Dirtiest Produce?? Go Organic For These

Every year a report is compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) from data the US Department of Agriculture gathered in 2012, from samples they took from 48 different kinds of fruits and vegetables, that lists the filthiest and most pesticide-laden fruits and veggies. It’s called the “Dirty Dozen”. Some of the fruits and veggies are always on the list and some switch position within the list. It is very important to know which foods you should prioritize on your grocery list as “Organic”. The economy and our wallets aren’t as prosperous as they used to be so pays for us to know when to buy organic and when it’s ok to buy conventional produce.

Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples

  2. Strawberries

  3. Grapes

  4. Celery

  5. Peaches

  6. Spinach

  7. Sweet Bell Peppers

  8. Nectarines (imported)

  9. Cucumbers

  10. Cherry Tomatoes

  11. Snap Peas (imported)

  12. Potatoes

**SPECIAL NOTE - although Kale, Collard Greens and Hot Peppers aren't on the "official" list - they still contain particularly harmful, toxic chemicals, such as organophosphates and carbamate insecticides. So, go organic for these too! 

According to the research, every sample of imported nectarines and 99% of apple samples tested positive for the residue of at least 1 pesticide and the average potato has more pesticides by weight than any other food. Gross huh?? A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides. And single samples of celery, strawberries, imported snap peas and cherry tomatoes contained 15 different pesticides apiece. This really makes me want to grow my own food!! I wish I had the time and a garden to enjoy as many fresh fruits and vegetables. It disturbs me that our government which is supposed to protect its citizens allows our food supply to be so contaminated but… that is another story for another day. Keep this list in mind when you’re shopping for your fruits and veggies! Oh and if you’re like me and make smoothies or juice fruits and veggies remember that these veggies should be organic even if they aren’t on the Dirty Dozen list. You don’t want to ruin the direct infusion of vitamins and minerals with pesticides!

This is one of my favorite smoothies! I usually have it as my breakfast - quick and clean.

Tropical Detox Smoothie

3 organic kale leaves, destalked

2 cups organic almond milk

1 organic apple, cored

½ cup organic mango, frozen

½ packet organic Sambazon acai, frozen

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

**Blend and enjoy!

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