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Questions and answers

+  Is the daily consumption of fruits and vegetables beneficial for health?

+  Why is it so important to eat fruits and vegetables?

+  How many fruits and vegetables should you eat per day?

-  Is eating fruits and vegetables treated with pesticides dangerous for my health?

No, in Europe there are rules established by the authorities guaranteeing to consumers the healthiness of the fruits and vegetables they buy (whether treated or untreated). These rules are defined based on toxicological studies and data on consumption of the population and are set so that consumers can consume fruits and vegetables every day throughout their life without any risk to their health. Remember also that fruit or vegetables that have been treated do not necessarily contain pesticide residues. In addition, washing them before use, as well as peeling and cooking, will remove the bulk of pesticide residues that may be present in food.

Finally, it is important to remember that, when compared to people who eat only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts, as part of a healthy diet, tend to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, obesity, etc.) compared to those who eat poorly. (Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. Report of a Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003 (WHO Technical Report Series, No. 916)

 

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