Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Dirty Dozen vs.The Clean 15

By: Erica Blair
There is so much information out there about what to eat and what not to eat.  There mare many questions being asked,  “Should I eat organic or conventional, does it matter?”  
Not all of us have the opportunity to eat organic, locally grown fresh out of your backyard.  But those that do have a choice of eating organic need to remember it isn’t only about the food you choose to eat, it also is about the environment.  The more you choose organic the less consumption of toxins and it less impact on the environment.  The list provided below is great to help you identify the most highly contaminated produce and the least contaminated.   
The Environmental Working Group has added to the Dirty Dozen call it the Dirty Dozen Plus™ and also have a Clean 15™. 
Dirty Dozen Plus™
*Buy these organic!

Clean 15™
*Lowest in Pesticides
1.     Apples
2.     Celery
3.     Sweet bell peppers
4.     Peaches
5.     Strawberries
6.     Nectarines-imported
7.     Grapes
8.     Spinach
9.     Lettuce
10. Blueberries-domestic
11. Potatoes
12. Green beans
13. Kale & all other greens
1.     Onions
2.     Sweet corn
3.     Pineapples
4.     Avocado
5.     Cabbage
6.     Sweet peas
7.     Asparagus
8.     Mangoes
9.     Eggplant
10. Kiwi
11. Cantaloupe-domestic
12. Sweet potato
13. Grapefruit
14. Watermelon
15. Mushroom

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