It is no secret that pesticides are part of conventional agriculture. Despite the fact that the WHO recognises that they are toxic to humans, pesticides are still used to protect food from insects, fungi and other pests to ensure crop productivity.
Although more and more care is being taken and there are more and more regulations on the responsible use of pesticides, the truth is that some pesticides do not disappear completely from the food and become part of the food chain.
At Kuoko we care about your health and we fight for a food free of toxins and plastics. That’s why we want to tell you about the effects of pesticides on human health and how can you avoid them.
Effects of pesticides on our health
Risk of intoxication
Although symptoms of direct insecticide inhalation poisoning are more common, it can also occur indirectly. Symptoms may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches and difficulty breathing. Depending on the type of pesticide and the amount absorbed, they will be more or less severe.
Exposure to pesticides may increase the risk of certain neurological problems, such as Parkinson’s disease and cognitive developmental disorders in children.
Allergies and sensitivities
Pesticides can also trigger allergic reactions in some people, causing skin rashes, itching, breathing difficulties and digestive problems.
How to reduce pesticides in your diet?
Use toxic-free kitchenware
One way to reduce the amount of toxics in food is to use toxic-free accessories made of stainless steel and cookware made of ceramic, as plastic can also release particles while cooking that are later ingested.
Organic food is usually less exposed to this type of chemicals and is therefore much more beneficial to your health. In supermarkets, they may also be called bio.
What are organic products?
Organic food is food that has been grown without pesticides. Instead, natural and sustainable methods have been used to encourage their growth. In addition to being much more beneficial to our bodies and the environment, they have higher nutritional quality and have more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc.
In conclusion, due to the current model of agriculture, having a totally pesticide-free diet is very difficult, as it is a product that is commonly used in most crops. However, if we want to protect our health, we can do some things to reduce the effect of pesticides on our bodies, such as buying organic food and using toxic-free kitchen products.
If you are interested in changing your kitchenware, at KUOKO we have a great selection of products that will take care of your food and your kitchen: tagines, casseroles, spoons, spatulas, bowls… Everything you can think of! Take a look at our catalogue and start taking care of what you use to cook your food.