Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Dirty Dozen


No, this is not a post about the movie, but a post about fruits and veggies! Let's all give a shout out to our favorites - mine are broccoli and strawberries. Yours?

Now, imagine eating these and before you do, spraying chemicals all over them. Appetizing, eh?
I am going to introduce you to something called the "Dirty Dozen." It is a list of fruits and veggies to avoid buying if you can't buy organic. Why? Because they are heavily sprayed with pesticides to keep the bugs from eating them, and recently companies have even starting cloning these foods (more about this later). I am going to share with you the "Dirty Dozen" list of foods and some reasons why to buy organic whenever possible.

The 12 Most Contaminated - these are the fruits and veggies sprayed the most heavily with pesticides, so buy organic when possible
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

The 12 Least Contaminated - these foods are not sprayed much or do not absorb the pesticide because of their thick skin, which means they do not need to be organic

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

Ok, so now that we have those foods straight, why should you bother to buy organic produce? Note: Today I am just talking about buying fruits and veggies organic, so I won't go into why buying organic dairy and meat is important (it might even be more important!). I will save that for another post.

Thirty percent of our crops in the U.S. today are GMO crops (Genetically Modified Organisms), which means they were produced in a laboratory. Do you want to eat "fake" food? That's what I like to call it. It's almost the same thing as eating Dolly, the cloned sheep. Here is a good Q&A article if you want to know more about GMO's.

Another reason why I like to buy organic when I can - all the chemicals that I do not want to put in my body. Who knows what is sprayed all over our crops and then absorbed into the fruit. Studies have shown that pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system, increase the risk of cancer, and decrease fertility.

There are multiple other reasons to buy organic, but those are the two big reasons that resonate with me. If you are able to buy some organic produce, remember the "Dirty Dozen" list. I know many people who talk about how expensive buying organic is, and all I can ask is for you to think about this question: How much of a priority is your health to you?

If this resonates with you, do your research and make it a priority!

~Leslie

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