It’s time to get the “dirt” on what you’re really eating. Knowing the steps it takes to getting the right foods to your fork will help get the healthier “feastivities” underway.
To ensure you get the lowdown on the safest foods for your plate, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have compiled a list of produce classified as the “Dirty Dozen”. This group is based on foods considered to have the highest exposure to pesticides and fertilizers. In the past year, EWG added a few that may not entirely fit the criteria, but should be taken into account regardless. Whenever possible, stick to organic foods particularly on this list because of their link to high levels of toxins. If there are no other alternatives, be sure to thoroughly wash your conventionally-grown produce or avoid them altogether. It is a good idea to use Nature Clean fruit and veggie spray wash to help remove surface dirt, pesticides, wax, and chemical residues in order to reduce potential health risks related to cancer, fertility, reproductive, and neurological disorders.
“Dirty Dozen Plus”
Sweet bell peppers
Luckily, there’s always a bright side to things. Another everyday example of Yin and Yang at work I guess and in this case, the counterpart is “Clean Fifteen”. This category contains foods that encounter the least exposure to pesticides. If buying strictly organic is not plausible, then these are the ones that EWG suggests pose less of a concern. However, still be wary as many of these are known to be genetically modified. While this could be why they don’t require as many pesticides, it also could mean they present other health risks that are related to consuming GMOs. Such examples include, but are not limited to: increased toxicity, production of new allergens, and decreased nutrition. Whenever possible, try to eat seasonally to maximize nutrition, taste, and minimize costs.
When it comes to buying produce, you need to know what you’re really getting in order to make the best informed decisions regarding your health. It is better to buy from local farmers where the vegetables and fruits haven’t travelled a far distance, and haven’t developed to their full nutritional potential. This way also allows you to ask the producers firsthand whether their crops have been treated with chemicals or if they use genetically modified seeds. At the end of the day, it is important to stay informed and kept aware of what’s going on in the agricultural world.
Eat To Your Health!
~The Urban Hippie Mom✌
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