Does Cooking Potatoes Reduce the Potential Pesticide Residue?

(This post was originally a response to someone asking whether cooking non organic potatoes reduced the amount of pesticide residue. I decided to post my answer here)

Okay, so we’d all probably prefer to buy organic all the time, but it’s certainly not the cheaper option. So let’s say you decide to buy some conventionally grown potatoes, with all the potential lovely chemicals. You of course have to cook the potato to eat it (if anyone out there actually eats raw potatoes, let me know, because that’s weird), so does cooking it make the whole pesticide residue issue less of an issue? Let’s take a look. Continue reading

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Microwaving Food: A Follow Up

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Joeseph Mercola, don’t lose sleep over it. He’s an alternative health guru prone to making poorly substantiated claims about what is going to cause your death this week. He has good ideas, but plenty of bad ones too. Why do I bring him up? I recently found out he has an article on his website detailing his reasons for not liking microwaves. I recently wrote a blog post where I declared microwaves a perfectly acceptable method of cooking based on the science, so I was curious about his reasoning. This article by Mercola contained a few studies that caught my attention and were presented as anti-microwave evidence, so I decided I would evaluate them and see if I came to a different conclusion than I did before. Continue reading