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Old 04-15-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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Does cooking fruit and vegetables destroy the harmful effects of Pesticides.

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Old 04-15-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC. A fun place to be. I would say no. But read the short paragraph here to tell you what you asked.

Does cooking destroy pesticide residues? | Q&A | Focus Magazine | Science and Technology

I would rather use a scrub brush on my veggies and fruit. And if necessary to be sure I peel them after scrubbing.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:17 AM   #3
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No.

Cooking can kill bacteria, which are living things. But cooking doesn't neutralize chemical poison.

Cleaning/peeling the outside of a fruit or vegetable doesn't help much if the water it was irrigated with was contaminated
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If you would like to know which fruits and veg have the most pesticide residue go here and page down: Summary | EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

This is based on USDA testing and it's based on how people usually eat the fruit or veg. For example, a melon would be be eaten without the peel, while an apple might be eaten with the peel, so the peel isn't included in the test for the melon, but probably is for apples.

I even have their app on my phone: Summary | EWG's 2013 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™. A lot of the fruit and veg I buy is organic. I like this list because I can check what I don't mind buying in the not-organic version, like onions and cabbage.
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