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Should I be concerned about pesticides in frozen fruits and vegetables ? I am trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet for health reasons, and this is a huge concern for me. Are mixing veggies and fruits into smoothies healthful ?

Some have expressed concern that pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables cause adverse health effects, but little evidence supports this. In fact, see just how many fruits and vegetables you would need to consume to even come close to anything that might be harmful.  Just remember that all forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice—of fruits and vegetables are equally as nutritious for you and that the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables outweigh any risk of consuming fruits and vegetables grown with pesticides. Remember to wash all fruits and vegetables before consuming to remove any excess dirt or bacteria and visit our Fruit & Veggie Database for selection and storage information.

Fruits and vegetables are great ingredients to add to smoothies! This is an easy way to get in your daily cups of fruits and veggies! Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function most efficiently! Try our Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

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