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Eating Clean in a Dirty World:

Buying Organic  //  Stay Informed.  Stay Healthy.  Stay Safe.

 

Walking through the produce section is no longer an easy endeavor.   We end up standing there wondering which vegetables and fruits to buy organic if not all of them.  Concurrently, if we do buy strictly organic our pocket books often times feel the strain so we end up foregoing the endeavor entirely.


The lists below were reported by the Environmental Working Group as the top "CLEAN" (low in pesticides) and "DIRTY" (high in pesticides) fruits and vegetables.  According to the EWG two thirds of produced sampled in government studies were laden with pesticides. 


Both of these lists below are to educate and inform you so that you can manage your budget while grocery shopping and ultimately strive to cut down on our exposure and ingestion of harmful toxins.

 


Save money and buy the vegetables and fruits on the "CLEAN" list in the regular produce section.  Feel free to purchase them fresh or frozen. Frozen foods generally keep all of their nutrients because they are flash frozen shortly after they are harvested.  Freezing them locks in their nutrients making them a healthy choice for your nutritional needs.


Buying organic has yet to become the inexpensive and ubiquitous choice for all consumers as it should be.  In the meanwhile  the vegetables on the "DIRTY" list are worth purchasing organic based on the high amount of pesticides they contain especially when feeding your children or pregnant.

Washing Fresh Produce

Generally speaking a good water bath or rinse is your best bet to clean all fruits and vegetables.  If you would like to take your cleaning one step farther a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water with lemon juice  is a safe bet to eliminate a fair number of possible bacteria, including E coli.