Consumer Reports October 2020: Pesticides and Produce

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Eating vegetables and fruit is vital to your health. But do they contain pesticides? Consumer Reports analyzed 2014-2018 data from the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program then calculated ratings for 35 fruits and vegetables, from broccoli to tomatoes, and apples to watermelon. Along with the ratings, “Stop Eating Pesticides” includes information on the cost of organic produce, the right way to wash produce, and the most concerning pesticides.

Most dentists agree that everyone should brush their teeth twice each day, for at least two minutes. Which kind of toothbrush should you use–manual or powered? “A Better Brush?” gives pros and cons for both, and includes ratings for eight electric toothbrushes.

Consumers often receive unwanted and unsolicited ads for various products, from dietary supplements to health aids to cures. “Supplement Schemes & COVID-19 Come-Ons” discusses some common scams and how to protect yourself.

Small kitchen appliances can be helpful in preparing holiday meals. Main courses can now be cooked in slow cookers and toaster ovens; side dishes can be prepared in air fryers, waffle makers, and others. “Countertop Holiday Helpers” discusses six small appliances and how they can be used and reviews each. Side articles on “Store Your Leftovers Safely” and “How to Lighten Up Holiday Meals” contain useful information.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • “The Ease of Wireless Chargers” 
  • “Finding a Reliable Toaster Oven”
  • “Best Blood Pressure Monitors for $50 or Less” 
  • “Making Back Seats Safer” (automobile safety features for rear-seat passengers)
  • Ratings for three-row SUVs and compact sedans

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2016.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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