The Dirty Dozen – Organic Food Style

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Eating healthy now a day can be complicated, and eating organic can be even more complicated. Should we eat organic food? Are all organic foods created equal? Will organic foods fit my budget? All great questions in the fight to stay fit, below I am going to breakdown the dirty dozen 12 foods I would suggest you buy organically. Why you ask? Well, these 12 foods here when tested on average contain a generous amount of pesticides, for example if you were to eat the 12 most contaminated foods or the “dirty dozen” below you would be exposed to an average of about 10 pesticides per day. My best example 96% of peaches tested showed up positive for pesticides, that’s close to 100% contamination rate. So without delay below is the list of the dirty dozen according to www.foodnews.org

The Dirty Dozen – Buy these Organic Foods When Possible

  1. Peaches
  2. Celery
  3. Apples
  4. Strawberries
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Spinach
  8. Bell Peppers
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)

Now as you can see, these are not exotic foods these are things many of you eat daily or weekly. Is eating a non organic apple going to kill you? No, but if you can keep harmful pesticides out of your body as much as possible, grab a organic apple next time.

For those of you on a budget who can’t buy organic or might now have access to organic food all the time below is a list of the “Clean 15” the foods testing lowest in pesticides.

  1. Avocado
  2. Onion
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Mango
  5. Pineapple
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Kiwi
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cabbage
  10. Egg Plant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grape Fruit
  15. Honeydew Melon

So there you have it a quick list of what foods to try and always eat organic, and a list of foods that you can skip if you are on a budget or don’t have access to the organic option. Enjoy and happy eating!

Source: EWG – www.foodnews.org