CSF reader Zack on the CSF Forum asked about fluoride pesticides and acne, and which foods are highest in fluoride (so he knows what to avoid for acne).
Listen to the podcast episode 13 about this, or read below!
CSF Podcast #013 – Fluoride Pesticides & Acne
Fluoride pesticide residue levels in food vary a lot, depending on where the food was grown, how bad pest problems were that year, etc.
Some non-organic foods may have zero pesticides on them, others may have tons.
Any non-organically-grown foods are suspect – we’ve had issues on the forum with non-organic oranges causing acne, specifically, as well as non-organic wine. (Organic versions of oranges and wine didn’t cause any acne.)
I’ve combed through the USDA pesticide use database, and found 50+ pesticides that are fluoride-based (have “flu” in the name). Here are some gems to give you an idea of how widely used fluoride pesticides are, and why this is freaky:
Cryolite is used on wine grapes in CA.
Lest you think Washington wine is safe, norflurazon is widely used there.
Fluazinam is used on vegetables and fruits.
Fluazifop is used on soybeans.
Flubendiamide is used on corn, soy, vegetables, fruits, and grapes.
Flucarbazone is sprayed on wheat.
Yikes! Any fluoride pesticide residue is a potential recipe for acne.
This is why I do not buy non-organic food of any kind, unless I specifically know the farmer who grew it, and I know that they do not use any toxic pesticides.
Buying organic should save you from all of these fluoride-based pesticides. (Though any bottled drinks – organic kombucha, organic juice made from concentrate, etc. – basically anything made with added water in a factory – is also likely to be fluoridated.)
Hope this helps you navigate the crazy-toxic modern food world a little better! 🙂