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Are Pesticides Bad For You?



Short answer

Yes, pesticides are bad for you. They are designed to kill bugs and as a result, are toxic and accumulate inside the human colon.



Long answer

As the name implies, pesticides are designed to kill pests (primarily insects) that chew on plants and destroy crops. While there are seven of them that have been approved by the medieval sounding Codex Alimentarius Commission, the fact is that pesticides are poisons. Far from providing you with any important nutrients, pesticides lace the body with toxic chemicals and may even force you to deplete nutrients.

When you eat food that has been sprayed with pesticides, the chemicals go to and stay in the colon, where they accumulate and can cause damage. The dangers of long-term pesticide accumulation are yet to be fully known, but studies have linked pesticide ingestion with nervous system damage and diseases like Alzheimer's, ADHD, and cancer.

Furthermore, when you peel the skin of a fruit or vegetable in an effort to rid the object of pesticides, not only is it possible that food with soft skin can have pesticides throughout, but you are also removing one of the most nutrient-rich parts of the plant.

There isn't a single good thing to say about taking in chemicals designed for one purpose - to kill living organisms. If possible, avoid eating foods contaminated with pesticides, though this may be difficult. At the very least, be sure to rinse your produce with water extremely well. Adding salt to the water or even a bit of vinegar is said to be even more effective at rinsing away pesticide residue. Lastly, it is important to note that organic foods still contain pesticides, however, they are "natural pesticides" and safer than the typical kind.

Possible short-term side effects

  • nutrient depletion
  • weakened immune system

Possible long-term side effects

  • cancer
  • adhd (in children)
  • colon problems
  • alzheimer's disease
  • nervous system damage


  • controls:
  • pest infestations
  • diseases
  • weeds

Healthier alternatives

  • organic produce

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Jeff Volling
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by Jeff Volling
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

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