News articles have scared a lot of people off from eating vegetables and fruits, due to concerns about pesticides. Pesticide quantities on these food sources have, however, been found to be minuscule. Washing of organic and inorganic products helps to reduce these levels. This leaves you with no more excuse not to consume recommended daily volumes of fruit and vegetables.

Daily diets should include fruit and vegetables

Most U.S. citizens don’t consume sufficient quantities of fruit and vegetables, both of which are rich sources of vitamins and fiber. Over 70 percent of people don’t eat enough of these items, which poses health risks. 

Another contributor to eating fewer fruits and vegetables are the campaigns advocating that organic produce contains lower pesticide or no pesticide levels. In reality, most people cannot afford organic food prices, so have avoided eating fruit and vegetables to a significant extent.

Government authorities confirm pesticide safety levels

Several government authorities have supported the safety levels of eating non-organic fruit and vegetables. Contemporary farming methods do use pesticides but these have been vastly reduced in comparison to older farming techniques. Consumers should actually be more concerned about viruses and bacteria on vegetables and fruits, rather than the presence of pesticides.

Dr. Tamika Sims is a Director at the International Food Information Council. Dr. Sims confirms that marketing communications have created fears about pesticide consumption. Reversal of this message encompasses the knowledge that the health risks of insufficient fruit and vegetable consumption far outweigh those posed by ingesting negligible amounts of pesticides.