Should You Buy Organic Apples?

By Nicci Micco, September/October 2009

Plus, 4 ways to reduce your exposure to pesticide residues.

"yada yada yada yes pesticides bad, all things organic are nice so they say. I remember 1 year back people being killed by an infectious bug from organically grown sprouts here in Germany. sigh would I prefer to give my children organic...

David Wallinga, M.D., director of food and health for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, recently told me that scientists believe that some pesticides wreak their damage by operating as free radicals, compounds that damage tissues in ways that can lead to the development of cancer and other diseases. Minimizing your exposure to pesticides will reduce this free-radical damage, of course, says Wallinga, but so will consuming more antioxidants, which mop up free radicals. Apples—whether they’re organic or conventional—are full of antioxidants, specifically flavonols, anthocyanins and vitamin C. And you can reduce your exposure to potential pesticide residues on them by doing the following:

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