One of the major decisions that people have to make when they start living and eating a healthy diet is whether or not they want to switch to eating organic foods. Of course we all want to eat organic because it’s healthier, right? But then they quickly learn that “organic” often means “expensive” and it becomes outside of the financial reach for many that merely want to eat better and protect there family from harmful chemicals in foods.
There is a solution
If this is you, there is a solution for you! It’s called the “Dirty Dozen” food list which features the 12 fruit and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues. Every year since 2004, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) – a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental group – analyzes the data released from the Department of Agriculture (as well as running some of their own tests) and ranks the produce most to least contaminated.
That usually includes over 45 items being analyzed. What you get is a list of produce that, if purchased organic, can decrease your exposure to pesticides by 75%… JUST from avoiding those top 12 foods!
Here is your list
Ranked from most to least contaminated, here is this year’s Dirty Dozen:
Are your favorite fruit or veggies on the list?
The Clean 15
As I said, there are over 45 items on the list which means that the cleanest items are on their as well. The “bottom” of the list offers the produce that have the least amounts of pesticides. Those last 15 items are on the “Clean 15” list and can totally be purchased conventionally. They are (from most to least clean):
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas frozen
- Honeydew Melon
How to use these lists
Ideally, you want to purchase the Dirty Dozen organic as much as possible. If you find that you absolutely can not (which is understandable sometimes) then you do what you can with them. If you purchase them, be sure to clean them thoroughly to release as much of the pesticide as possible. OR you can just begin to eat more veggies from the Clean 15 list and less from the Dirty Dozen.
Ultimately, the goal is to eat more fresh fruit and veggies. Do that as much as you can and continue to build on your healthy habits.
If you would like a printable version of the Dirty Dozen list, CLICK HERE. If you would like the Clean 15 list, CLICK HERE. These are lists that you can quick reference when you go shopping. If you would like more information on GMOs, Pesticides, Health Benefits of Avoiding Pesticides, and more, you can just go to this article and check it out. For a full list of all 47 items that were tested this year, you can go here
Every little thing that you can do to protect your health and the health of your family is worth the effort. Do a little bit at a time and build from there. Knowledge is power. Learn more each day and empower yourself to make the changes you deem necessary.
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