Organic Produce – the Dirty Dozen

Now that we are beginning to feel the warmth of the weather and feel like we are finally heading in the direction of summer we really need to be aware of the foods that are now at the peak of the season for freshness that we are purchasing. A lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are covered with tons of pesticides. Until recently I did not know that there is a list out there called the dirty dozen. This is a list of foods that you should try to buy organic whenever possible because they are the most heavily covered in pesticides. I feel like the more and more chemicals and things that we put into our foods the worse they are for us. Now, I have not been super strict about eating everything organic at all but I do know that if there are somethings that are better to buy organic then that is what I am going to try to do. Especially since little man is super crazy about any type of fruit that he can get his hands on.

Here is the list of the foods most heavily covered in pesticides.
Dirty Dozen
1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Peaches
6. Pears
7. Cherries
8. Grapes
9. Celery
10. Tomatoes
11. Sweet Bell Peppers
12. Potatoes

Then there is a list of foods that is the least likely to be covered in pesticides. These are the ones that you don’t have to worry about buying organic.

Clean Fifteen
1. Sweet Corn
2. Avocados
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Onions
6. Frozen Sweet Peas
7. Papayas
8. Asparagus
9. Mangos
10. Eggplant
11. Honeydew Melon
12. Kiwi fruit
13. Cantaloupe
14. Cauliflower
15. Grapefruit

I know that some people really don’t care about things being organic. I have been buying produce for a while and not caring about it either. However, if there is a simple list like this of some foods that would be better for you if you do buy them organic then why not. And now that I have cut out sugars and am really trying to be aware of what I am eating this list is helpful when going to the grocery store. Usually I just put an “o” next to the items on my grocery list so that I know those are the foods that I need to try to buy organic.

Another thing to do is to check out your local farmers markets to buy your produce. This stuff usually doesn’t have as much for pesticides on them since most of the time it is smaller farmers that are selling. Or if you have kids and really feel up to the challenge over the summer, try and make your own little garden and watch at least some of these foods grow right at home. I know last year we grew cherry tomatoes and Ray had a blast picking the tomatoes when they turned red. He also got to learn about taking care of them and watering them. Even if you don’t have much space. I grew mine in a large flower-pot. It is really pretty simple.

If you want to know more information about the dirty dozen list check out the site Dr. Axe Food is Medicine. This gives some more information about the different foods and is a list that has been updated this year.

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