The Dirty Dozen
Incorporating fresh produce into your diet is essential for optimal health, but the pesticide coating on many healthy fruits and vegetables is a cause for concern. Earlier this year The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, released a guide (known as the “dirty dozen” and the “clean 15 Plus”) to help consumers choose the safest produce while avoiding those tested as the most toxic.
Pesticide Exposure, Whats The Big Deal?
Pesticides present real health risks, especially to children and those with current health issues. The EWG points out that there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can have adverse effects on health, especially during vulnerable periods, fetal development and childhood. The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides include disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine system, and increased risks of cancer.
Knowledge Is Power
It is important to educate yourself on the use of toxic pesticides so you have enough knowledge to protect your health and the health of your loved ones. When you know what to look out for, you can continue to reap every health benefit these nutrient dense fruits and vegetables have to offer, without exposing yourself and your family to toxic chemicals.
A Healthy Immune System
Although I strongly believe fresh is best for healthy immune system function and to help heal any type of autoimmune disorder, these fresh foods may also pose a threat to our health if were not educated.
Listed for you below are “The Dirty Dozen Plus” and “The Clean 15”: produce you should buy organic and which you can buy conventional. Use this on your next grocery run as a guide to better health, because as you know, knowledge is power.
The 2013 “Dirty Dozen Plus“
The following “Dirty Dozen Plus” produce had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy organic versions:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
Plus these which may contain organophosphate insecticides, which the EWG characterizes as “highly toxic” and of special concern:
- Kale/collard greens
- Summer squash
The 2013 “Clean 15”
Of the fruit and vegetable categories tested, the following “Clean 15” foods had the lowest pesticide residue, and because of that, are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from taking pesticide contamination into consideration:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas
- Cantaloupe (domestic)
- Sweet potatoes
I also encourage you to read a few of my “get healthy now” tips and articles below. These are all tips that have helped me to heal my MG symptoms as well as my overall health.
Exercise: Fitness routine for strength
Healing Smoothies: Green smoothies
Essentials: Everyday essentials