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Most of us were raised to rinse our fruits and vegetables before eating them in the hopes of removing any potential harmful pesticide residue, but have you ever stopped to wonder if the use of these pesticides was necessary? While the desire to keep ingredients safe from harmful pests is understandable, the chemicals used to ward off these animals and weeds remain under scrutiny. Are pesticides safe? While research continues as to whether exposure to pesticides can cause health risks, many brands are removing the concern altogether by producing their products without the use of pesticides. Here’s a closer look at these forward-thinking companies.
What Is Pesticide-Free?
When a product is labeled as “pesticide-free” it means it was produced using ingredients that were raised without synthetic herbicides, fungicides, or various other substances used to ward off pests. It’s important to note that pesticide-free is not the same thing as organic since “pesticide-free” is not a strictly defined term and some organic growers may include pesticides that are sanctioned under the USDA National Organic Program.
Benefits of Shopping Pesticide-Free
Limiting your exposure to pesticides means that you are limiting your exposure to chemicals, which have been linked to various sensitivities and harmful side effects. Some pesticides have also been shown to be endocrine disruptors, which mimic hormones in the human body when ingested and can disrupt normal hormone balances (increasing risks for certain diseases, including cancer).
Tips for Avoiding Pesticides
When avoiding pesticides, look for foods marked “pesticide-free” whenever possible. You can shop our full list of pesticide-free brands here. If you’re buying produce, try to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, which are less likely to use pesticides, and wash all produce thoroughly before eating to remove any potential pesticide residue.
Top Pesticide-Free Brands
Stock your pantry with these organic favorites.
This nearly 30-year strong company crafts organic snacks you can count on. From cereal and cheddar bunnies to pretzels and graham crackers, Annie’s offers a variety of non-GMO comfort food staples.
Need a snack for little hands? Toddlers will hop on over to these wholesome bunnies baked with organic cheddar cheese and organic wheat flour.
Clif’s wide range of energy bars are all made with sustainable, organic ingredients so you can fuel your adventure with great-tasting, wholesome snacks that are convenient to enjoy on the go.
Don’t forget to pack this snack for your next road trip—the organic snacks are made without refined sugar.
This supplement staple is free of synthetic colors, artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, and pesticides. Plus, you won’t forget to take your vitamins when it comes in a delicious gummy form.
SmartyPants Adult Complete + Fiber
This multivitamin has everything you need to support your daily nutritional needs (like omega 3s, vitamin D3, and dietary fiber), and the chewable gummy makes it easy to swallow.
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