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A friend of mine recently claimed that standard fruit and vegetables bought from supermarkets are so contaminated with pesticides that it is healthier for children to eat no fruit and vegg at all. Is this just a scare? I am afraid it is finacially impossible for our family to buy all our fruit and vegg in organic form. Are there government guidelines about what levels of pesticides are allowed in foods?

It is not true that standard fruit and vegetables bought from supermarkets are so contaminated with pesticides that it would be healthier for children to not eat them. The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables far outweigh any potential risks. There are guidelines for levels that are allowed to be used. You should wash fruits and vegetables under running water before cutting them or eating them.

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