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I worry about pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. Is it safe to give my children these foods? Should I buy "organic" produce? 

Organic foods are those that are grown without pesticides and herbicides. However, they can be expensive, and not everyone can afford them. The most important thing you can do is wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly with plain water and a scrub brush. Detergent and special produce washes are not necessary. Purchase as much locally grown produce as possible. Remember variety and moderation too. By eating moderate amounts of a variety of fruits and vegetables, the chances of getting too much of one residue will be lessened. 

Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., Former Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia


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