Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Dirty Dozen...Of Fruits and Vegetables

Get your stinking paws off me you damn dirty apple! Yup, you're looking at the dirtiest fruit in the world, and no I don't mean actual dirt, I mean pesticides. Apples are the most pesticide filled fruit on a new list, also known as the 'Dirty Dozen', from the Environmental Working Group. Below is the actual list.

After Apples it's:

2. Celery
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines-imported
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Blueberries-domestic
12. Potatoes
Apparently simply washing these fruits and veggies isn't enough. The best way to avoid the pesticides is to buy Organic which most of our grocery stores today have specifically separated. Also if you are buying at a farmers market, take the time to ask if pesticides were used. I think for most people the perception of Organic = Expensive, and while I understand that feeling it's way better to spend a few extra bucks to get clean fruits and veggies. To read more about the list please visit the site:
There's also a ton of other great info on the site like cell phone radiation reports and a sunscreen safety guide, among others...

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