Yeah, we are what we eat, but an Amy isn't an amitraz, and a Ted shouldn't be a tetrachlorvinphos. It's an unfortunate truth that many of our favorite fruits and vegetables contain pesticide residue. Even more unfortunate is how consumers are expected to decipher the health effects themselves. To help, we're naming a few pesticides sometimes found on your favorite produce. All of our selections have great organic alternatives, which means you don't have to stop eating your greens (sorry, kids — both your own mother and Mother Earth will approve).
1. Grapes: Chlorpyrifos
Smell rotten eggs? You might be getting a whiff of this organophosphate insecticide, which was re-registered by the US EPA in 2006. While it is not toxic in its original state (white/colorless crystals), chlorpyrifos actually becomes toxic once your body processes it, taking a new form called chlorpyrifos oxon. What's particularly alarming is the insecticide's studied effects on children — one study showed that babies born with chlorpyrifos in their systems by way of their mothers' blood displayed increased signs of developmental delays, attention deficit disorders, and hyperactivity disorders than babies without chlorpyrifos in their bloodstreams.