Organic foods only to avoid toxins?

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Question from Sassy: Should I be eating only organic foods to keep pesticides and other toxins out of my diet?
Answers - Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. The issue of organic foods is another area of controversy. What is important is to eat fruits and vegetables, and whether you select organic or not, it's important to wash your fruits and vegetables not simply with tap water but with either a commercial vegetable wash or even a drop of Palmolive. Washing non-organic vegetables will reduce pesticides by over 95 percent.

Many people are under the false assumption that organic vegetables are much higher in vitamins. Although some organic vegetables may have slightly more vitamin C for example, it is not enough to be of any relevance in terms of your overall intake of vitamin C or your overall health. Besides, organic vegetables can be very expensive and do spoil more rapidly. The key issue is to eat your vegetables.

Vegetable washes are available in most produce markets. They're spray bottles.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition and Weight featured Cyndi Thomson, Ph.D., R.D. and Marisa Weiss M.D. answering your questions about nutrition and weight.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in January 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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