Produce Is Covered In Pesticides (And They're Maybe Making You Infertile)
Every time you decide to treat your body right and buy some produce, you're also buying something extra: pesticides. Lots and lots of pesticides. Why bother with ranch dressing when your veggies already come seasoned with delicious insect-killing juice?
Over 98 percent of peaches, potatoes, nectarines, cherries, and apples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture had traces of at least one pesticide. Strawberries, the chemical dumpsters of the fruit world, tested positive for ten or more pesticides in over a third of the samples. Spinach is the "winner" on the vegetable side, with almost twice as much pesticide residue (by weight) than any other crop. Hot peppers, meanwhile, may not have the most insecticides, but they had the most dangerous ones. You know, as compared to the totally safe insecticides we eat on other veggies.
Environmental Working GroupTurns out millennials' love of avocado is simply a survival instinct.
Getting rid of these nasty chemicals isn't as simple as half-assedly washing your fruit under a tap for two seconds, as we've all been doing. Experts recommend soaking fruit in a mixture of water and baking soda. But so what if you swallow a little bit of poison every day? Well, aside from these substances being carcinogenic, they're making you infertile. A new study from Harvard showed that women who ate more pesticide-ridden produce were 26 percent less likely to have a successful pregnancy, while men in the same situation had lower sperm counts and poorer sperm quality. So remember, please wash your cucumbers before you toss a salad.
Allergic To Corn? Tough Luck, It's Everywhere Now
Quick, how much corn have you eaten or touched today? If you didn't say "a shitload," you're probably way off. Corn is in absolutely everything, from household objects to medicine to hygiene products to all kinds of not-obviously-corn-related foods. Everything is corn-taminated.
If you happen to be allergic, this sucks. You can't use salt, because salt contains dextrose, which is made from corn. You can't drink bottled water, because most have added minerals derived from corn. You can't eat most beef or chicken or any animal that was fed corn. You can't watch the classic Charlie's Angels movie from 2000, because it has music by Korn.
Sabestien Paquet/Wikimedia CommonsAnd don't even think about Korn Koffee.