Canadian fruits and vegetables are safe
(NC) Shopping at the grocery store can be confusing, especially when it comes to the difference between fruits and vegetables that are grown through conventional or organic methods. Are some safer than others?
Health Canada ensures that all fruits and vegetables sold in this country, whether produced through conventional or organic methods, are safe to eat.
According to a report released in 2012 by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which monitors pesticide residue levels on produce, 99 per cent of the fruits and vegetables it tested complied with Health Canada's standards for pesticide residues. In fact, most had no detectable levels whatsoever.
Both Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are involved in ensuring that pesticides are strictly monitored. In fact, you could eat more than 500 servings of apples in one day without any possible effects from pesticide residues.
The building blocks of good health haven't changed. According to Health Canada “a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer. And, eating lots of vegetables and fruit regularly may also lower your risk for heart disease.”
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