I used to hate eating fruit. Vegetables I liked. In fact, I have loved eating vegetables for most of my adult life. Fruit on the other hand, never did anything for me. Party because I don’t like sweets, but mainly because I had an allergic reaction to almost all fruits. Apples, oranges, pears, peaches, bananas, and almost all fruits gave me an adverse reaction. Eating an apple would make my throat swell and itch, eyes water, and trigger sneezing. For a while I thought it was just apples, but I noticed almost all fruits did this to some degree. Apples were the worst, and guess what? They are most chemically contaminated out of all the fruits and vegetables!
Now most people never notice the difference between eating organic or conventional produce, but I can tell right away with fruits. Apparently I am very sensitive to the pesticides used on produce. For whatever reason vegetables, even eaten raw, usually don’t trigger an allergic reaction for me.
Peeling and washing fruits doesn’t necessarily remove all the pesticides from produce. Also, the thicker the skin, the less pesticides reach the edible portion of the produce. This is another fact that I experienced first-hand. Apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines almost always triggered an adverse reaction even when peeled. Oranges and bananas only sometimes bothered me. Even with a thicker skin, these two fruits were unpleasant to eat half the time. Anything with a very thick skin like pineapples or melons rarely triggered an allergic reaction.
My sensitivity to pesticides pretty much fell in line with the most contaminated fruits and vegetables list. Apples being number one, was a fruit I could never eat without getting a very unpleasant allergic reaction.
List of most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
So I started eating only organic fruits and guess what happened? I have no allergic reaction to them. Surprise! I now enjoy eating fruits for the first time in my life. Most people will never experience this, but believe me, those pesticides are in there.
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