Have you ever heard of the Dirty Dozen? It’s the 12 kinds of produce that you absolutely MUST buy organic because they are most heavily sprayed with pesticides.Pesticides contribute to toxicity in the body, which means that we are more likely to suffer from allergies, a weakened immune system, and digestive problems, among other things. So even when we are trying to be healthy, we still need to monitor the toxins. A few years back, researches tested random newborn babies in US and found over 200 toxins in their blood!
Many fruits and vegetables that have thin skins or have skins that you eat are toxic when bought conventional. As a general rule of thumb, you want to make sure that anything you buy that has a thin skin is organic, as this will limit the amount of environmental toxins entering your body that wreak havoc on your health. Remember to buy produce in season, and with some produce, you can freeze excess amounts. This works really well for smoothies!
While it is always best to buy organic whenever possible, this doesn’t work for every budget. Organic produce, especially out of season, can be outrageously priced. The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen were created for this exact reason: to help you know the top 12 foods that you MUST buy organic and the top 15 that can be bought conventional.
DIRTY DOZEN:• Peaches• Apples• Sweet Bell Peppers• Celery• Nectarines• Strawberries• Cherries• Pears• Grapes (Imported)• Spinach• Lettuce• Potatoes
CLEAN FIFTEEN:• Avocados• Sweet corn• Pineapples• Cabbage• Sweet peas (frozen)• Onions• Asparagus• Mangoes• Papayas• Kiwi• Eggplant• Grapefruit• Cantaloupe (domestic)• Cauliflower• Sweet potatoes
(source: Environmental Working Group)
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Jeanine Toes, AADP
Certified Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Health Coach
Novo Wellness for Life