The Dirty Dozen

Six one way, half a dozen the other?  Not exactly when it comes to organic foods..

Buying organic is expensive but, for me, worth it.  If you want to invest your money in something why not invest in your daily health?  What you eat is is literally the fuel for your body.  It affects your mood and energy, which then translates to your work ethic, mindset, awareness and how you interact with people around you every day.

Have you ever tried making a fire with wet logs? The logs, your fuel, is coated and it doesn’t work.  Would you use dish soap to wash your clothes?  I mean its soap right? Yes, but you’re not maximizing what’s available.  Buying organic can increase the nutritional value of your food and reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides.  More times then not, I can even taste the difference.

If you are going to buy any foods that are organic these are the ones.

Ladies and Gentleman, the dirty dozen: 

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  1. apples
  2. celery
  3. bell peppers
  4. peaches
  5. strawberries
  6. nectarines
  7. grapes
  8. spinach
  9. lettuce
  10. cucumber
  11. blueberries
  12. potatoes

other foods to watch: meats, milk, kale & green beans

The Environmental Working Group analyzes data regarding pesticide residue (published by the Department of Agriculture) and rates food every year based on how much pesticide residue they have.  If you follow the list and buy organic even with just these items, you could reduce your exposure to pesticides by 80%.  The group also publishes a “Clean 15.”


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