from as many as 18 different pesticides, some of which are already banned in the EU for over a decade.
More distressing the fact that over 70% of all produce grown conventionally in the US contains pesticide residues in various degrees and many vegetables and fruits may represent a danger to health and choosing organic is not only the best solution but the only solution for persons at risk, including children and pregnant women.
DIRTY DOZEN 2019
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