Most people know that its best to eat organic food because of the benefits, you included right. But there is a myriad of information out there, and a minefield of supermarket labelling to get through when we select our ‘food’
- ‘Real’ food
- ‘Fresh’ and ‘healthy’
Don’t get me started on packaged foods in supermarkets, I mean really, if food companies have to put the words ‘real, fresh, healthy and no additives’ on the label, it’s probably so far removed from the ‘Mother Nature’ food sources. Keep it simple, buy the actual food and make your own e.g. apples and make your own apple pie. At least that way you KNOW what’s exactly in it.
Hmm food for thought … excuse the pun.
Which gets me to the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15′, which you might be aware of.
The Environmental Working Group, a US health and environmental research organisation, created a couple of lists outlining the “clean” and “dirty” fruit and veg.
Fruit and veg were deemed ‘dirty’ if their production typically involved using pesticides. The ‘Clean 15′ is a list of fruit and veg which require a limited amount of intervention in order to grow.
Research has shown that by using these lists as a guideline, people could potentially reduce pesticide exposure by almost 90 per cent.
The ‘Dirty Dozen’ list contains :- apples, capsicum, blueberries, celery, grapes, cucumber, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, strawberries and spinach.
To download your list click here - The ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean 15’
So next time you select a fruit of vegetable from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list aim to buy organic ones. A cheaper way to buy fresh, in season, organic produce is to buy at a local farmers market.